"Something about those 1800s keep me up at night. Perhaps it is the last vestige of a largely handcrafted culture. Maybe it's the strange and wonderful inventions, useful and useless. Certainly the dandy attire, and intoxicating ankles and wrists. Or something could be said for an age bygone and largely forgotten, save works of music, poetry, and prose that still resonate wonderfully so." So says Daedelus, the experimental electronic producer known for his habit of dressing in traditional Victorian clothing. He's also responsible for upcoming album Love To Make Music To, which, as the name suggests, is a woozy haze of sweet, playful and inventive beats, fusing together hip-hop rhythms with acidic sounds and rave energy.
|He's right: the truth is that Love To Make Music To is a dreamier, sweeter affair. "It wasn't so much a conscious decision - I've rarely made any of those. Let's not get sinister with talk of conspiracy, but perhaps say that I like a listener to have fun listening. That's a noble aim, right? Any attempt is part experiment, part experience."
So, how does Daedelus put a track together? "Always with a grain of truth first. Something light enough to almost disappear once captured - an ephemeral audio as short as a snare drums crack. Then I'll try to lattice together the bare bones of melody, conceptual idea, and rhythm. Usually at this point I've nearly given up defeated, and right before I erase the whole thing, perhaps something will turn the tide and the song appears fully born like Athena from Zeus's head. That is, if I'm lucky."
Behind the music is a considered figure, but playful and inviting with a vibrant sense of jumour - and it's exactly how the music sounds. Victorian indulgence has never been so modern.