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Conversations: Get to Know More About Sarah P

Sarah P, former frontwoman of Keep Shelley in Athens, creates minimalistic pop music which harks back to all that was brilliant in the 90s. Looking at Sarah P’s solo music to date, one can’t help but to notice a dark edge, something which is apparent in her latest video Dirty Sunday, a song which makes a point about working in the music industry as a woman.

We recently had a chance to catch up with Sarah P to pose a few questions about her life in Berlin and music, but first, check out Dirty Sunday to get a taste of what she’s been working on recently.



1. SO WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND DIRTY SUNDAY?

Being a woman in this crazy industry of music is just as hard as swimming with sharks. Being a woman in this crazy industry of music and wanting to succeed because you think you’ve got it is just as hard as admitting that you don’t have equal chances as the man you’re might be competing with. Women in this crazy industry of music are often being reduced to their looks, their boobs or to ‘that time of the month’. No matter if we’re talking about women managers, A&Rs, producers, engineers, artists, publishers, booking agents, promoters. Through a video, I speak my truth, I tell a story.


2. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO WOMEN MUSICIANS TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE INDUSTRY?

To be bold, stay true to themselves, speak loud and never ever let anyone patronize them. To know their rights as performers and composers and to not close any “sparkly” deal – the longer, harder road pays off so much better & in so many ways, especially artistically. Definitely better than any advance money. But I guess this advice suits any young person that wants to enter the art field in general and no matter the gender.


3. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Introspective, private, ethical, independent, passionate.


4. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Every person, until they make me not to.


5. HOW DO YOU DECIDE YOUR SONG TITLES?

I guess it’s a natural process. I write the lyrics first. Normally, there should be a word or a phrase that stands out or sums up the story I’m telling. Honestly, I never spent too much thought on this! 😊


6. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BERLIN?

It’s casual and whimsical at the same time.


7. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS?

When my mom visited last year, we walked such long distances. On a good day, it is really worth walking around and seeing the scenery changing. Berlin’s streets are super flat and every district is so different. It feels like a big film studio which is very cool.


8. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Find yourself and then be it.


9. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

To be honest, I know it may sound lame and snob, but since I’m putting my album together, that’s the only music I listen to. After I tell myself I’m through for the day, I honestly cannot listen to anything, but silence. I hope this doesn’t come out as creepy and egocentric – I guess music is my work and taking an off from it is healthy. Other than that, Kate Bush 4 life!


10. WHEN YOU TRAVEL DO YOU PACK TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE?

Thank you for this question. I really feel that I have mastered the art of packing as an adult. I guess I pack much enough, for my standards. Like much, but not too much, aka much enough. It feels good to know you’re prepared for anything that may happen. Also, for the sake of being the mom of the travel group. You know, “I told you it would be chilly, your jacket is under the pants, behind the socks and undies”.


11. WHAT’S ONE FASHION TREND YOU HOPE DOES NOT COME BACK?

I’m cool with it all, except the thongs display.


12. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM TO COOK?

I grew up in a house with a mom that makes the best pies ever (maybe after gran’s spinach pie) and a dad who is a pizza masterchef, so these are two things I love to make because they feel like home. Apart from that, I also love baking cakes. I guess I could call myself an amateur birthday cake maker – that’s something I really enjoy.


13. TO FEEL RESTED, HOW MANY HOURS OF SLEEP DO YOU NEED EACH NIGHT?

It depends on the night – today I woke up at 4.30am, which means I slept for less than five hours, yet I’m feeling pretty good. I guess that seven hours mark a good night’s sleep, with no fatigue attacks in between bedtime.


14. WHO PERFORMS MORE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS THAN ANYONE YOU KNOW?

My husband to be. He is the most genuinely nice person I know. Mostly, he’s the most genuinely nice person towards me. From bringing me coffee in bed to being so patient and understanding with it all. It is not that easy to live with a creative freak, even harder when you work with them as well. So, yeah, the greatest respect and my whole heart goes to my partner. Also to my gran who is a girl-power girl and one of my greatest influences.


15. WHAT SOUND DRIVES YOU CRAZY?

People calling each other “bitch”, disrespect in general, and fanaticism.


16. WHAT’S SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT YOU HOPE WILL NEVER CHANGE?

I hope that everything changes, as I evolve into a better version of myself – as it’s happened to me and hopefully, will keep on happening till the day I die. We’re meant to evolve and are constantly on a movement.


