We’ve had the unique opportunity to interview 747, given he recently released a new EP! We delved into how his career started, how he’s been doing during the pandemic and much more… Get scrolling and turn up those speakers with his music!
[WF]: First of all, on behalf of Wide Future, thank you so much for you being available to do this interview with us! We love your new EP, While My 303 Gently Weeps. When did you start your career and what was the main goal of that identity?
: I started making music in high school, and 747 eventually became my creative outlet. My first release was in 2015, but I would say my career actually started after the 5th release, “Ammonite EP”. It was the first record that we pressed on vinyl and got meaningful DJ support. It was an awesome feeling to finally feel like I had made an impact on a scene that I was formerly just a spectator of. After that release was “Aurora Centralis”, which was my breakthrough record and that’s probably when my career started pointing up. From the beginning, the main goal of 747 was to write music that will outlast the artist. Over time my goals have evolved, and my main focus now is to have some sort of positive impact on peoples’ lives with my music.
[WF]: When did your passion for music start? Especially techno itself.
: My passion for music started when I was first introduced to electronic music through artists like Justice, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Boys Noize etc. Prior to that, I was definitely a fan of music, but I had never thought I would be making music or turning it into a career. My mom put me through piano lessons as a kid, and obviously at that age it wasn’t something I really wanted to be doing, but looking back I’m so grateful for those years because my music wouldn’t be possible without that classical training. In terms of techno I only started to truly understand it after visiting Berlin for the first time in 2016. Something about the vibe of the parties, the sound systems, the club atmosphere, and the people there make techno a completely different experience to what I had been exposed to in Canada.
[WF]: Are you currently pursuing a career in music as a hobby or have you gotten to the point where it has become a full-time job?
: At the moment it’s tough for any musician to call this a full-time job, which is unfortunate because I felt I was coming off a lot of momentum heading into 2020. I’m not getting too worked up about it though because I do think this will only be a minor setback in the grand scheme of things.
[WF]: What are some factors that you think contributed to your quick growth and success as an artist?
: This is a tough one because I think luck and timing were some of the biggest factors involved in terms of “quick” growth. I kind of suddenly emerged on the scene with “Aurora Centralis”, and I think the music just spoke for itself. I didn’t release on a big established label, leverage a huge social media following, or get any significant press on it. To be honest I’m pretty sure most media outlets passed on it, and most DJ’s hit the “Not for me” button on the DJ promo. That said, a lot of other people really resonated with it, and I still get tons of messages to this day about the track. The reason why I say luck and timing is because I think if I were to release the EP now, in a world where techno is much harder and faster, the EP wouldn’t have had nearly the same amount of success.
Of course there’s really no such thing as quick growth and success. I’ve been working on my music for years, and at the end of the day time and effort is always going to be the most important factor.
[WF]: You’ve had a string of incredible releases on notable labels, including your remix of KAS:ST’s ‘The Light At The End of The Tunnel’ on Marco Bailey’s Materia, but most of your work has been released on Aquaregia. How did this partnership / relationship start? Do you have any plans to start your own label in the future?
: Emily (the owner of Aquaregia), and I went to university together while studying chemical engineering. She was pretty much the only other person I knew that was into techno, and she had been really supportive of my music. She eventually decided to start up a label, and at the same time my music was also starting to improve. It was a really easy decision to make to partner up with Aquaregia for my releases, and since then I’ve pretty much exclusively released there. As an artist it’s a perfect situation to be in as she gives me a lot of creative freedom, and I don’t need to worry about conforming my sound to a certain style. I think a lot of artists start up their own label for this exact reason, to have creative freedom and control over their own music, so at the moment I’m not really looking to start my own label.
[WF]: What’s your dream collaboration?
: There are so many artists that I’d love to work with inside and outside of techno. I really admire the work nthng puts out, super dreamy and dubby techno. We were really fortunate to get him on the remix pack for “Aurora Centralis”, but a collaboration on an original track with him would probably be on the top of my list.
[WF]: Three weeks ago, you released ‘While My 303 Gently Weeps’ on Aquaregia to kick-off 2021. Briefly, what does this release mean to you and how did it come to be?
: The release was all made during quarantine, and I was listening to a lot of classic rock during that time. What really stood out to me was how talented those bands were, not only from a song writing perspective, but also how good they were live. They truly were some of the best musicians in their fields in the world. When I look at today’s music I see everything being digitized, and a modern musician’s weapon of choice is a mouse and keyboard. It seems odd, and it feels like we’re heading in the wrong direction. Of course, I’m no exception to this trend and my music relies heavily on the digital world, but my track “While My 303 Gently Weeps” is an attempt to bring back some of the musicality of that era.
[WF]: In your opinion, what’s the most special track that you’ve made?
: Maybe a bit of recency bias, but that probably has to be “While My 303 Gently Weeps”. I love the 303 solo in the middle so much, and I made sure to make it easy to mix in and out of so I’ve been including it in almost all of my mixes and podcasts.
[WF]: During this pandemic, did you spent more time in the studio than you did before? Could you say that this pandemic ‘helped’ you to focus more on producing music?
: Not really. I’ve been a bit uninspired and have had to look in new places for inspiration. Being at clubs and touring used to fuel a lot of that for me, so I’m now digging through other genres and spaces. It’s a bit of a different process, and while it’s a nice new challenge I’d really prefer for things to be back to normal.
[WF]: What are your goals for the future?
: I would really love to soundtrack a video game or a movie. I’ve had my music in a feature film already, but I think it would be amazing to score original music as well. I also think it would be really cool to work on music in some capacity outside of techno. Techno and electronic music in general is usually a one-person job in the studio, whereas other genres you have a whole team of people working on a single track. I think it would be a great experience to be able to be a part of a project like that and contribute to something that exceeds what I could do alone.
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