30 seconds interview: Throwing Snow

Throwing SnowChoosing between astrophysics or music isn’t a decision many music makers are forced to make. But it was for electronica man Throwing Snow (aka Ross Tones).

Listening to his fragmented, ever-evolving beats, it’s a decision which is paying off in dividends. Since 2007, Ross has been releasing an intriguing mix of bass and beeps via the likes of Local Action, Ho Tep, Sneaker Social Club and his own snowfall imprint.

Throwing Snow has thrown himself into his music over the last 18 months. He’s enjoyed a stint at the revered Red Bull Music Academy in New York while also taking his electronica into the live arena, performing on online music show the Boiler Room as well as playing prestigious support slots with the likes of Bonobo, Atoms For Peace and Jon Hopkins.

He is also co-owner of record labels the Left Blank and A Future Without, helping launch the careers of now established artists such as Vessel, Wife, Visionist and Young Echo. 2014 is shaping up to be his biggest year yet with the release of debut album Mosaic on 2 June via Fabric’s on-point label Houndstooth. We find out what astrophysics is missing in our 30 seconds interview with Throwing Snow below…

I first started writing music because…
I couldn’t not make music.

I have been making music since…
I was a teenager in punk bands.

My music is…
A mosaic of electronic and natural influences.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Odd arpeggios and sub bass.

My favourite venue is…
Dance Tunnel.

Music is important because…
It’s part of what it is to be human.

My biggest inspiration is…
The feeling between tension and release.

My dream collaboration would be…
Steve Reich.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Pathfinder.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A caretaker in an Astrophyics institute.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Fishing.

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