17. WHAT MUSIC HAS MADE A BIG IMPACT ON YOU?

Dark wave, post punk. The biggest emotions can be expressed in the most simple, presumably apathetic way. No need to scream or shout. No need to be violent or encourage violence to prove a point. It’s a very beautiful, romantic scene that has definitely shaped me since primary school. And angel Tim Buckley whom I wanted to marry (although I knew he was long dead).


18. DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF ACQUANITANCES OR JUST A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS?

You bet I have many acquaintances – social media has made us “friends” with so many people. Also, truth to be told, my job requires so much networking (dreadful at times, fun at others) and so the circle grows bigger and bigger. But as every circle, my center is very close and intimate.


19. WHAT BORES YOU?

Self-absorbed people and those who have nothing to say.


20. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU IN 2016?

New music, new words, new images – I’m working with a team of creative geniuses to create something that’s not just music, but a well-rounded piece & a statement. I cannot say more, but it is really exciting!


Listen to other Sarah P songs via Soundcloud!

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Conversations: Get to Know More About Sophia Hamadi

Sophia Hamadi is one of the up & coming talents emerging in the Paris music scene. As 1/2 of the electronic duo Opale, she plays cold, melodic, and dreamy music for nostalgics and sunset lovers.

We recently caught up with Sophia to ask her a few questions about her music and life, but first, we suggest listening to the exclusive Moonrise mix she did for the Style of Sound to give you a flavour of her, well, style of sound.



1. WHAT QUALITIES MAKE AN AMAZING SONG?

Making a song is like baking a cake: The sponge cake is like the main structure that shape the song and the icing is like the melodies. If it moves me to tears or make me dance, then it’s a perfect song.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Music, late night coffees, friends, travels and sunsets.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Nature and cats.


4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PARIS?

Its great access to culture and its underground electronic music scene. But most of all, I love the people I have met in Paris. I’ve been living in here for five years, and so far, I am living the best years of my life.


5. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES PARIS?

Any melancholic sound with lots of reverb.


6. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

An Algerian restaurant called “Les Quatre Frères” in Belleville. I think it’s the best in town.


7. FAVOURITE BEVERAGE?

Coffee.


8. WHAT IS THE WORST TASTING THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?

Marmite!


9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

I believe in love at first sight, because I’ve experienced it.


10. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

I’m listening to Two 0 one by John Tejada. This song has changed my life.


11. ALL TIME FAVOURITE ALBUM?

‘In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country’ by Boards of Canada.


12. FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

San Francisco, Palm Desert, Berlin, New York and Barika (Algeria).


13. WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO IF IT WAS YOUR LAST JOURNEY EVER?

I would travel to the Saharan desert in Algeria.


14. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

I believe in extrasensory perception.


15. ARE YOU MORE OF A RULE KEEPER OR RULE BREAKER?

It depends on the rule..and on the context!


16. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

My mother once told me an Arab proverb which says that forgetfulness is one of the most beautiful gift given by life. I definitely believe in this proverb.


17. ARE YOU A HUGGER OR NON-HUGGER?

I am a passionate hugger.


18. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

I am recording an album with my other music project Opale. I’m also developing my solo project and planning to record an EP before the end of the year.


Listen to other mixes from Sophia via Soundcloud and check out Opale while your at it.

Conversations: Get to Know More About Boys Get Hurt

Tokyo-based Yuki Abe AKA producer & DJ Boys Get Hurt makes rather nice music that makes you want to dance all night. More specifically, he expertly crafts bouncy disco-house music with sprinklings of electronica, indie, ambient, hip-hop and R&B, but within each track there’s a strong sense of emotion inspired by the melancholic feelings which the changing of seasons inevitably bring about.

Check out our interview with Abe below. But first, we think you’ll want to press the play button below to set the scene with his latest mixtape called Heliotrope.



1. WHAT QUALITIES MAKE AN AMAZING SONG?

I think it’s depend on how much you really want to tell something to the other person.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Chillin’ With music, Drinking Coffee.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Kobo Abe.


4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TOKYO?

Always trying new things with a traditional twist.


5. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES TOKYO?

Denki Groove – ‘Shangri-La’.


6. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

Asakusa. Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of central Tokyo, at the eastern end of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line subway.


7. FAVOURITE BEVERAGE?

Iced Coffee.


8. WHAT IS THE WORST TASTING THING YOU’VE EVER EATEN?

Grilled mutton dish in Hokkaido. Basically every food of Hokkaido is amazing but…


9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

YES. Because you can read so many things on first contact, especially if you really focus on knowing.


10. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

CHVRCHES – ‘Leave A Trace(Four Tet Remix)’.


11. ALL TIME FAVOURITE ALBUM?

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Transatlanticism’.


12. FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

Hawaii,London,Paris,Taipei,Korea. These are only cities I’ve ever visited. I hope i could visit more in future.


13. WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO IF IT WAS YOUR LAST JOURNEY EVER?

Hawaii is a special place for me. I used to visit every year in my childhood.


14. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

Yes. I like to read horror stories and almost of them are fiction. But sometimes true stories can be more terrifying. So this is very rare, but you can find true madness in humans.


15. ARE YOU MORE OF A RULE KEEPER OR RULE BREAKER?

Basically I’m rule breaker. I hate to do things that someone else tells me to do. I never want to do things like anyone else. Music is the one best way to make my own way. I really respect people who find their own way. Only these people make history.


16. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Keep positive. No excuse for own music and activities. Do what I like whatever the situation. Treat people with kindness, especially woman and kids. Never have cigarettes and drugs. Drink coffee everyday.


17. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

My new song will be on ‘Poolside’ compilation by Toolroom again. I’m working on remix for ‘Patawawa’. Make more music to prove new Japanese sensitivities in music.


Listen to other mixes from Boys Get Hurt via Soundcloud.

Conversations: Get to Know More about Jerry Bouthier

A Parisian long established in London, Jerry Bouthier is passionate about music in its many forms and applications. His ties with Kitsuné, the legendary Vivienne Westwood, London’s infamous BoomBox club night as well as his JBAG productions/remixes and A&R duties for Continental records have made his name a regular fixture in the worlds of music and fashion.

Check out our interview with Bouthier below. But first, press the play button below to set the scene with one of his latest mixes.



1. WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS FOR CHOOSING SONGS FOR A MIX?

I’ve always felt music was here to uplift the soul, give you a boost, the energy that your everyday life doesn’t always provide. So I’m after meaningful pieces with strong, interesting melodies that haven’t been heard a million times, striking tracks communicating emotions through the language of music that you feel like going back to. Something a little magical or challenging has to happen along the way. Music should be imaginative and make you think or dream. On paper the democratisation of music is a great idea, but in reality it’s a bit of a disaster, the world is flooded by mediocre tunes produced by djs and computer programers with limited musical skills, over-quantized and soulless, sounding alike because they were made with the same machines and reduced ambition. As Keith Richards put it ’the market for people who can’t tell one note from another is huge’. Most people making music these days are after money or celebrity status, expecting results almost instantly. When you know how technically easy it has become to make records, it can be distressing to hear what people release these days, there’s no quality control exercised whatsoever. So much of it is shockingly poor and devoid of any palpable emotion, too often just a collection of programming tricks favoured by djs for their effect on the dancefloor, yet devoid of any personal sensibility, ‘me-too’ tunes that blatantly copy what’s currently popular. Talent still shines through but that means having to sift through tons of music to unearth exceptional gems, the name of the game for djs really… as a result curiosity is key, today more than ever.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Can I have six? Discovering. Learning. Creating. Celebrating. Sharing. Caring.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Those who do things out of love, friendship or loyalty – rather than for the sake of dollars. Those with principles who are true to their word, put money where their mouth is and resist facility.


4. WHAT BRINGS A TEAR TO YOUR EYE?

Injustice… innocent people abused by worldwide greed. And my stupid little brother Tom taking his own life all those years ago. You never truly manage to get over something like that.


5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LONDON?

The melting pot of people, totally non-judgemental by nature… and necessity, the capital of Europe as I like to call it. And the fact that rock’n’roll is in its genes.


6. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES LONDON?

To me it’s not so much about a sound but about attitude, the music around it keeps morphing…There’s no other place like it.


7. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

The George & Dragon in the heart of Shoreditch, sadly about to shut down for good, one day they’ll make a film about how important that gay, fashiony pub was to alternative culture and electro in London.


