Blog interview: Dirty Freud

Dirty Freud planetary science fiction photoshoot, photography by daniel allison photography, art direction by ben tallon, video by jake powell.

You’re an electronic live and recording act from London. How did Dirty Freud begin?

Well Dirty Freud began when I moved up north to Manchester really,  I’d had ideas about creating music, but didn’t have the staying power till I went to Uni and mixed with like minded people then things just started falling to place with my sound and what we wanted to do.

Congratulations on the release of your EP, Love In The Backwater, how does it feel?

This was such a big thing, i’ve had work ut before, but this EP. felt like ot was all my influences finally working together to create the sound of Dirty Cinematic Electronica. And with Ruby on Vocals we captured what we were looking for.

The vibe on this is so chilled what’s the story behind it? 

The story behind it was that everyone was in lockdown and finding love for thing in the most unsual of places in the basements, underbellies and that’s how we came up with the name love in the backwater. So some loves that lurk underneath the surface.

What did you listen to growing up?

Growing up I was in Tracey Chapman Skunk Anansie, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Bjork, Kano, The Specials, Deftones a bunch of Nu Metal hahaha loved Country too, Song writers like Cash, Nelson. The Collaboration between Willie Nelson and Ray Charles is still one of my favourites ever written.

Your sound is deeply rooted in electronica what were the main influences to your sound?

So my main influences with acts like Kate Bush, Massive Attack, Gary Numan, I was loving what Jeff Mills was doing too.

What to you is the most essential part of your set up?

That’s a great question probably have to say although i need my gear and the song writing, if I don’t bring the energy the live set is a wash out.

You’ve played Glastonbury among other festivals, what’s a funny story from the festival circuit? 

The funniest thing probably is playing Soundwave in Croatia and we were shown to our rooms which were massive but no one wanted them. And couldn’t work it. It had a great view of the sea and it was proper picturesque. But I soon realised why this was abandoned by other artists firstly there is an old monestry which religiously rings its bell on the hour every hour like Big Ben. But the worst part was the room is directly in line with the sun. It felt like I was in a permenant sauna. And I couldn’t say anything as didn’t wanna seem like a diva. Constant wadrobe changes and ended up having to sleep on the floor for relief.

Covid has affected the creative industry as a whole what’s kept you inspired?

Just my family around me really they’ve made sure i’ve kept up the momentum and I feel compelled to write. I don’t think I could stop even if I wanted to.

You’ve collaborated with some notables in the past if you could call the shots on the next artist you could collaborate with who would it be and why?

I would love to do something with Bjork or Skin of Skunk Anansie they are both heroes of mine and I feel the style of music we make could lead to something unique and special.

Which artists are getting you excited at the moment?

Loving the music from Oneda Manny on the Rise jheez!!!!! Big fan of her.  Also loving the boys Oxymoron from the states big big rifts and sounds!

What are you looking forward to doing next?

Got a new single out now calle dYou’ve Been. Got loads of music coming this year plus hopefully some form of performances for INES Festival. Just grinding on the sounds and bringing people more Dirty Cinematic Electronica.


Dirty Freud planetary science fiction photoshoot, photography by daniel allison photography, art direction by ben tallon, video by jake powell.


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