Interview: Dillistone Dishes On New EP

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Morten Aamodt, otherwise known as Dillistone, is a love child of Copenhagen, Shanghai and London. His global upbringing has influenced his musical style and attitude towards the industry. Not only has Dillistone been deejaying since he was 15, but he’s also a graduate of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. This unique acting background has surely influenced his emotion-filled music and has morphed him into a truly dynamic artist.

Future bass has taken off in the past few years, but Dillistone’s style is unlike anything else we’ve ever heard. His subtle production techniques, relaxed vibes, and heavy bass are a combination that no one has seemed to master quite yet, but we think Dillistone is well on his way. With Soundcloud hits like Sad & High and To The Hills, his fans have been anticipating this EP’s release.

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Let’s jump into the new EP.

Furnace is a collection of 3 tracks, each with their own flavor, but all touched with the Dillistone vibe. The title track features Morten’s own vocals, racing synths, angelic backup vocal flares and of course, a beautifully smooth bass to hold it all together. Heavy synth swells rock you into a cathartic swing as the vocals glide along the top of the track.

The next song features LILI N on the mic and it’s called, Midas. Morten cut up the slicing vocal to carry the track into a fantastically hectic chorus. Rising and arpeggiated synthesizers sway along the backing of the drums, while yet another heavy synth pushes from beat to beat.

The final track is titled, Move On. This one is our personal favorite, as it wastes no time in getting into a tantalizing trap beat complete with a unique, pulsating, videogame-esque sound surfacing itself every bar.

Morten sings, produces, acts, and definitely has a few stories to tell. Check out the EP and interview below to hear about his adventures through China, his inspiration behind his music, and even a few production tips.

 

 

Congratulations on the new EP, it is fantastic! Can you go into some inspiration surrounding the tracks?

“For me this EP is about a very transitory part of my life, about making something of nothing in a strange place with only a few close friends. For the first time in my life, no one was there holding my hand and everyday was a new opportunity to find purpose.

I wrote Move On, an ode to taking back control in a bad relationship. The central loop is almost an reminder that you have made a choice and to not forget.

Furnace is a bitter sweet realization that if you truly tried, you could open your heart with wild abandon and have it all, but being afraid to take that step.

Lili N and I wrote Midas as a message to the people in our lives that will sacrifice their friends for success. All the ‘gold’ going to someones brain can delude them, but that true friendship and love cannot be bought with gold.”

Where do you see yourself fitting in the music industry? (ie. touring DJ, producer/songwriter, all of the above?)

“All of the above if all goes well! I’ve done my fair share of deejaying when I was younger, and would love to get out there again, I’m currently finding a way to fuse deejaying with live performance which is exciting. Songwriting has become a big part of my creative output, and I’ve been working with loads of fantastic singers and musicians to create new work, hopefully this continues!”

Sad & High is arguably your biggest track thus far. The mix of warm and cold tones is incredible, it all works effortlessly. Can you talk me through the production process on that one?

“I had seen Emmelie de Forest on Eurovision, where she won with her bare-foot dancing and down to earth energy, so I thought I would see what else she had done since. What I found was an artist who had lost control of her own creative vision and was being marketed in the complete opposite way to why her fans loved her. There was a small part of one of her songs where she was incredibly genuine and was herself, and that became the center of the track.

I usually follow my ears and my heart when I produce, and for me that haunting loop of Emmelie De Forest’s emotional vocals was enough to carry it. It was about capturing that melancholic sensation of realizing someone just wants you because they are under the influence. The song has extreme lows and extreme peaks, which is feel captures the context that her lyrics puts the listener in.”

 

Future bass has clearly seen an astronomical uptake in the past 2 years. How have you been able to keep true to your unique sound with so many replicates out there?

“It’s the year of Future Bass! I think it’s about doing it fast and effectively. I’ll set myself deadlines to be finished before I can second guess what I’m doing. Once you second guess you tend to overthink and overproduce something. You chip the edges off something that didn’t need it, and the feeling gets lost in an attempt to make it sound like a standard set by someone else. It’s also about striving to find new sounds all the time. I’ve got more samples than I know what to do with, don’t get bored!”

What (and more importantly who) are you listening to right now?

“I’m on a weird eclectic spree at the moment. In no particular order: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Aayushi, Flume, MIIKE SNOW, Oshi, Tom Misch, EMBRZ, Drake, NAO, Mura Masa, SG Lewis & Jon Bellion. EMBRZ’s The Radar Mix for Dancing Astronaut has been very important for me.”

Do you have any advice for the hundreds of thousands of bed room producers out there?

“If it is more than just a hobby for you, treat it like work. Dedicate serious time to producing. You work 9-5 to afford to do it, why shouldn’t you invest the same time into production? Your friends will understand if you can’t come out. Some on my best songs have been made on nights I said no to going out to meet friends. Also, getting hung up on audio quality is limiting. If it sounds good, it’s good. Who cares if it’s a 128kbs MP3 that’s been compressed 1000 times if it works?”

What’s next after the EP? Should we be looking out for a new video? Tour? Full album?

“I’ve been in the studio for the last 3 months working with some incredible people and there’s a lot of exciting music to come. Maybe there might be another EP at the end of the year and putting a run of shows together so keep your eyes and ears peeled!”

And finally, tell us a funny story!

“When I was 15, I had a DJ crew with a great friend of mine and we would play back to back for fun on weekends at his house just for fun. One Friday night we got bored and thought, “let’s do this for real”, and rode our bikes with our school laptops down to the local Chinese village. We found a tiny club with a disco dance floor pumping late 90s electronic music (think Hermes House Band – Country Roads) and using a friend as a translator over the phone, we paid £10 to the owner of the club and got to play the whole night to a club packed with people who were swinging from the roof topless and making the building shake. They might not have heard our kind of music before but a good drop is a universally understood language.
It was pretty crazy to be 15 and in that situation. That was the same club where the Triad turned up one night, but that’s a story for another time…The owner called us back every weekend after that night!”

Casulin Quickfires:

Describe your sound with 3 words: Happy melancholic bass

Favorite food (and why?): 10 cent street meat from a corner somewhere in China (It’s cheap and delicious just don’t ask what it is, you probably don’t want to know)

Favorite city: Shanghai (the original Sin City!)

Favorite venue you’ve ever played: MGM in Shanghai, a low to the roof, industrial club in the middle of the city. Nights to remember, or to forget!

 


For more on Dillistone, keep an eye on his Soundcloud and Facebook!

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