Who are you?
I’m Selasse (stylized as SELVSSE), originally from Croydon in South London but currently residing in Lewisham. I’d describe my production style as percussive, emotive and fun. In terms of sound, I’d say a lot of what I create is rooted in hip hop.

What would you say are the most popular beats you’ve created?
It’s definitely a combination of reworks and songs I’ve produced for others artists, the most popular being ‘Call It’, (a rework of MNEK’S ‘Don’t Call It Love’), ‘Needs’ (a rework of Sasha Keable’s ‘Careless Over You’) and ‘Got You Right’ by ItsNate.

What is your favourite song you’ve worked on and why?
I find it to hard name a song, mainly because every sound tends to carry a different mood or vibe for me. But for conversations sake, I’d say it’s probably the rework of MNEK’s ‘Don’t Call It Love’ I did recently. The original song definitely had me nostalgic when I heard it and from there it was just about complimenting the vocals with the right elements.

Do you think that production software becoming more accessible to just anyone is a good or bad thing for music?
I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing, I think its great that anyone can have the tools to create music when they feel inspired to do so. And if it eventually becomes something they want to be great at doing, that’s when the time and effort will be required and not everyone has that to give.

What influences you as a producer?
Creatively, I’d say experiences; conversations and people influence and inspire me. Sonically, textures, grooves and melodies also influence a part of the music, along with reinterpreting different sounds.

This is an extract from the Autumn/Winter14 Issue of Viper Magazine. Read more from the magazine here. Buy physical and digital copies here.


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