We got our first taste of Will Clarke sonic prowess on Truesoul in February when he teamed up with Eli Brown to deliver the wicked acid house fireball ‘Our Love’. The track stands as a 2019 highlight for the imprint and ensured Will was in pole position for a follow up on Adam Beyer’s label.
‘Nothing Is Forever’ comes a mere six months later and stands as Will’s first instrumental EP, eschewing his normal vocal-orientated approach to craft a trio of melodically rich cuts. ‘Mucaj’ drips with atmosphere, driven by layered chords and shimmering tops. The title track exudes a peak-time stomp as persistent synths build and undulate with thrilling intensity, all with a menacing retro-techno tinge. ‘Meta’ was made during a pre-dawn session in Will’s studio and is another of the artist’s brilliant juxtapositions of darkness and light, as searing subterranean synth lines and knife-sharp percussion give space to a stirring string sequence.
Listen to the full premiere of ‘Mucaj’ while reading the short interview Will Clarke gave us. Enjoy !
WWD: What’s your aim when you go into the studio? Is it too evoke a vibe? Craft something that will conjure a huge reaction on the dance floor based on specific composition methods, or it is based on creative concept? Or a mixture of these mindsets?
This is a tough question really because I’ve never actually thought about it, however I guess it depends what mood I am in on that specific day. However, when I go in the studio to make ‘club’ orientated music, I am either going in to make something that I know will slam on a dance floor, or a record that is going to pull at the heartstrings – i.e. giving people that goose bump moment. Whether I actually get there, is a whole other story ;).
WWD: What’s your studio set up like? Are you producing out of the box or are you a hardware man?
Currently I am actually in my Detroit studio, which is a new edition for me, let’s say it’s a work in progress so I am working 100% in the box. I’m still playing that mind game with myself – do I go buy a load of hardware, or can I make just as good music without it? It’s a tough battle I have with myself on a weekly basis. My studio in the UK is a little more hardware-friendly. This is mostly because I’ve had my UK studio for a lot longer and just collated gear over the years.
WWD: Can you share a tip for emerging producers still finding their way?
I can only speak from my own experiences. I set a goal for a label I wanted to sign to and just wrote music every single day, whether that is an hour in the studio or 5 hours, I just didn’t stop writing. There is no wrong or right way on how to write music, so just enjoy the process. Also remember that unless you are a whiz kid, your first few years of writing music are going to be rough. For me, every track I wrote sounded like shit but that takes time and patience (which is the hardest thing to overcome).
WWD: How did you get in contact with Adam Beyer and Truesoul?
It was towards the end of 2018 I noticed Adam was playing a couple of records of mine that were released, so I slid into his DM’s just thanking him. We started talking and he initially asked me to remix ‘Your Mind’, the record he did with Bart Skills. Adam was unsure if they were going to release any remixes as the record was still huge and doing damage. However, after working the remix Adam asked if I’d be interested to do an EP for Truesoul, which then came as a collaborative release with Eli Brown, another Bristol boy. I guess from then on myself and Adam just kept in touch and here we are with my second EP on Truesoul.
WWD: What’s next for you?
Coming up for the rest of the year I have a whole lot of new music coming out, obviously the release on Truesoul, that ‘Your Mind’ remix is coming out on 23 September as part of Drumcode A-Sides as well. I have releases coming out on Dense & Pika’s imprint Kneaded Pains and a release on Alan Fitzpatrick’s label. Also there may be a follow up EP from myself and Eli Brown. Then moving in to 2020 my team and I are working on some super exciting projects that will be announced in the near future.
Release date : September 9th, 2019. Buy Here