Today on our Hot Seat we have music artist Low-Res Royalty with us. Let’s have a chat with him. He has recently releases an album titled ‘Monster’ so most of our conversation will be about the album.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your music career.
Low-Res Royalty : I first started making music when I was about 12 years old, maybe a little younger. My parents bought me this little mixer that came with a load of preloaded samples and FX. I used to sit and play with it for hours making beats and trying desperately to sound like all my favourite artists. Eventually I started learning how to produce music on my laptop, cutting together samples from all my favourite songs! It sounded absolutely horrendous, but from there on out I was hooked.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Low-Res Royalty : This is too easy. Hands down, I wouldn’t have started making music if it weren’t for The Prodigy! My mum used to play them all the time when I was younger and I loved them from the moment I first heard them. I used to secretly stay up late after my bed time and listen to all there albums the whole way through! And of course I couldn’t mention The Prodigy without mentioning my love for Pendulum. I think who really inspired me to start experimenting and develop my production techniques a little more, however, was Jon Gooch (Feed Me). Listening to Feed Me really made me wanna explore the world of electronic music even more.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recently released album titled ‘Monster‘ ?
Low-Res Royalty : ‘Monster’ is the album I wanted to make when I was 12 years old and was poorly cutting together samples. It brings all my inspirations together, and listening to it makes me proud and excited. I love to hear my roots coming out in my music. One album that specifically inspired ‘Monster’ was The Prodigy’s latest album, ‘No Tourists’. It’s a banging album and after listening to it I went straight to my laptop and started pushing my music into a heavier direction. The whole vibe of the album just captured how I was feeling at the time. I wanted to go hard in the club, get fucked up and enjoy myself! These feelings ended up being represented in ‘Monster’ (see, Rebellion & No One To Watch Us) and the entirety of my album shows my desire to throw away the pressures of society and do my own thing.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Low-Res Royalty : Honestly, numbers wise it’s been underwhelming. In a way that makes the album more special, because it makes it more of an intimate listening experience. Those few people in the know get to experience a special piece of me that most people, both who I know in person and don’t at all, rarely get to see. Otherwise, the response has been positive. I’ve always struggled with marketing and exposure as an independent artist, but the things I’ve heard from those who are listening has been absolutely stellar! I’m more than proud of what I’ve achieved with ‘Monster’.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, Working in studios or performing on stage?
Low-Res Royalty : You can’t beat a good studio sesh. There’s just no better feeling than sitting in the studio (or my bedroom) and putting together something great. There’s this feeling that you get throughout the process when you come up with something that pops, if you know you know, and it just can’t be beaten. Producing, sitting in the studio late at night, it’s a way to relax and escape from the world. I couldn’t care less about the problems in my life when it’s just me, my keyboard, a cup of tea and some banging beats.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
Low-Res Royalty : All of it. Making music is my world. I honestly believe that if it weren’t for my album I’d be in a dark place. Over the summer of 2019 I went into a spiral of drinking excessive amounts and doing certain other things that weren’t particularly good for my physical or mental health. Making ‘Monster’ was the only break I had from this path. It’s cliche, but it’s so true. I really don’t know where I’d be without the entire process of production.
Twist Online : Have you set any goals to achieve?
Low-Res Royalty : My ultimate goal is to reach 5000 monthly Spotify listeners by the time I head off to university in September, but for now I’m really just focusing on getting my music out there as much as possible.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
Low-Res Royalty : I’m playing with a few different sounds at the minute, trying to figure out where I’d really like to take my music. A part of me would love to dive deeper into the heavier more rocky side of my sound, and a part of me wants to play around with more vocal based lighter songs. I’m not too sure yet. So far I seem to be leaning into a much heavier more EDM sound with little to no focus on vocals at all. We’ll see what happens, but I do plan to release at least one EP and single this year.