Glume has been persistently heating up the 140 scene for a good few years now, more often than not with his partner in crime, Phossa, in tow. In the last year alone, Glume has released on monster dubstep labels, Crucial Recordings and White Peach Records. Read below as we catch up with the Bristol-based producer and DJ…
SSC: In your own words, could you tell us a bit about who you are and what it is that you do?
G: Well, my real name is Oskar but I produce under the alias ‘Glume’ making electronic dance music, originally inspired by dubstep but currently 140 in a more general sense.
SSC: So, how was the journey? What started it all off and how did that lead you to where you are today?
G: It all started while messing around with a DJ app and an FL studio app on an iPad after highschool. Me and a friend just dived into electronic music around this time discovering jungle, garage, techno, drum and bass etc, after a lengthy stint listening almost exclusively to metal. I can’t think what kicked it off really, it was quite natural. Either way, this lead me to study digital music production at college and then to do a music tech degree in Bristol.
Bristol changed everything. Being involved with a vibrant scene and really getting into sound system music. I grew my alias slowly and networked (a lot) and also met Phossa whom I’ve written about half my releases with now. Since then it’s just kinda grown quite steadily until this point, as I mentioned above, where I want to expand my sound a bit. I think there is a lot that can be done with 140, combined with other influences. That’s what I find exciting.
SSC: Who are the main influences for you, doing what you do?
G: I really like the general attitude of Bristol producers. Quite DIY and open to mixing it up and combining sounds. I find that inspiring. Talking more directly about sound, Samba really changed my approach to 140. He thinks big and I like that. Obviously, we work very closely but Phossa has definitely changed the way I produce for sure. Four Tet has been a big inspiration for a long time really, but especially at the moment. Otherwise, it’s mostly not clubby stuff. Bon Iver‘s new album is great.
SSC: What do you consider to be the highlight of your music career so far, and why?
G: God, that’s a hard one. I honestly couldn’t say. However, its been really nice to play some festivals this year and playing abroad always feels really special. Sometimes its the more lowkey stuff though, meeting someone you’ve always looked up to and them liking your music or something always means a lot.
SSC: Any moments you’d rather forget?
G: Luckily I haven’t had any major disasters, yet. Played to a few empty rooms and been a bit drunk around producers I rate, but nothing too juicy.
SSC: You’re originally from Norfolk, but now based in Bristol. A silly question I imagine, but how do the scenes compare?
G: Yeah, I mean, it’s not really comparable. I think there’s a good arts scene in Norwich but that, unfortunately, does not extend to club music or electronic music generally really. I have heard there are little pockets of it and I occasionally see people trying to pop something good on but personally, I haven’t experienced it working hardly ever. Bristol has a very different feel. Something you gotta come and just experience. There’s something for most tastes I think.
SSC: Who should we be keeping an eye on? Any artists and/or DJs standing out to you right now?
G: I’m not listening to as much clubby stuff as I used to so honestly, my finger isn’t quite as on the pulse for up and comers. Phossa is releasing some really nice solo stuff this year and if you haven’t heard the new Oxossi showreel than you should – he’s come back with a bang, lots of his tracks in my sets at the moment.
SSC: Outside of sound system music, are there any other genres or artists you are particularly fond of?
G: Yeah, listening to a lot of jazzy stuff at the moment. Yussef Kamaal, and more recently, KOKOROKO. I listen to a lot of music from across the world on radiooooo.com (it’s really good, go and check it) and not sure, all sorts really. I flit around a lot.
SSC: What’s on the horizon for Glume? Anything exciting coming up?
G: Yeah, me and Phossa have a couple more records coming out this year that I’m looking forward to sharing and maybe another solo one too. But otherwise, me and Phossa are hunkering down and working on something big for next year now, which I’m really excited about.
SSC: And finally, if you could give one piece of advice for those wishing to follow in your path, what would it be?
G: I think it’s to surround yourself with people who inspire you or, possibly more importantly, push you. I think it’s very easy to get lost in music unless you are really really strong-minded. People doing cool and different things around you will push you, even if its initially uncomfortable. A super safe and unchallenging environment is unhealthy for anyone trying to be creative.
Follow Glume @ https://soundcloud.com/glumeuk