You have to put an ungodly amount of hours and effort in before you reap anything close to serious reward in life. Unless, of course, you happen to be an abnormally gifted genius, in which case I’d get on developing high-grade weapons tech and powered iron suits.
Marvel-inspired digressions aside, this is certainly the case in the world of music production. It’s refreshing to see then, that London-based producer Encym has spent plenty of time on his craft, with heaps of work up on SoundCloud and new pieces appearing almost every couple of weeks – if not more. He has so many pieces in fact, that he has a separate profile that acts as an overflow.
The first time I heard Encym‘s work wasn’t over the internet, as most new discoveries are these days. Scintillating details amidst ear-rumbling bass wove their way across the darkened floor of Plastic People one Sunday evening, at one of CDR‘s regular producer-oriented nights (more on those in a future post) . The sounds, quite rightly, were nothing short of captivating – thus I was excited to see his work included in Antwerp‘s recent Soniscope guest mix.
Passion clearly fuels his work. He seems to remix anything he can get his hands on, infusing pieces from the likes of Plaid and Nils Frahm right through to Hans Zimmer with his unique experimental tech/ambient sound. His original compositions are nothing to shake a stick at either. Rich, cinematic and resplendent in atmosphere, they exhibit real attention to detail. In his recent piece Foretold, for example, ebbing distortions and delicate guitar in the upper layers offset the more sunken, aqueous bass and percussion. Another track, Concrète, showcases his ability to read and place samples for a distinctly immersive listening experience.
With material so varied in style and texture, it’s hard to select only a few tracks for this post. I highly recommend basking in the familiar orange glow of SoundCloud to trawl through his vast collection – social links below. If you feel like supporting, there’s plenty enough on BandCamp as well. For now, have a taste of what his sound is all about: