Interview with Bristol-based music producer Vexxy

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Bristol-based music producer Vexxy is carving a new space for his grime and wave flavoured cuts, using his unquestionable ability to create vivid productions that emerge from the backdrop of underground UK music.

Exploring subtle influences of RnB and UKG through shifted vocal samples, soaring synths and sharp, staggering rhythms, Vexxy offers a powerful contrast to the expected constants of grime, breathing new life and a fresh direction into the rhythm and grime style that has branched out from the main genre.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Some my earliest releases were heavily influenced by dubstep however I’ve sort of shifted from that as I’ve begun to discover different genre’s/sub-genres of electronic music and grime.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

I tend to get inspired by artists who’ve really got their own unique sound. I always think back to when I first heard Murlo and how I’ve ended up finding so many other artists who have impacted my sound by digging through the world of melodic grime/electronic music.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I’ve been using a Korg Minilogue for a while now which has ended up all over my tracks over the past year or so. I basically made the track ‘Wanna B With U’ using entirely Minilogue sounds/patches. VHS/VCR also has a nice square-wave lead sound which came from the Minilogue. I use Ableton Live for everything else such as arrangement/mixing/mastering.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Not really had much changed with equipment however I really need to update my music space. I’m not feeling very creative at all at the moment so need some new gear to kick start some new ideas.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

Flume – Hi This Is Flume
Travis Scott – Astroworld
K-Trap – No Magic

I wouldn’t necessarily say these albums have had a direct impact on my sound however I have been banging these out recently and each album is 10/10 in my opinion.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Pholo, Grace and Rygby are my favourite artists at the moment. I’ll probably spin more tracks from these guys than my own haha.

What inspires you outside of music?

I love the film. After watching Joker I found myself making some really dark music which I can’t wait to release next year.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

I really want to produce an album soon however I need to find a concept or some more inspiration first before I start a big project like that.

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?

Wu-Tang Clan acapella’s over drill instrumentals would be cool. Or maybe just old school rap acapella’s fused with a drill. But I definitely think Wu-Tang would be a good place to start.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Now that VHS/VCR is out on Patch 2 I literally have nothing lined up. I’ve definitely got enough material together to release an EP but got a lot of work to do on these tracks first.

Famous last words?

That’s all folks!

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