8. WHAT IS BEAUTY?

Wow, that’s a question! Nature and science’s spontaneity? Without sounding depressing, there isn’t much beauty to be found in what our society reflects and stands for these days, consumers society is a bit of a nightmare come true really.


9. HOW DO YOU HEAL A BROKEN HEART?

With music… and positivity. Some songs remain very special for the rest of your life.


10. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

Desire at first sight is one thing, however I believe true love goes beyond attraction and takes time to grow strong.


11. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Anything that has life and craftsmanship to it, that feels genuine and human although made with machines like most music today. I’ve always been more about collecting songs than worshiping artists. Again it’s not so much about a sound but feeling that the artist means it and wants to communicate a musical emotion that touches the soul, not just copycat or make a quick buck. Check my Heart & Soul mixtapes, all my best electronic findings end up in there.


10. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

My favourite destination has to be Tokyo, out of this world, the best food on the planet and such kind people. Paris is my original hometown so it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been lucky to have the chance to dj all over the place and have unforgettable memories of Sydney, Johanesburg, Hong Kong, Moscow, Amsterdam, Singapore, Vienna, Milan, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Beirut, Jakarta, Bali, Kiev, Seoul, Cairo… it’s so compelling and enlightening to sample different cultures. However London remains at the top for me, if you’re into music, there’s no beating it.


11. IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO LISTEN TO ONE MUSIC ALBUM AGAIN WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The Jacksons 5 ‘Greatest Hits’? The Cure ‘Faith’? The KLF ‘Chill Out’? Phoenix ‘United’? 2 Many DJs ‘Radio Soulwax 2’? The XX’s first album? So many options, it’s almost impossible to decide!


12. WHAT’S MISSING IN YOUR LIFE?

Sunshine on a daily basis (and the sea nearby!) would be a must, but that’d probably mean lazier too.


13. IS YOUR GLASS USUALLY HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?

Mm it’d depend how much sleep I’ve had the night before haha, no, half-full, definitely, you’ve got to believe in your dreams, if not what’s the point?


14. ARE YOU A HUGGER OR NON-HUGGER?

Definitely a hugger, the simplest, most natural way to physically communicate warmth and care to the people who matter to you.


15. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Hope for the better, prepare for the worse.


16. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?

The usual music stuff I work on, writing/producing/remixing in the studio with Andrea for JBAG etc, putting together dreamy mixtapes and evocative soundtracks for the catwalk and brands, helping out at my favourite labels Kitsune and Emerald & Doreen, releasing more quality EPs on my imprint Continental… dj gigs and a new music project that will be different, watch this space 🙂


Listen to other mixes from Jerry Bouthier via Soundcloud.

Conversations: Get to Know More about Nadja Lind

Over the years we’ve always looked forward to Berlin DJ Nadja Lind’s sets which fall into the realms of deep electronic, techno, house, dub, and minimal techno. When Lind isn’t djing or producing her own tracks, she’s busy running the Lucidflow label, home to some of the finest deep electronic music being released today.

Check out our interview with Lind below. But first, press the play button below to set the scene.



1. WHAT QUALITIES MAKE AN AMAZING MIX?

An amazing song touches my soul, gives me goosebumps, makes me wanna jump and dance, moves me to tears and leaves an instant imprint to my nervous system.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Rollercoaster. Laugh. Vegan. Workout. Change.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

My friends. Nature. Rüdiger & Annette Nehberg. Dr. Gabor Maté. Steven Wolinsky. Barbara Rütting. Everybody who is compassionate, reflected and able to change – that’s courage.


4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BERLIN?

The people you get to meet from all over the world. The airports. The weirdos and aliens you get to see here. Biking lanes. Car sharing. Nearby gym. Relaxed vibe. Parks.


5. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES BERLIN?

Techno. City noise.


6. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

I take them to the Rudimarie Cafe in Neukölln.


7. FAVOURITE BEVERAGE?

Classic Chai from BioCompany.


8. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

It’s a question of definition. The term ‘love’ has been (ab)used inflationary. I believe in attraction at first sight but not love.


9. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

A binaural ambient drone wave I’ve been working on for my next ‘Turning In’.


10. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

Too many to name. Each place is different and related to the people I met and experiences I had. I’d love to live in an Earthship somewhere in the woods – this would be my fav place for sure.


11. WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL IF IT WAS THE LAST JOURNEY IN YOUR LIFE?

I would have to travel to Mordor and Rivendell in that order, if it was my last journey.


12. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

No. I believe in energy, synchronicity and parallel universes.


13. ARE YOU MORE OF A RULE KEEPER OR RULE BREAKER?

It depends on the rules and if I consider them as helpful and supporting or useless. Rules depend on their context.


14. ARE YOU A HUGGER OR NON-HUGGER?

Hugger most of the time.


18. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Ho’oponopono. I love animals therefore I refuse being part of this system of torture. Be consistent. Be grateful. Focus. Practice. Do what you love. Get rid of bad energy (whether people or believe systems). Kindness. Trust my gut feeling. Cut the bullshit. Reflect. Weep. Change. Try and error, try again. Be happy so you will make others happy, too. Respect people, animals, nature and treat them as kindly as I treat myself. Enjoy health, sanity and life. Find your personal meditation..


19. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?

Find out who I am and having a lot of fun doing so.


Find out more about Lind from her Website.

Conversations: Get to Know More about Loscil

Scott Morgan, aka Loscil, recently created a mix for the Style of Sound, inspired by his recent encounters, interactions, and collaborations with the talented community of people he knows and loves.

To accompany the mix, Morgan answered a few questions we had about his life and music.



1. WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS FOR CHOOSING SONGS FOR A MIX?

Sometimes I give myself a theme or make it a game of sort. “Only titles about water or the colour blue” – anything to shape my choices is helpful.


2. YOUR LIFESTYLE IN FIVE WORDS?

Fatherhood, music, beer, sleep, repeat.


3. WHO DO YOU RESPECT?

Anyone I encounter that deserves it.


4. WHAT BRINGS A TEAR TO YOUR EYE?

I have a couple very close friends who have a daughter battling a rare form of cancer. Thinking of their plight has brought me to tears on occasion but also inspired me. I created music for them called For Greta.


5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT VANCOUVER?

The natural beauty of the mountains, forests and sea.


6. WHAT SOUND BEST DESCRIBES VANCOUVER?

There are lots of keynote sounds here like the “Oh Canada” horns and the 9 O’clock canon but the lapping of waves always brings me back to the BC coast.


7. FAVOURITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS?

Often Iona Beach followed by Brassneck Brewery.


8. WHAT IS BEAUTY?

Many things to many people I reckon. For me, it is a feeling you get from taking something in from the world through any and all senses that overwhelms you with intense emotion – usually positive.


9. HOW DO YOU HEAL A BROKEN HEART?

Time, music and a good, strong northwest-style IPA.


10. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SITE’?

Yes. When my daughters were born I felt instant, undeniable love from the first moment I saw them.


11. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

The mix I just created… currently on Marcus and Taylor’s track.


12. IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO LISTEN TO ONE MUSIC ALBUM EVER AGAIN, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I honestly don’t think I could do it. I’d probably just not listen to recorded music anymore. Any one record would inevitably drive you crazy. But maybe something by Arvo Part.


13. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CITIES AROUND THE WORLD?

Montreal, New York, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Chiang Mai, Portland, Kyoto, Paris, Berlin – to name only a few.


14. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD THROW AWAY BUT CAN’T?

I have an old radio – you know like a 30’s era radio cabinet – it’s quite big and from a time when the radio was the centre of the household. It was given to me by my parents and them by my grandparents. It has a broken leg and at some point was painted white with some horrible paint. i want to refurbish it but I’ll probably die before I get time to do that. I should probably get rid of it but I can’t.


15. WHAT SOUND DRIVES YOU CRAZY?

Loud chewing when people eat. Can’t stand it.


16. WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO SAY THEY’RE SORRY?

I think we’re all a bit stubborn sometimes and just want to be right. Saying sorry is admitting you’re wrong.


17. ARE YOU USUALLY LATE, EARLY, OR ON TIME?

Early. So ridiculously early. I can’t stand being late and stress about it so being early helps me alleviate the stress.


18. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?

Be nice.


19. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2016?

Plans on a yet to be divulged special release coming soon, likely some collaborations, film scoring, residencies. Nothing else set in stone yet.


Find out the latest news about Scott Morgan from the Loscil Website.