Skream: “Album Releases Are Still Important in Electronic Music”

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FACT has posted an interview with Skream, a highly respected producer (and DJ) who has been at it since the early 2000s. Skream was originally known for being a defining figure in dubstep (the U.K. kind, not the U.S. version), but has since moved into disco, house, and techno.

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FACT: You’re helping other artists on their albums at the moment. Do you think albums are becoming an outdated concept?

Skream: “…Albums are becoming outdated, but its more because of the pressures. We associate an album with ‘a band does an album’, whereas that thing Riton did was to say ‘this ain’t an album, it’s a mixtape.’ It seemed like it took all the pressure off. I think albums are important. Look, there’s a million-and-one singles released every day through things like SoundCloud, where you can have a record out as soon as you put a new tune up.

You end up with this entire fucking thing where it’s hard to release a single, because it’s so easy to hear music. I post something on SoundCloud; next day, it has a thousand-and-one reviews on it, but it’s like… you just put it up. It’s not necessarily a single, it’s just something you want everyone to hear.

Albums are important. It depends on what you’re doing, but I think they are important because it leaves some sort of structure, rather than people just putting out tunes.

I think it makes people think they are working as well.  Like you are doing something – it gives you a purpose.  I think people get excited about albums.  As long as people still get excited about buying albums – or downloading albums I guess – it gives it purpose.  Whereas, I dunno, I suppose it depends which way you’re coming from – but I definitely think albums are still very relevant to music buyers – and the people making music too.

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  1. Justin Mayer / Plum Minnow

    Records trump Songs every time…

    A song is just a room in a mansion, if producing proper property…

    When the focus becomes just banging out random singles, i mean, thats mud hut building…

    Thats like those pseudo red seal carpenters who cant put up a level fence that lasts more then a year…

    Records more then ever are significantly more important then just a single song, lest we forget, records are comprised of many songs…

    Mind boggling stuff these days…

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    • Nina Ulloa

      this is part of a larger discussion within electronic music (& the industry overall). consider the fact that Anna Lunoe told me: “I don’t know if full length albums are the climate for what I do. I think that EPs work really nicely. Some of those tracks on the EP I’ve been sitting on for over a year. I don’t want to sit on stuff, I want to get it out.”

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      • Justin Mayer / Plum Minnow

        Now as an addendum to that point…

        A full length record can be whatever you want it to be so long as its done properly made by respected professionals…

        I dont really care what their definitions of something are…

        We put out a 5 song RECORD once and i classify it as a full length record and not an EP…

        Therefore, so long as she or whoever is thinking only in terms of making a record and putting the right pieces of that puzzle together and it happens to come to 6 songs and fall within whoevers definition of an EP, well then that is still a record if you ask me…

        Plenty of full length records that suck massive donkey dick too… My definition of a record is obviously different then most peoples…

        😉

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