IGLOOGHOST is a name that has stuck out to me ever since I heard it towards the end of 2015. Late last year I came across a really colourful and vivid EP entitled “Chinese Nü Year” that was produced by the new eccentric Brainfeeder label signee. I had no prior knowledge of any of his work before listening to the EP and had no expectations heading into the project. Needless to say I was absolutely stunned by the material that I was hearing so I decided to delve deeper into the artist’s past work. After digging up all his releases that I was able to find, I shot a message to the UK producer to see if he would like to elaborate more about his music. We talked about what he is currently up to since being signed with the new label and what plans he has in store for the upcoming year!
Michael Eidelson – ayyyyy
IGLOOGHOST – KONNICHIWA
M.E – I want to get a little bit of background information, can you tell me where you’re from?
I.G – I’M FROM A TINY BORING CRAP TOWN IN ENGLAND. IT’S NOT V CLOSE 2 ANYTHING OF NOTE @ ALL. GOT SOME TREES I GUESS.
M.E – Has that setting added any influence to your sound?
I.G – I THINK SO BUT PROLLY JUST COS I’VE ALWAYS HAD TO GO ON THE INTERNET 2 EXPERIENCE ANY KIND OF CULTURE.
M.E – So what’s directly influenced the kind of music you make?
I.G – POKEMON, MATH ROCK, FAST THINGS, EYEBALLS, SAD THINGS.
M.E – All of that makes a lot of sense actually after listening to your work. How would you describe the kind of music you create to someone who has never come across IGLOOGHOST?
I.G – RLLY EXHAUSTING, SELF INDULGENT, & POINTLESS. NAH I’D TELL EM IT’S ITE. BIT FAST BUT SOME OK SOUNDS IN THERE.
M.E – Thank god! I would say the samething. Iglooghost, that man’s music is lit!! You recently have signed with Brainfeeder which first off, Congratulations! That’s a really exciting label to be apart of, how did that come about?
I.G – I WAS AN ACCESSORY IN AN ARMED ROBBERY FLYLO ATTEMPTED. WE’RE MERELY TRYING 2 ASSIMILATE BACK INTO SOCIETY & EARN SOME GUAP.
M.E – How’s that been going?
I.G – I STILL HAVE FLASHBACKS OF FLYLO POINTING A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN AT A COWERING PREGNANT WOMAN BUT LIKE YEH IT’S ALL GOOD.
M.E – What a hectic way to become apart of the Brainfeeder label! I would assume that you are then working on an album now that you are signed?
I.G – YEAH BABY.
M.E – How’s working on your new material? Will this follow the gelatinous worm from your Chinese Nü Year EP or are we going to venture elsewhere in the IGLOOGHOST world?
I.G – YEAH IT’S 100% IN THE SAME UNIVERSE. I GOT A RLLY ELABORATE STORY WRITTEN OUT. THE HAPPENINGS OF CHINESE NÜ YR OCCUR LIKE MIDWAY THRU THE ALBUM’S NARRATIVE BUT I DON’T WANNA GIVE MUCH A WAY. GONNA B SO COOL.
M.E – Prior to your Chinese Nü Year EP you released a few tracks with Activia Benz. The website is incredibly designed and follows a lot of the same art style as your cover arts. What I want to ask is how much does the visual art effect the way you create your music?
I.G – SHOUTOUT STEVE SMITH AKA GLOBODIGITAL. DUDE IS DA GOD. BUT YEH I THINK VISUALS R LIKE 60% OF THE EXPERIENCE. SO DANG IMPORTANT.
M.E – You work a lot with mysterious rapper Mr.Yote. Can you tell us a little bit about him and how y’all got acquainted with one another?
I.G – YEH THAT’S MY DUDE RIGHT THERE. HE’S A YUNG GENIUS. WE MET LIKE 3 YRS AGO ON THE INTERNET WHEN WE WERE KIDS MAKING DUMB BEATS. HE’S DUMB TALENTED. RAPS ABOUT HIS OWN MADE-UP WORLD ON HIS OWN CREAKY TIP-TOEING INSTRUMENTALS. HE’S GOT A SOLO EP OUT RN ABOUT A SWAMP DWELLING BLUE BEARDED MEAN MAN.
M.E – (Here is the solo EP by Mr.Yote!) https://flyhighsociety.bandcamp.com/album/mr-yote-the-terrible-tales-of-scurvy-jones
M.E – If you could choose anyone else to be featured on your next album who would you want to collaborate with?
I.G – IT’S WEIRD MAN. I’M SO DEEP INTO THIS STORYLINE THAT HAVING ANYONE JUST SING OR RAP ABOUT NORMAL REAL LIFE SHIT WOULD KILL THE VIBE. I RLLY WANT KELELA ON IT BUT JUST SINGING SOME ROUNDS & HARMONICS & SHIT.
M.E – How do you come up with the track names?
I.G – HMMM I LIKE SONG TITLES THAT JUST DESCRIBE AN OBJECT OR CHARACTER. LIKE GOLD COAT FOR EXAMPLE IS LIKE JUST AN ADJECTIVE & A NOUN. I GOT A SONG ON THE ALBUM CALLED BUG THIEF & IT MAKES U IMAGINE LIKE A LIL BUG BOY WHO’S A THIEF. I THINK THAT MAKES SENSE. BASICALLY I DON’T FUCK W SONG TITLES THAT R LIKE A PHRASE OR SENTENCE. I LIKE IMAGINING A PHYSICAL THING.
M.E – Any word on when we can see the album dropping? I’m dying to hear some new material!
I.G – HOPEFULLY GONNA BE DONE BY THE SUMMER. THERE’S SOME TRACKS ON THIS THING I’M RLLY HAPPY WIV.
M.E – Any plans on touring? Whether it’s before or after the release?
I.G – YEH I’M BOUT TO DO A LIL USA TOUR IN A FEW DAYS MUAHAHA. JUST A FEW WEST COAST DATES & SXSW. HOPEFULLY AFTER THE ALBUM I’LL GO 2 SOME CRAZY COUNTRIES.
M.E – What should people expect at a IGLOOGHOST live show?
I.G – I PLAY LIKE A MILLION UNRELEASED IGLOOGHOST TRACKS & TRIGGER BITS OF EM VIA PADS & PLAY KEYS & DRINK 3 BEERS.
M.E – Thanks for taking the time to sit and chat with me! Is there anything you would like to say for those who read this interview?
I.G – YEAH YALL SHOULD LOOK UP KOKO THE GORILLA THAT SHIT IS FASCINATING & MADE ME CRY LIKE A BABY LMFAO NO LIE. ANIMALS R DOPE! THX 4 HAVING ME DAWG!
-Interview by Michael Eidelson