Alison Wonderland’s radio show ‘Radio Wonderland‘ may only be in its third week, but it’s already serving up the inside skinny from some of our favourite dance acts. This week, Sydney producer What So Not dropped by for her interview segment ‘808’s & Mates’ to give a progress update on his much-anticipated debut album.
After reminiscing about their early days in the Sydney scene (“We used to play the graveyard shifts in underground holes in Sydney…in that little dungeony sweat hole in Kings Cross”), Wonderland began quizzing Chris ‘Emoh’ Emerson about what we can expect from his first album.
“I can’t tell you [about guest features]…but there is a few on there,” he said. “I think a lot of people have been going and getting features, and I’ve just been working with my friends or just writing my own music independently. I haven’t been worrying about getting a big name to try and get some extra hype, I’ve just been working with people I really like and care about, and admire their creativity and musicality.”
“I think it helps to have a strong and resonating message that I’m projecting with my album, by working with people that I see eye-to-eye with.”
As for potential influences, Emerson is straight up: “The only stuff I’m listening to right now are really classic records that I’ve admired over the years. I wanna hopefully make something that stands the test of time, like those records have.”
“Like the old Moby record, the old Prodigy records, the old Chemical Brothers stuff…even the more recent Miguel record. Then there’s some of the old Gorillaz records. I’ve actually been listening to the Fleetwood Mac album — and that one song on there, ‘Dreams’.”
No word yet on when the album will surface, but here’s hoping it won’t be too long. Until then, get around his latest below. The full ‘Radio Wonderland’ episode is up now on iTunes, where you can also listen to interviews with Skrillex and Lido.