Forgotten Frequencies is a producer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the south side of Glasgow, Scotland. With a love of live performance and real instrumentation, his style ranges from low-key Rhodes-dominant house music, to up-tempo, euphoric, rush-hour stomps.
Having released on multiple VA compilations, from local Scottish labels Alumni and Tonic Note Records, to Dutch label Techfui, Forgotten Frequencies’ work, including debut release ‘Oh My’ (2019), has received praise from luminaries of the house like Laurent Garnier, Black Loops and Demuja. ‘Interplanetary’ (2020), showed a more developed and more relaxed style for the artist’s work, at home both on the dance floors and in headphones.
‘Simpler Vibrations’, the artist’s first EP, is a 4-track journey of warm and familiar compositions, combining soothing electric piano and punchy percussion with soulful guitars and vocal lines. As well as being the artist’s first solo release, the EP also contains another first; a carefully crafted remix of “Waves” by Glasgow scene veterans We Should Hang Out More. ‘Simpler Vibrations’ will be released in early March 2022, on WSHOM’s In The Event of Capture imprint.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him, and this has been the result.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hey, you can find me currently thinking about making music, but actually procrastinating and making a coffee for inspiration instead. It’s been a sunny and hazy start to the day, and hopefully some studio time later to balance out my productivity.
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
This one’s been in the works for a while actually! “All You Need’ has been through many variations and remoulds since around 2017, and “Waves” from circa 2018. These tunes have been crafted with painstaking love and we’ve definitely been through some battles with each other. I think I’ve finally won though and I’m really happy with the final product.
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
These tracks were definitely made to be at home both in the club, and on headphones – and each medium has a different story to tell. These tracks were resurrected during the tedium of lockdown, and are a nod to the re-opening of clubs and the return of the dancefloor communities and festivals worldwide.
What artists are you interested in these days?
The quality and variety of artists nowadays is just mind boggling so that’s a tough question. I’m a massive fanboy of Session Victim for their live shows, and constantly impressed by their output on their Pen & Paper label. I’ve definitely been watching Aleksandir and his Artesian Sounds label, and excited to see some new music by Scissorwork coming up on that soon.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I think that’s absolutely the only really fun way to make music; to really try to have fun with your equipment, whatever that is – and try to create something new in the moment. I’m not a huge fan of reference tracks, and tend to let the elements find their own way together as much as possible. My tracks always begin as a live jam so their direction is very loose most of the time – this keeps me excited.
How would you define your sound?
Sunken summery house vibes, with a lot of Rhodes and some live guitars, mostly.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
Next up on the horizon is a pretty mammoth field recording archive I’m still rifling through for a 12 track LP – each track based around the cities visited on my world travels. I’d say I’ve got 9 out of the 12 tracks finished and the prospect of that coming together soon really excites me. More news on that front soon..