Hailing from the southwest but now based in Leeds, Phrixus is recognised for his original and experimental dance floor and percussion-driven productions that get us excited every time. Having released on Circular Jaw a couple months back, we're excited to finally bring him to Bristol to play alongside Wu Yen at our October event so we thought we'd hit him up for a little chat.
"...it tends to transcend typical genre boundaries and places more an emphasis on hyperactivity, constant evolvement and maintaining a consistency over a variety of different bpms."
You've definitely been producing in this new realm of bass music that's kind of hard to define, how would you describe it?
Sometimes I don’t even know myself..... to try and sum it up however I’d say strongly percussion-orientated music with heavy influences from IDM, noise music and rap. Some specific examples of styles and genres my sound takes influences from include club music, grime, trap, footwork and kuduro. There are a lot of people who have been producing what I’d generally categorise as this sort of music (Untold being a prime example).... it tends to transcend typical genre boundaries and places more an emphasis on hyperactivity, constant evolvement and maintaining a consistency over a variety of different bpms.
You've got an EP which has come out on Circular Jaw (Run by Nuvaman, Foxmind and Werdna), how did that come about?
I’ve been chatting to those guys for roughly a year now after they had me come down and play for them in Birmingham, we’ve been really good friends ever since and I love how quickly they have matured as producers.
For them, good music is always the priority, no matter what style/genre it may be and their passion truly lies in continuing to push the boundaries of all forms of bass music. On top of the fact they’ve already put out some fantastic releases this past year and a half I felt I truly resonated with this general “no boundaries just good music” aesthetic and thus felt compelled to do an EP for them (always nice to support friends too........).
"Bristol primarily has always been doing great things, but there are also some fantastic producers coming out of there at the moment - particularly Lakeway, Glot, Crypticz and Vern & Milla."
You also had a Sounds of Sumo EP not long ago, is it unusual to release two EPs so close together?
It is quite. The main reason is that it makes it a lot harder for the second EP to have the same impact as the first one, it’s an over saturation issue. As a result the Circular Jaw hasn’t done as well as I feel it deserved to - I feel it better represents what I would define as my sound and lot of effort went into making that EP. Thus don’t expect me to be releasing any 2 EPs so close together in time in future!
Having grown up in Exeter, how do you feel about the southwest music scene now that you live up North?
I love the southwest scene! Bristol primarily has always been doing great things, but there are also some fantastic producers coming out of there at the moment - particularly Lakeway, Glot, Crypticz and Vern & Milla. Exeter used to be fantastic for music as we had a variety of different nights covering different areas of music - we used to get the likes of Kahn, Arkist & Distal down regularly but due to a lot of people moving away the scene has become a lot more monotonous and safe. Saying all this I find the north (Leeds in particular) a lot more enjoyable now in terms of the scene. Whilst it isn’t as established as what you might find in Bristol for electronic music, it has a huge amount of raw potential for expanding - there’s loads of great promoters working really hard all across the city to turn it into a more recognised music hub.
"Deft and Untold have been massive influences for me due to their constant ability to update and re-contextualise their sound"
How has your music grown for you in the past year, was there a defining moment that pushed things forward?
I definitely felt that achieving a number one on the Juno Bass charts with my EP for Sounds Of Sumo was a big moment - felt like a milestone where I could finally see that all my hard work was beginning to pay off and has given me a lot of motivation to keep working as hard as possible.
Are there particular artists you've been inspired by or have received particular support from?
In terms of inspirations Deft and Untold have been massive influences for me due to their constant ability to update and re-contextualise their sound yet still keep it hugely cohesive across a wide range of BPMs and styles. I get super bored if I fix myself on one genre for too long, so seeing artists of this calibre switch things up constantly yet still receive widespread acclaim has been a hugely motivating factor for me in keeping Phrixus as a project as eclectic as possible. In terms of support, Mark Starr in particular has been a massive massive legend in terms of helping me get my music out there, by supporting my music from day one and originally linking me up with Sounds of Sumo, so as always big ups to Mark!
What can we hope to see from you in the near future?
Lots and lots...... got a few tunes and remixes soon to be released in the next couple of months, and then a project which should be seeing the light of day early next year which I am super excited for. Maybe an album at some point next year, too...
Interview by Beth Sheldrick
Click here to find our October event on Facebook
You can listen to his guest mix for us below.