5 Questions With ANIMAI

Photography by Miles Rouse
Words by Josh Abraham

What is it about bass/electronica music that is so addictive, in your opinion?

The sounds and the innovation. Yes, the music is influenced from what came before, but the almost infinite possibilities of sound is clear, and there’s a constant opportunity for the experimentation and playfulness that’s needed for creativity to develop. The underground scene will probably always influence pop and mainstream music because of this.

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You live in London – what would you say is the best part of living there?

I’d say the best part of living in London is the diversity, and I’m proud of the city for this. It is full of vibrant culture, and creatives, which is inspiring.

Your latest track has a remix with the legendary DJ, Fish, what was it like working with him?

I’ve known Dan (Fish) for about nine years now; we met in 2012 at Fabric through Dom (Submotion Orchestra/Ruckspin). He’s an awesome human, DJ and producer. I had always wanted to get him involved in my project and when I wrote this track I knew straight away that he would smash the remix. Check out him and Sherry S – their live sets are mad!

With the current climate in mind, what are you binge-watching right now?

I’m more of a film geek, but I did just binge Normal People, and really enjoyed it. The show really highlights the importance of communication between people and mental health. The intensity and subtleties of Paul Mescal’s (Connel) acting is phenomenal. Filmwise, I’ve watched The Peanut Falcon and Jojo Rabbit, which I highly recommend if you like Captain Fantastic, Hunt for the Wilder People or Wes Anderson films.

When we’re out of this pandemic – what’s the first thing you’re looking forward to doing?

Apart from regular human interaction again – y’know, seeing friends and family – it probably has to be a music festival in the sun with a cider.

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