FOTH : The Interview

This interview series, allows us a look inside the minds of the talented individuals we share company with at Wicked Jungle Records

We recently had the honor of interviewing one of our Artists, FOTH!

So today, we will be doing a sit down Q and A with our brother FOTH, to talk shop, music and a little history.

 

WJ Rec – Raket

Foth is an acronym, correct? What does it stand for?

FOTH

Yes, FOTH stands for Fool on the Hill

WJ Rec – Raket

I have always been fascinated with interesting artist names. It sounds like there is a story behind it. Do you mind telling us where the name comes from?

FOTH

Of course. It’s linked with the FOTH logo, which came from a photograph back when I was at school. It’s of myself on a hill, looking through a camera. The whole thought being that my music represents my interpretations of things, from my point of view.

It’s kind of hard to word, but does that make any sense to you?

WJ Rec – Raket

Makes perfect sense.

FOTH

… and it’s also kind of stolen from the Beatles tune, of course!

WJ Rec – Raket

Ha!Ha!

Are you into photography then?

FOTH

I’ve always enjoyed it, but wouldn’t say it’s a major hobby or anything. I use a lot of my own photos for my own album covers. It would be nice to take that further and create artwork for other artists too. But at the moment it’s just something I do for my own amusement!

WJ Rec – Raket

Capturing thoughts and emotion in picture is quite a different thing than capturing it in sound. But it’s still artistic expression. Do you sometimes find that one form of art, say a painting or a movie, could inspire the creation of a new song?

FOTH

Well put! And yes, definitely!

WJ Rec – Raket

You have a previous release on Wicked Jungle called The Soprano Sound EP. Any chance that may have been inspired by another artistic medium? What’s the story behind that EP?

FOTH

Haha, indeed it was! A good example! One of the things I’ve loved about jungle music is the samples, and so have always tried to keep that going with my sound, quite often sampling various TV and film. I guess I was watching a lot of The Sopranos back then!

WJ Rec – Raket

Is most of your music purely sample based, or do you play any instruments or work with any outboard gear?

FOTH

It’s not all samples, I have recorded and used some of my own guitar playing, as well as various other percussion hits, singing bowls, bells and anything that makes an interesting noise. I have recorded ambient sounds such as birds, sheep, wind, waves and passing traffic using my phone. I like the lo-fi sound, add some reverb and it can make an interesting intro. A good example of all this would be the ‘Ambient Junglist Warrior’ EP from a couple of years ago. I did also get a chance to record some drum hits & beats which still get used every now and then. I mainly use 2 midi synthesizers/keyboards at the moment, but am hoping to record some more instruments soon.

WJ Rec – Raket

Very cool! I have gotten a sense listening to your songs that you have some musical knowledge in theory and instrumentation. Creating your own samples also gives your music a uniqueness that you can’t get with straight sample pack usage.

Most of your songs seem to border more on the realms of Old School Jungle than modern Drum & Bass. Can you tell us about your early experiences with Jungle and how you got into it?

FOTH

Thanks, that’s nice to hear! And well said, sometimes you’ve got to go hunting! I grew up listening to music my Dad likes, the Stones, Hendrix, and was avid guitarist with a love of rock music in my early teens. Of course there was some reggae in there too, which led me to dub and I just kept discovering this music that was new to me. Eventually I found jungle music before I had even really heard of it! But in a way, ‘jungle’ is the tempo and type of breaks. If you’ve got a jungle remix of a reggae tune, it’s still kind of reggae I think. I guess that’s where genres come in.

WJ Rec – Raket

You seem to be describing an observation that I have made. Jazz is a genre, hip-hop, rock, techno all genres. Jungle is a way to play the music. It’s the underlying breaks, tempo, and the way you arrange the music. You can play any genre of music as Jungle. It’s quite universal in that aspect, anything works with it.

FOTH

Yeah, that’s what I’m getting at. It’s a very flexible sound!

WJ Rec – Raket

You have a new EP, The Essence of Jungle, coming out on Wicked Jungle very soon. Is there anything else we can expect to hear in the coming months?

FOTH

Yes, looking forward to its release! Yeah, there’s lots on the way, quite excited to release it. There’s gonna be an EP on the fairly local South West based STOMP! Sounds, as well as a few other tracks on their compilation series. I think there are a couple tracks upcoming on Dark Till Dawn too. I am also about to release a 3rd album as my house/techno alias ‘$in Gin Hong Qwan’.

WJ Rec – Raket

Another fascinatingly interesting artist name!!! Haha a story best left to another day. We look forward to hearing all your new music FOTH. It’s been a pleasure chatting today.

FOTH

Haha yeah, we’ll save that one! It has indeed, thanks a lot for chatting & I hope to keep working with yourself and Wicked Jungle!

 

 

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