30 Seconds interview: Michael Forrest

MichaelforrestforwebIf interactive music making is where the future lies, then multi-instrumentalist Michael Forrest is helping lead the way. 

Having released a number of electronic and ambient singles over the years, his latest release – LP Infinite Music Machine – ups the ante, using apps as the basis for its structure and compositional methods.

The album’s songs were written as musical code, creating a listening experience that is different every time. Listeners are able to influence the music, as well as able to save and share their favourite moments.

With influences from the likes of Mouse on Mars, Cinematic Orchestra, Tricky and Amon Tobin Infinite Music Machine deals in glitch-ridden, electronica. It may be based around computer cleverness, but there are some pulsating dancefloor gems at the heart of the record which goes further out than many others.

As well as a highly accomplished and innovative musician Michael is a promoter and very much part of the London experimental electronica circuit, running SQUARES. It’s a club night which also gives away Michael’s taste, having featured the likes of Max Tundra, Digitonal, Chik Budo, OMMM and Graham Dunning among others. We spend 30 seconds with Michael to find out what lies behind the circuit boards…

I first started writing music because…
It’s fun and there’s always more to learn.

I have been making music since…
I was very small.

My music is…
Off the beaten track. Unmarketable pop.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
What you hear without jumping to conclusions. Or Mouse On Mars, perhaps Hot Chip. People seem to find something or other to connect it to when they hear it that generally seems quite personal.

My favourite venue is… 
I don’t know if I’ve found it yet. I think I prefer clubs to rock venues because they encourage the audience to dance more. I’d much rather be moving at a gig than standing staring or sitting down. Although there is also something to be said for a good jazz bar where you can get a table.

Music is important because…
It can’t be explained. And it gives people super powers.

My biggest inspiration is…
Bold, hard-working creative people who succeed without sacrificing their integrity.

My dream collaboration would be… 
Bjork or Madlib. David Lynch or Joss Whedon.

To try me out, listen to my song…  
A Put Anotha Bread In Me Bread Bin.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Somebody else entirely.

In 10 years time I want to be… 
Still in my prime. Bombing around in some kind of space helicopter.

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