Having originally started out as a more house and dancefloor-focused producer in his infancy, Keir Craxton aka Rosehip has now begun to explore a more ambient and ethereal side to the sound as he returns with his new single 'Monsoon Hush'.
Taking his cues from the likes of The Avalanches and DJ Shadow, this smooth and sweeping offering sees him channel a wonderfully relaxed aesthetic. With loose and free-flowing piano chords mixed amongst a wave of bright and psychedelic beats, 'Monsoon Hush' is set to be one of his most captivating releases to date.
So with his new delight finally with us, we sat him down to find out more about his background and what has led him to this point in his career.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Besides the guitar, trombone and piano? Probably xfer Serum. It’s a bit of a game changer when it comes to music production.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Generally just life. I’m lucky enough to have had some amazing experiences throughout the years with friends and family and it’s all shaped my view of the world. Also, everybody that’s shared music with me has 100% influenced me and opened my mind to new things, so thank you to them.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
It’s probably best if we don’t talk about that…
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
I don’t think it was ever as clear cut as that. Music is kind of like food to me and you wouldn’t ask what meal I’d had that made me want to pursue a life of eating, would you?
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Nothing, just silence. How else would I get back to sleep?
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
I guess when it comes to electronic-ish music without any specific lyrics, everyone is an inspiration somewhat. I do produce songs with certain people in mind though, whether it be for my beautiful girlfriend’s walk home from work, or for my mates when they’re on an early morning balloon trip. Everybody I’ve met brings something new to the table.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Getting added to Spotify’s Lo-Fi Beats playlist was pretty mad. I’m looking forward to making and releasing more music consistently over the summer and seeing what the future holds.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Cooking, chilling with friends and DIY, although all of those things usually involve or revolve around music in some way.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I imagine something related to DIY or computers: electrician, programmer, I.T guy, web designer etc.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?
In order to be right all the time you have to be prepared to change your mind. Be prepared to hear the world ‘no’ a lot. Life is more important than art.
Rosehip's new single 'Monsoon Hush' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.