We don’t normally cover electronic music on Northern Exposure: Not due to any ingrained bias against people who don’t use physical instruments, no no. Rather, we have no idea how to pronounce the names of such artists. This preliminary judgement is proving true so far, as we have a brief chat with 4RSEF4ACE, in perhaps the most grammatically correct 60 seconds piece so far…
Tell us about yourself…
I am a solo alternative electronic musician from Barnsley; I create instrumental music (though looking to network with vocalists soon) with industrial and retro styles woven into the sounds I use. If you can’t tell from the pseudonym, I don’t myself overly seriously; I take myself seriously as a musician, but I try not to act big-headed about stuff like some people you see in bands.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
I’d say my biggest musical influences come from Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and deadmau5. The way they both experiment with sounds and synthesizers to create music has always fascinated me, and I try to incorporate new textures into each track I make; making bland, generic chart-style tunes would drive me insane.
Sum up yourself in five words…
Experimental, quirky, meme-lover, chilled, eccentric.
Who writes your songs?
Me, myself, and I.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Currently, because my music is instrumental, it’s hard to tell from just listening, but I try and create a narrative in my mind and make the tracks flow through that. My most recently uploaded EP follows an odd story about lone robots coming to Earth, after the apocalypse, and what they each observe about human history. Different from the usual sex, women, and partying, I know.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
Brooders, they’re a great grunge-y band and put on a good show.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
Post Malone – Stoney. Not really my kinda genre, but ol’ Posty is great.
What are you like live?
I have yet to play live, with my solo work at least! Working on finding musicians to support me with that.
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
The Fragile – Nine Inch Nails. Beautifully deep and meaningful album; every track is amazing.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
I’m looking to make a collaborative EP with a different vocalist on each track. Probably with a darker, more industrial sound than my current EP, too.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – A bunch of VST synths (Massive is my fave).
BASE – Barnsley.
FOOTBALL – Not a football kinda guy! Virtus.pro is my fave eSports team though.
GUILTY PLEASURE – The Nickelback album, ‘Dark Horse’. They put out some great riffs and no one can tell me otherwise.
HERO – David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana are up there.
VILLAIN – Lil Yachty.
BEST COMEDY SHOW – I’m so attached to my fave comedies, it’s like choosing my favourite limb; Peep Show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Office (UK), Black Books.
THREADS – Standard, brandless black jumpers are what I’m usually in.
TROTTERS – My Doc Martens for sure.
AT THE BAR – White Russian.
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Woodstock ’94 – what an insane line-up.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp know how to party.
FILM – Tough one, Goodfellas or Ex Machina.
SOUNDTRACK – Drive has the best OST by far, in my opinion. The TV series, ‘Mr. Robot’, has some great music too.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – ‘The Fragile’ – Nine Inch Nails, ‘Stupid Decisions’ – FIDLAR, ‘Loud Like Love’ – Placebo.
TOP OF THE POPS – My opinion on current music really depends on which music scene you look at. Like, the generic indie bands that are popping up everywhere hurt my brain, but there are some amazing bands coming up across most genres – if you’re one of these ‘rock is dead’ kinds of people, piss off.
THREE WORDS – Unique, experimental, weird.