Black Summer

Electronic music wunderkind Black Summer has announced his new, heartwrenching single Double Edge, featuring Australian vocalist Aston which is out now. The young artist, otherwise known as Rhys Toms, has also dropped a breathtaking video clip to accompany Double Edge, directed by Tim Maxx, and starring Aston herself alongside actor David John Craig. It’s been a wild ride for Rhys, since he was Unearthed by triple j at the age of eleven as one of the country’s most exciting young producers and Double Edge is yet another example of Black Summer’s prowess as a producer, and leaves the listener wondering if this is what he’s capable of at just sixteen years old, there’s no telling what will come next.

How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
It’s been really cool because I did it a little differently this time. I hadn’t made many posts about it because I wanted it to be more chilled and a surprise when it finally hit. So when it did finally come out, all my supporters were quick to jump on it and I think that really helped boost its momentum. It’s already up to fifty thousand streams in less than two weeks which is a big number for me!

Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Not really, because this song just kinda happened very easily. In our writing session I did a basic scratch track that Starley and Aston started writing over and while Aston was recording some parts I was working on the track. So after only a couple of hours we had most of the vocals done and a really good draft track. From there I just took the vocals back from LA and worked on it back home in Canberra to do all the little flashy detail things.

Sonically, how would describe your music?
I’d describe it as unique and experimental and something your parents wouldn’t really like on the first listen. I like to try to add in elements from from many difference genres because I think it’s incredibly important to be able to have an ear and an appreciation of all styles of music. So some beats might start from a jazz piano riff and become a lo-fi chill beat or some might start from a heavy guitar riff and turn into something with a ton of energy.

Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Flume and Skrillex because they are the two artists I idolise that don’t feel like they have to stick to one thing to keep a community happy. The fact that they just do what they want is something I have a lot of respect for!

Best piece of advice you have been given?
When I was eleven flume sent me a video message. He told me to keep experimenting and try new things, happy mistakes. I feel like the phrase “Happy Mistakes” was something that I knew I’d live by. To me it meant when creating new music it’s so important to try new things and if they don’t work out the way as planned, it’s all happy mistakes.

Interview By Rob Lyon

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