Through the Wire: Etherwood
As part of the New Blood 013 release on April 29th I have been chatting to a few of the artists featured on the compilation. This week I caught up with producer, Etherwood.
How did you get into producing music?
I’ve played guitar and piano since I was young and I’ve loved electronic music since I was a teenager. I got my first copy of Reason when I was at Uni and it started from there.
Is there a story behind the name?
Everyone calls me Woody so I wanted to have wood in there somewhere. The Ether part was mainly because I liked how it sounded. Plus Etherwood is the surname of my girlfriend’s old music teacher so thought that was a nice omen (if a little tenouous)
What was your first ever gig like?
I don’t remember much of it, apart from having to sit down because I couldn’t stand on two feet. I was 17 in a metal band, we did a load of covers and I started in the wrong key for a lot of it. At the end I sort of half threw, half carefully placed my (dad’s) guitar on the floor and walked out the building. I know…Rock and Roll
Funniest things that’s ever happened at a gig?
There’s a load. Jakwob Live was headlining a festival last summer. About ten minutes before we were due on stage, I realised the guitar was back at the studio. I thought it was hilarious. The others didn’t from what I remember.
Who are your musical influences?
Ultimately, Radiohead. As a kid it was blues guitarists; Hendrix, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson. I loved that sound. Then I discovered bands like Sigur Ros, The Album Leaf, Explosions In The Sky. The atmosphere just stayed with me. From a d&b perspective, I first started listening to London Elek, dbridge, Calibre, Bungle, Klute, Commix, anyone who put a stamp on a certain sound.
What’s on the cards for 2013?
I want to spend as much time in the studio as I can and work towards some really solid releases. I’m hoping to get a few more shows sorted as well, try and play out as much as possible.
And finally, any advice for upcoming producers?
Try jamming a lot of stuff initially so you naturally settle on a sound or genre as opposed to trying to write within the confines of it. That way you’ll find something very personal. On a technical point, get to know your software. There’s loads of vidoes online that can help. Ask any mates to help you out. Then do whatever you want and be proud of it. If you dry up in the middle of a track and need a little inspiration, go and have a shower. That’s where I wrote most of my tracks.
You can listen to a preview of Etherwood’s contribution to ‘New Blood 013′ below.