YHS Artist Spotlight: Inner Circle - Reflections
Today we are reintroducing our Artist Spotlight series on Soundcloud, which focuses on showcasing emerging artists from around the Midwest and beyond. We’re premiering a track from Metro Detroit producer, Inner Circle, and talked to him about his recording process and the draw of the Detroit electronic scene.
This entry in the series is from Matthew Lucas, a talented electronic producer who releases under the alias Inner Circle. Coming from a musical background and playing guitar all his life, Lucas cites hearing Skrillex as a turning point in his creative palette.
“All the sounds I heard blew my mind because I had never heard anything like that before. It really inspired me to start making [electronic] music from that point on.”
Although he claims his early productions were more heavily influenced by dubstep and trap, Inner Circle’s latest single “Reflection” is a lush, watery hip-hop beat, seasoned with airy synthesizers and knocking percussion. His current sound is more reflective of recent influences, Mura Masa and Graves.
“Their music is super original and every song they put out I can’t stop listening to.”
Matthew Lucas grew up in Metro Detroit but is currently studying Multimedia Arts at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This is where he met fellow producer Epicure, who the introduced him to the Young Heavy Souls brand.
“I grew up 30 minutes outside of Detroit, MI in Bloomfield Hills. The music scene there wasn’t the biggest, especially in the electronic scene. But if you went down to Royal Oak or Detroit, electronic concerts popped up all around there that I went to. Those concerts, and especially the history of electronic music in Detroit, really inspired me to start making music and hopefully becoming that DJ behind the decks. It’s such an awesome scene and I love being a part of it. “
Lucas is a full time student, but he says he always finds time to hone his production skills.
“School can get busy at points, but I always make time for [writing] every day. I spend a lot of time messing around with samples, I hardly use software synths, so composing is really around how I chop up the samples and make my own melody or structure.”
There are many different schools of thought when it comes to mixing down computer-based music. Some artists prefer to compose and then have their music mixed and mastered by a third party afterwards, but Lucas’ approach is more indicative of the modern catchall bedroom producer who serves as both composer and engineer.
“Mixing is always something I do as I am producing. Whenever I’m done with the track, the mixing is already done.”
Currently Inner Circle is prepping his first EP that he plans on releasing late spring or early Summer. Stay on the look out for more sounds from him, as we will be sure to cover them.
Words by Matt Black