Interview with

Untold

Jack Dunning aka. Untold is a UK producer working with Hemlock, Clone, R&S and Hessle Audio. His pro­duc­tion work has rein­vig­o­rated the climate of dance­floors around the globe. In 2014 he released his debut album “Black Light Spiral”. As a remixer he has produced mixes for The XX, José James, Ke$ha, Boys Noize and Moderat among others. First releas­ing music on Hessle Audio, where his ‘King­dom’ sin­gle housed two slices of unset­tlingly bril­liant atmos­pheric bass weight, the North Lon­doner has gone on to release numer­ous scene steal­ing EPs as well as form two labels, Pen­ny­royal and Hem­lock Record­ings. He now stand s proudly as a tastemaker in his own right. On Saturday 8th of August, Untold will play at  KRAKE Festival, the annual Berlin based fes­ti­val for chal­leng­ing electronic music. You can find all information about the line-up and tickets by clicking on the link above.

Facts

1: Growing up before widespread internet use will soon become a kind of superpower.

2: It won’t be enough to access the colony ships though.

3: That’s why I’m heading toward the mountains.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
It used to be music I identified with or wanted to emulate in some way,  now it is more likely a daydream or a new piece of technology.

How and when did you get into making music?
The mid-nineties when I was around 14 or 15,  when I got an Akai sampler. I was into Jungle and  IDM but had no idea how to make my music sound the same as the records. I kept on writing and  eventually had my first proper release in 2007 on Hessle Audio.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol. II
The Orb – U.F. ORB
Trance Europe Express Vol. 1
Metalheadz – Platinum Breaks
Deee‐Lite ‐ World Clique

What do you associate with Berlin?
Hangovers and  muted exterior paintwork.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
I like the Hertfordshire countryside surrounding Hertford. Most of the hamlets and  villages have been settled since Anglo‐Saxon times and  you can run for an hour an not cross paths with a single person.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I think it would be good – give peoples ears a rest for a change. Would there be any noise? would this be physically imposed or enforced through law? I’d be a sound warden or community silence support officer.

What was the last record you bought?
FIS ‘The Blue Quicksand  is Going Now’ and ‘Ecologies’ by J.G. Biberkopf are both staggering and  worth your time.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I’d like to write for or collaborate with a large ensemble,  research group or dance company.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
(spectator) Grooverider @ Metalheadz Blue Note 1996 or ‘97 when Adam F – ‘Metropolis’ first got dropped.

How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s becoming more and  more ingrained in the process. I’ve been investing in my studio and  modular synth setup as well as live equipment. It’s taken a lot of time to get the computer properly synchronised and  communicating fully with everything else. I’ve finally reached a stage where I’ve got technology from four decades interacting and  am starting to record the results from that.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have no siblings.

Our Favourites: Drop it on the one  | Motion the danse |  Doff

Links: Soundcloud |  untold-official.com