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It’s been a whirlwind eighteen months for UK drum and bass producer Wilkinson. 2013 saw the release of his debut album Lazers Not Included through RAM Records, which spawned the massive hit ‘Afterglow’, as well as his second Top 40 single ‘Half Light’ featuring Tom Cane. Since then, Wilkinson has produced for artists such as Katy B and Wretch 32, and also embarked on a sold-out UK tour. “It’s pretty crazy,” says a rather dopey Wilkinson, currently looking out across Ibiza harbour. “It’s just been mad, and it’s still going. “I never expected this to send me around the world.” Following the success of Lazers Not Included, Wilkinson was originally to release Lazers Not Included 2.0, a new edition of his debut album which would feature six previously unheard songs. But having been writing new material since its release, this plan was scrapped in favour of putting out a whole new album. Now, says Wilkinson, reflecting on the events of the past year and a half, feels like the right time to release it. “I feel like I’ve really found my sound. I’ve got a live band now, I’m looking forward to playing it all live.” How, then, would he describe this sound? “I’ve gone for the 90s way of doing the vocals – from the late 90s drum and bass, just the structures and sounds that are used. I’ve also loved using guitars on this album, so I’ve got that festival guitar sound on a lot of the tunes, and used that as an atmosphere in the background of the tunes.” Festival guitar sound? Festival sound as in when everything’s distorted by the wind and you can barely hear anything? Guitar sound as in Slayer or as in 5 Seconds of Summer? “It’s hard to describe the sound,” says Wilkinson, “but that’s really what I’m going for – that sort of rave-y vibe that works in festivals, something that works in summer. The majority of the stuff I’ve written has actually been in hot places, so it’s influenced by the summer.” Sounds like Wilkinson has been rather enjoying his never-ending summer over the past two years. The album’s sound, Wilkinson continues, is also influenced by the work of guest writers and vocalists. Rather than using big names, Wilkinson prefers to stick to upcoming artists.
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