UE.13: Static Noises
No. 13 in the UE mix series comes from 19 year old, Kent-based rising star Sam Murphy aka Static Noises. Sam’s slick brand of garage-infused, deep house is turning all the right heads of late and his newest track Suburb has just had a flurry of plays on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, from the likes of Trevor Nelson, Charlie Sloth and DJ Target. 2013 sounds like this!
So, first things first. Who are you and where are you from?
Hi, I’m Sam Murphy otherwise know as Static Noises. I’m originally from the Dartford/Bexley area in Kent, but I’m currently living in Ramsgate for my studies.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as an amalgamation between chilled out house music, Minimal and tech and bass music. I like my music to be quite spacious with a good helping of bass!
Tell us a bit about your journey into making music.
Well I originally started learning guitar from when i was about 12 till about 16 (I’m 19 now) I was in a few bands but we never really got anywhere and there were always creative differences. When I was taking Music GCSE I was introduced to Cubase and just loved being able to make music and sounds that had never been heard before. I then went to college to study Music Tech and at the same time I started putting music on Sound Cloud as Static Noises. 4 years down the line, here we are!
Your track Suburb has been getting some airtime on 1Xtra recently, you must be hyped. How did that come about?
Ah I’m so happy that it’s getting played on 1Xtra, first time my tracks have been played on national radio which is so cool. It came about via BBC Introducing who I sent my track to and they played it on their show. They liked it so much they sent it on to 1Xtra and they liked it to and put it on the weekly playlist, which is awesome! Getting played by the likes of MistaJam and co. is so awesome.
We’re predicting big things for the vocalist on the track, Siobhan Leyden. How did you two come into contact?
Well we went to the same primary school when we where little and she lives down the road from me back in Bexley/Dartford and we happened to go to the same uni. I had Suburb in demo form for a while and it sounded a lot different so i reworked it, wrote some lyrics for it and asked if she could sing on it. We recorded the vocals in no time at all, the track came into being so quickly and I just had to put it out there!
I believe the track is now scheduled for a release. What can you tell us about that?
Yeah its coming out on Snap House, and will be out on Beatport on March 25th and iTunes and the rest on April 8th. First release on a label so I’m mega hyped about that!
Which artists would you say are currently influencing your sound?
The new James Blake stuff is really influencing my sound at the moment, his song with Brian Eno is just incredible. There’s alot of dance artists who I’m really digging at the moment; all the acts signed to Dirtybird and Moda Black are doing incredible things and really pushing the scene forward both in the sound and popularity. It’s the shake up house music really needs at the moment!
Tell us a bit about the mix you’ve done for us. What was the inspiration behind it? What equipment did you use?
The mix is basically just a compilation of all the songs that I’m really into at the moment. There’s alot of Minimal bass music which I’m really digging at the moment. I used an APC 40 and Ableton for this one, unfortunately I don’t own CDJ’s … one day one day!
Where can people find you playing out in the coming months?
I am playing at Frolic Festival in Faversham in Kent on 2nd and 3rd of August which I’m really excited about. I also should have a summer residency in my local area. If anyone wants me to play let me know and if I can get there I’ll play. Readers can also keep up to date with my gigs on my facebook.com/staticnoises and my twitter.com/static_noises_
Any words of wisdom for our readers?
Just to keep doing what your doing and when you do doubt yourself, carry on and don’t give up!
And finally, what is the one urban essential you just couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without Spotify and Youtube. Without the music they supply me I think I might just go mad!