When embarking on a new project it can take a while to get things off the ground. Over the last year Adi Carter has been working on his own little venture. We met up with him in one of our favourite drinking holes, The Rutland Arms, for a pint of Nectar Pale and a chat to find out a bit more about who he is, what he does and about what’s been going on.
To those who don’t know, Adi Carter is a music producer based in Sheffield. Over the years he’s provided remixes for a number of artists both local and international, when we’ve chatted before he’s always called himself a ‘bit of a tinkerer’ as opposed to a producer, so why the change in title? Adi tells us ‘I kind of split my time equally not; in fact I’d probably say there’s sort of a 60/40 balance in terms of me doing music now. I am in the really fortunate position, in that my day job is fairly quiet so I’ve got that luxury of time, which is the thing that hamstrings most people really’.
When it comes to remixing and the production of tracks how are you approached? He informs me that ‘essentially, a lot of it initially, was about putting myself out there and doing bootleg remixes for people so I’d find opportunities on the internet. I’d be sent a few stem packs from people and I’d do a remix put it out there and see what the response was, it led to me getting work for people like Amanda Palmer and I did a remix for Orbital as well. You just take it from there really and people can approach you very easily now through things like Soundcloud, Facebook or even Twitter, so it does make it a lot easier’.
Over the last year Adi has been working on his own project, called Myths, he admits to it being ‘a little bit leftfield. It’s away from the straight 4:4 dance music, that I may be known for, I just thought I’d try something a bit different really.’
Adi continues the story, ‘Myths started about a year ago, it was an idea in pub beer garden basically. I’d already done a track called Medusa, the idea was from that create a number of tracks around Greek myths, so each track is basically one character or an event or idea from that concept. Everyone looks at Greek myths; everyone’s familiar with them in some respects from films whether it is things such as Clash of the Titans or the Ray Harryhausen sort of stuff from the 60s so everyone sort of has got awareness, it came from that really. It was just good fun to do, I’m really into the comic book cartoon style of things anyway so it was a bit of an excuse to have fun and play around’. Admitting that he ‘didn’t know how I was going to do it at the time, or quite how many people would be involved in it but it sort of grew on its own really. It started as an EP initially, but in the end it became 14 tracks’.
Having produced one off tracks and a number of EPs, Myths is Adi’s first feature length album. He admits to that ‘it’s definitely the longest project that I’ve done, 14 tracks y’know I work really quickly as a rule, so in many respects this was a nightmare for me. I was suddenly working with that many people I had to slow everything down and I’m not used to that’. There are a large number of vocalists on the Myths album, Adi continues ‘in total there’s 28 vocalists. There are people from Sheffield including Vanessa Fruits, Emma Cooper and Dan Sumption. There are people from Germany such as Madeleine Bloom and from the Netherlands,a recording artist called Krause, (Susanne Clermonts) who’s really excellent, she’s on a few tracks. There’s also Alexis Gotts who was in the Wet Nuns, who did an excellent reading. I won’t name them all but there’s a fair few’.
When it came to recruiting people for the project, I’m told that ‘it was primarily crowd sourcing using social networks for the most part’, Adi started by asking people in Sheffield and then decided ‘to go a bit further afield, as you get a greater vocal style just by the fact you’re using people with different accents or who don’t necessarily have English as their first language so it gives it a very varied feel to use so many different people’.
He confesses that ‘it’s taught me new disciplines, I’ve learnt from doing this because I’ve had to work so differently. It’s been a massive learning curve so for that alone it’s been a good experience’.
So with Myths all wrapped up, what’s next for Adi Carter? I’m told there’s possibly a companion for Myths, ‘I’ve got a rough idea for a companion piece to sort of follow it up, it’s an idea and that’s sort of a continuation and mopping up any sort of myths that I didn’t do the first time round’. As well as a Myths follow up there’s more remixes in the pipeline and also a collaboration with, Philiip Loutsis who records under the name Piccadilly Teardrops and also Kid Faces I’ve done collaborations and remixes with him under both those aliases which should be coming out march 9th.
Having remixed for the likes of, previously mentioned, Amanda Palmer and Orbital, is there anyone he would like to work with, to which Adi smiles and tells me ‘I’m easy, y’know who I was thinking the other day I’d like to remix are somewhat like Slaves, just for something a bit different’.
As we finish off our chat, we bring things a little closer to home, being born and bred in Sheffield there’s always been a varied music scene and when discussing the electronic scene how would Adi describe it? ‘It’s interesting because Sheffield electronic scene is really really vibrant, it really is. There’s tons of stuff come up that’s been massively inspirational, well Sheffield is quite unique in that respect it’s quite broken down into little villages. I’m talking sort of the city itself, then the scenes, so people are sort of cordoned off so to speak and it’s nice when they meet and cross over. It’d be nice if that happened more often, but I’m not complaining. It works more for me now that it did before’. I ask Adi about the celebrated history of dance music within the city and how sometimes it appears quiet on the surface, to which he informs me ‘I think with Sheffield’s electronic underground is, it’s always underground and it’s quite fiercely protective of itself in that respect and that’s to its credit in a way, the underground scene has it’s parties and that’s fantastic and it sort of regenerates itself doing that’.
Finally I ask is it a typical Sheffield thing that we keep everything in and we sing its praises when we have to but we keep it quiet, Adi simply responds with a smile, followed by a laugh and states ‘keep it quiet and let the rest of the world take notice’.
Myths can be streamed via the Amazing Radio site or you can listen to some teasers via Adi Carter’s Soundcloud