Hey Graeme, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us! So glad to have you back after a year since your last release (Flourish) with us on Below..
Graeme: Glad to be here <3
How has the start of 2021 been for you personally, or musically?
Graeme: 2021 has really been eye-opening for me so far. I’ve been able to surround myself with like-minded musicians and experiment with ideas that I’ve never attempted. There’s always something new to try, and 2021 is no exception.
“Palace” is a beautifully crafted blend of harmonics and bass, what triggered your initial inspiration to create this track?
Graeme: My initial inspiration was nothing more than to try and combine melody and bass into something fluid and understandable. I’ve been developing my sound as an artist, and “Palace” is the latest and most complete manifestation of this journey. I’m really proud of this release, and I hope that people can relate to the traditional elements while embracing the experimental.
Did the pandemic affect you while in the process of producing this track? Whether in a positive manner by giving your more time to focus; or in another light by causing too much distraction?
Graeme: My motivation took a big hit during the pandemic, as I found myself spending more time at home. It was great at first, but between all the small details of finishing the track and the extra time spent indoors, I was burnt out. It took some serious reshaping of my priorities and routine to bring back the energy I needed to finish the final product you hear today.
You’ve had a couple releases the past years with Jadu Dala, Drop Central Presently Lifted and us (Below the Surface). How has releasing with such labels benefited you?
Graeme: I am so grateful for the releases that Above and other labels have given me over the years. I’ve been able to network with other artists, evaluate my strengths and weaknesses, and contribute to the very talented underground bass music scene. Outside of this, the feedback from the community motivates me to push my sound design and composition further to give the people something they’ve never heard before.
What goals did Graeme accomplish as a brand in 2020?
Graeme: 2020 was a year to polish my brand. I took more time to work on visual art, my workflow process, clean up my social media presence, and even pick a logo.
A couple of months into the year now, what are some goals you have for the 2021? This could be related to your music, your personal life, anything you interpret it as.
Graeme: 2021 is going to be a transition period both personally and musically for me. I’m putting time towards learning new skills, relocating, and building new personal relationships. As I grow as an individual, I want to stay committed to a consistent production schedule and share my growth through the music that will inevitably be created along the way.
If you have any other projects or releases that you’d like to plug to the fans, let us have it; otherwise – get your butts to your favorite streaming platform and check out ‘Palace’, by Graeme, out now on Above.
Graeme: Keep up with my latest buffoonery on my new Instagram(instagram.com/graemecreative). I also have a sample pack being released side by side with “Palace”. It’s my first pack, so go check it out!