Hot on the heels of his latest single release Thought About You Feat. Fractures, Melbourne producer Arty Ziff today unveils the track’s striking new visual accompaniment. As he rings in a new era and showcases his summery brand disco-tinged electronica, Arty Ziff has partnered with Jam Nawaz who delivers an entrancing pairing to the new single. Hi Fi Way finds out a little more about Arty Ziff in a quick interview.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the Thought About You Feat. Fractures?
It was really exciting! This was the first time I had properly released a song where I didn’t have a fear of legal action taken against me. I used to do a lot of samples and cough release them. But this is the first time I’ve been able to put a lot of effort behind a release, it’s been great!
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
When I began writing this song it was at the very beginning of lockdown in Melbourne, so I had a lot more time to play around with structure and sounds. The whole thing was pretty easy, the longest part was just picking a date to release the song.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I am very influenced by late 90’s early 00’s house music, but I’ve tried to add a bit of the electronica sound of artists like Bag Raiders and Cut/Copy. I love to layer my drums with a hard kick, congas and shakers. It’s a whole stew pot of sounds I like, sort of thrown together.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
This is a really hard question to answer, I feel like I take so many little influences from others and merge them together. I think someone like Washed Out would be a big one, each album is very different in production but he has a consistent sound all the way through the project.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
In the early days of Arty Ziff, I thought it was going to be too hard to do. But someone just said to me “keep going” it was a small gesture but it gave me the confidence to continue the project.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Oh yeah for sure! I have a live set up I’ve been working on over lockdown. The future is really exciting, everyone has been locked down at home and just want to see live music again. I was also kindly lent DJ gear by a mate, so I’ve got a couple of DJ sets to play as well.
What’s next for Arty Ziff?
Some new music for sure and some gigs next year. 2021 will be a really exciting year!
What’s been your favourite part of collaborating with other artists like Fractures and Harris?
With both of these artists, when I sat back and listened to the songs I could hear their voices on the tracks, it was so obvious to me that they would suit the song. But whatever they sent back to me was like 1000x’s better than what I could hear. I love to collaborate as well, you can’t really make a party song by yourself.
Interview By Rob Lyon