After spending the last few years releasing a wave of bold and enticing lo-fi offerings, producer ADMNT recently teamed up with fellow artist Rich Akoustic to release a new collaborative EP 'How's Your Day, Bro?'
With a mix of sweeping house grooves and dreamy electronics, 'How's Your Day, Bro?' makes for a wonderfully warm and uplifting listen. Filled with blissful melodies, dreamy grooves, and a sun-kissed appeal throughout, be sure to stick this one on when the day seems to get the better of you.
So with the new collection out now, we sat down with ADMNT to find out more about his origins and what has been his inspirations over the last few years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Saxophone - I remember my mum connecting the dial up internet to show me a picture of the saxophone. She asked me if that was what I wanted to learn and I said yes… I did, however have to start on the clarinet as I was too small for the saxophone, apparently!
What was the first song that inspired you to make your own music?
I used to be a huge fan of Green Day, Sum 41 and Blink 182 when I was younger - I was drummer in a band called A cubed. That started off group composition work when I was young. More recently I have been in love with late 70’s disco, especially that of Aretha Franklin. I want to my music to make people feel how I feel when I listen to the Anomalie Remix of ‘Try' by Lawrence.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
In my early teens I was into the punk rock kind of scene - as I further progressed in my clarinet and then the saxophone studies I grew more and more into Jazz and Classical music. I would be listening to Coltrane and spending my pocket money down a little jazz club called ‘Jazzy Bee’ in Cyprus, where I grew up.
What do you find is the best environment to find inspiration for your music?
Listening to music. I love hearing what has come before and what contemporary artists are creating today. I pick up a piece of piano music or start to transcribe the chords or a drum pattern from a piece of music I’m listening to. Soon after, I quickly find inspiration to get ideas tracked down and recorded.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Change, George Duke, Blue Wednesday, MXXWLL, Bad Snacks, J Dilla, Anomalie, Masego, FKJ, SG Lewis. There are too many to name!
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
None - I mean, I wrote my mother a birthday song in the first London lockdown in 2020 and sang on it but that is NEVER getting released. I think my fiancé might argue it’s time to start writing songs about her.
What has been the most unusual moment in your career so far?
I’ve led a very tame life!! I did some pretty wild gigs in my time of being a session musician.
Perhaps it was driving all the way to Wales from London to pick up my Juno 106 - I placed the winning bid on Ebay - upon arrival the gentleman selling it gave me £20 petrol money in cash. Definitely not unusual but one of the kindest and most thoughtful thing that’s happened to me in my career. If Andy from Ebay ever reads this…your Juno changed my life!! Thank you very much!
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
At this point in time I’d take anyone, just for the gig!! Honestly, I would rather do a live music night with all of my friends. What I miss the most is hanging out with my friends and I’d love to do a gig with them. Everyone playing their incredible original music and hanging out for a few drinks afterwards.
If that doesn’t happen, I’ll take Masego…
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
A very bored and very unfulfilled path - I’m sure of that.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Just be yourself - Cliche as it is I’ve never been happier than I am now. I’m making music I love to listen to and love to play, every day is exciting and a huge bonus to me personally.
ADMNT and Rich Akoustic's new EP 'How's Your Day, Bro?' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in full via the player below.