Interview: Clinton N

Dublin-based artist Clinton N creates music from a mixture of genres, including elements of EDM, pop and r&b. I has the chance to include his track, away, in a round-up review based around house music, and it’s well worth checking out if you’re into the genre. If you somehow missed it, you can also find a stream at the end of our interview.

By Jane Howkins

You released a single titled away. What can you tell us about the track?
away is a collaboration between myself and Mercedes. We wanted to convey the message of finding yourself, shedding toxicity out of your life and having a fresh start somewhere else (mental, physical or both).

How has the reception to the song been so far, and where can the song be purchased?

I think so far so good! We were able to hit 50k plays all time within the first 3 weeks of releasing, so that’s amazing news to us! The song is available for streaming on all major platforms but can also be purchased from iTunes, Amazon etc.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Absolutely. I’ve got some pretty exciting stuff in the pipeline so hopefully I’ll be able to release those soon. Stay tuned!

Are there any plans to release an album or EP anytime soon?

I’m working on an EP right now with a good friend of mine and we’re both super excited to show you guys once it’s ready to go.

Your music has a house/EDM sound. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I think Porter Robinson is definitely a huge influence alongside others like Dabin, Said the Sky. As a classically trained pianist, I like to combine electronic sounds with traditional instruments and those artists’ styles really resonate with me. I’ve been listening to a lot of fred again… recently and lo-fi.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It can differ from song to song, but I generally like to start with a melody and slowly build the rest of the track out. But sometimes it could start from a drum loop or just a simple bassline. I tend to just follow whatever gives me the most creative flow at that moment in time

Do you have anything else exciting coming up this year?

I’m afraid not! As a part time producer/artist it’s been a bit tough finding enough capacity to do music this year. But I am doing my best to produce as much as I can and share my music with everyone else

You’re currently based in Dublin, although you’ve moved around a lot! How is the local music scene faring at the moment?

Dublin is an amazing city with a really intimate music scene! It not being a giant metropolitan actually helps a lot of like-minded artists to connect on a deeper level. I just attended the Forbidden Fruit festival and would be super keen in DJing there next year if given the chance!

Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?

Since I’m based in Ireland there’s no plans to do any tours abroad yet (not that I have any tours locally either lol).