Ausschuss is a 20-year-old producer who grew up in England and now lives in Berlin. Creates music influenced by dark industrial based on aggressive sounds. Ominous and tense pieces like "Mantle" and "Regolith" are set in brooding, mechanical tempos with more human elements such as unnerving sighs and melodic chopped vocals. sway with. It's already been mixed by London-based boutiques Primitive and Disc Magazine , and is ready for another release on Astral Plane , along with bootlegs from Acre and others.
Berlin-based, UK-raised Ausschuss is a 20-year-old producer working with dark, industrial-influenced sounds through abrasive textures and sound design. His often foreboding and overtly tense productions such as 'Mantle' and 'Regolith' fluctuate between dystopian , mechanical movements as well as more unnerving human elements from breathy utterances to almost melodic chopped up vocals. Having already been enlisted for mixes by the likes of London-based boutique Primitive to Disc Magazine, he's set to land his next on Astral Plane, alongside bootleg reworkings of the likes of Acre.
- Words by Flora Yin-Wong
■ If the sound doesn't sound the way I think it will,
You'll be fine in no time.
ー When did you start playing music?
When did you start making music?
"I started in 2011 when I was living in the UK, and about a year later I got really into it and bought UK techno and dubstep records. After that, back in Berlin, I felt free in many ways. I can live without a lot of income and have plenty of time outside of work to focus on my own projects."
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"In 2011 I started while living in the UK, and about a year later I started really getting into it and buying a lot of UK Techno and Dubstep records. Moving back to Berlin was very liberating in a lot of ways. It's a city that allows survival on a small income with enough time outside of work to focus on own projects.”
- Is there anything you are conscious of when making music?
Is there anything you keep in mind when you are making music?
"No matter what kind of music I make, I think in the same way. Whether it's about putting some emotion into the song, or if there's a sample I like and use it, that's the starting point. In the former case. I spend hours rummaging through sample packs and figuring out how to make the sounds I want to use to create a specific sound. Even if it's not the sound I want to make, there are producers who can prepare the whole song and then mix it down and adjust it, but I can't do that, so I envy you. If it's not a sound, it quickly becomes irrelevant, so it's a very time-consuming process, because it's easy to get lost."
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"There is definitely a similar mentality whenever I start on a piece. Either I am feeling a certain way and need to get it out of me into a piece, or a sample has caught my ear and I just go from there. The former often leads to trying to find very specific sounds by spending hours either trawling through sample packs or trying to find out how to synthesise a certain sound. Producing and mixing down are pretty much happening simultaneously throughout - some producers can lay out a whole piece with sounds that aren't quite what they want and then mix down and change everything afterwards. I envy that, because I really can't do that, I lose interest very quickly if the sound isn't exactly what I want. , I lose the plot pretty easily."
Your early productions are very aggressive, heavy and in-your-face . In your more recent pieces (like the remix for Tomas Urquieta) you have been showing a more nuanced and nimble side to your work. moving in new directions?
■ How the sound sounds in my head,
It's a lot of fun to recreate that sound.
ー I often see artwork that samples Japanese anime. Do you also like anime?
Some of your cover arts sample japanese anime. Do things like anime inspire you?
“Manga in particular has had a huge influence on me. I’ve been into comics since I was about eight years old. Sounds are very expressive in comics. What it sounds like in my head and recreating that sound is so much fun."
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"Manga especially has a huge influence on me. I have avidly read and obsess over them from when I was about 8 years old. It's very expressive with how things sound - there are always description of how a particular action sounds and for me it's really Interesting to see how they sound inside my head and go and attempt to recreate that."
- Is there any difference between live performance and DJ play?
Is there a difference when you perform live compared to when you DJ?
"When I play live, it's a lot slower than when I'm DJing because it's my own songs. When I'm DJing, I play club music that I want to dance to. No, there's definitely a big difference between live and DJing."
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"When I perform live it's just my work and defintely a lot slower than when I DJ. When DJing I just play club music I wanna dance to myself, so it's a lot of UK, Techno and not so much free form off the grid stuff There's definitely quite a difference."
ー Could you tell us about future releases?
Can you tell us about anything you are currently working on or you have planned?
"Right now, I'm working on an EP for PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree) this year, 2017!"
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"At the moment I am preparing an EP for PTP for 2017!"
ー Are you interested in fashion? What, if any, are you interested in?
Are you interested in fashion?
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ー Finally, please tell us your best 4 songs.
Last question, please tell me your favorite 4 musics.
"In no particular order, but these are the songs I've been enjoying listening to lately."
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"In no particular order these are tracks I've been listening to and enjoying a lot lately-"