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Jack Smith

Following on from his and debut release on new Austrian imprint Deep Field Audio, we caught up with Viennese native Double Helix to discuss his sound, the music that’s influenced it and production technique.

Tell us about yourself DH… how long have you been producing for, and what would you say influences your techy production style?

I started playing around with music programs eight years ago (about six of those with a forward thinking attitude to taking it seriously), and it’s been quite a journey to the point where I am today. A lot of sounds and artists have influenced me along the way, I like it particularly when a track takes you on a journey and constantly surprises you with its variety and little ‘gadgets’. The concept of making music with a combination of taking it seriously and having a lot of fun at the same time with an emphasis on ‘groove’ has been a guideline for my work.

What facilitated the connect between yourself and Deep Field Audio? Must have been a particularly proud moment knowing your music would be their debut release!

The fact that I have been part of of Deep Field Audio since the beginning has made the discussions a lot easier I guess! [Haha!] And yeah, I am proud of the debut release!

It often takes a certain amount of time for an artist to find their niche, even after they’ve began releasing music, yet it seems you’ve found your feet already with your debut. Would you say you are satisfied with your output right now? How would you like your sound to develop moving forward?

To a certain point I’m satisfied. There will always be certain aspects and details that I’m not 100% happy with, but I think that’s part of the process. It’s also the main driving force behind searching for and discovering new sounds. I have a lot of ideas with where I would like to go [with my music], so we’ll see what happens. Mainly though I’d like my sound to become cleaner and the mids to become more powerful.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be and why?

My top favourites to work with would be Noisia, the Neosignal boys Phace & Misanthrop, and Rockwell. Noisia because I really like the way they constantly push the sound to the next level; Neosignal because they’ve got the skills and the madness; and Rockwell because I think he has also found a way of making a very unique sound that I like.

What does the future have in store for Double Helix, on both a work and personal level?

I can only guess but I hope my sound will develop well and I’ll be able to make a living from it.

Any words of wisdom for our readers?

Phew, that’s a tough one! How about: ‘There is no truth, only perception.’ (Gustave Flaubert)

Finally, what’s the one Urban Essential you couldn’t live without?

It would be my PC I guess 🙂


Double Helix – Wellenkammer / Delusion is out now on Deep Field Audio. Check out the artist on Facebook and Soundcloud.