What is it that you can learn from Kanye?
For me, it’s just the actual working process rather than…. Obviously there’s a lot of musical influence, but as you were saying earlier, the actual process of doing a record together, directing a whole bunch of people, it is something I’ve tried to incorporate into my own new record. I bring in a musician for this part, call someone up if I need an extra backing vocal here, I need the guitar bit here. So having that sort of approach to production, as opposed to what I used to do, which was just be sat in the middle of the night with headphones on in my mom’s basement hunched over a laptop. Putting together a record in the more traditional sense is what an actual producer does instead of just [being] a beatmaker.
In the interview he also stated that TNGHT was not done making music.
You and Lunice are just taking a break from TNGHT, right?
Yeah, a lot of people would say that it was a stupid move, but we found ourselves in a situation where a number of major U.S. labels were coming to us, essentially like, “We can get you whoever you want on a track, make us an album. Just make us a fucking rap record, and here’s a blank check.” I can’t say that we didn’t consider it, because we absolutely did, but we both felt like it could be hugely successful for like two years or something and then nobody knows the sort of graft that we cut into our solo careers before that, and then we’d have to have brackets around our name on every flyer for the rest of our lives.
While Hudson’s solo work is nothing like his work with TNGHT, the man is constantly challenging himself and forcing himself to push the envelope. This work ethic and willingness to take risks is why the Scottish producer is one of the most respected artists in the game. See what else he had to say by reading the entire interview with Complex here.
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