Reigning in Los Angeles, California, electro-indie artist Autumn In June is beginning to break out in the music scene, vastly sharing his unique sound and style. MEB editor Emma Guido was gratefully given the chance to ask the blossoming musician a few questions about his eventful career. Read below to learn more about Autumn In June’s musical influences, childhood, and inspiring motives as he finds his creative sense of self.
In just 6 months, your career as a musician has had quite a successful start. However, I’m sure there are still many potential fans out there that you want to reach. How can you describe you and your sound for someone who has never heard of you before?
I’m pretty much someone who is trying to live life without a fear of being judged. I’m never afraid to be myself and that’s something that I try show through my music. My songs are genuine, pure and are mainly focused around having fun or being super chill. I like to choose sounds that make me feel emotional and then create songs around those feelings. I’m kinda obsessed with melodies so most of my songs are pretty melodic, but overall I’d say that I try to make the ultimate songs to vibe too!
Your style of indie-electro is very unique to the music scene. How did you come to make this type of music?
I experimented with a lot of styles of music before getting to my current sound. I was making all types of music and then eventually everything just formed into what I do now. To be honest though, I don’t really have a set style. I like to work with different types of music and be constantly experimenting. When a sound or style feels right in the moment then that’s what I work with. It’s never like a drastic change between songs, but I do like to keep it fresh.
Who are some of your greatest musical influences?
I have to say ELO is one of my greatest musical influences because I love the type of sound that they created. I’m also really influenced my Dr. Dre as he was the first producer I knew about and The Chronic and 2001 are still some of my favorite albums.
When you are in the studio making your music, what is your writing and recording process like?
I usually start by playing with some synthesizers or bass and then add some cool melodies on top. After that I pretty much just hit record and freestyle to what I’ve made. I like to freestyle all of my lyrics because it helps to capture the emotions I’m feeling at that exact moment. After this I add drums and finish production around what I’ve already created. This process isn’t always the same as it just depends on what ideas start striking me first.
When you are creating music, what are some of your greatest obstacles? How do you overcome this?
I was having a lot of trouble finding the right sounds to create what I have in my mind for my next EP. However, I’ve been upgrading my gear recently and getting my hands on some really cool vintage synthesizers, which massively helps! During the times when I can’t find the perfects sounds that I’m looking for I just create them from scratch on my analog synthesizers and then add effects until they sound like I want them to.
As you were growing up in Los Angeles, the musical style you preferred set you apart from the crowd, resulting in your name “Autumn In June”. How did your childhood inspire the music you make today?
Well I grew up in the hood part of Los Angeles so all I ever heard around me as a kid was rap and hip-hop. I grew up listening to West Coast artists like 2pac, Dr. Dre and The Eastsidaz, so when I started to make my own music I fell in with that crowd because all of my friends used to rap too. As I got a little older I started to discover bands like Pink Floyd and ELO and I fell in love with their stuff. I remember being really intrigued by the possibilities of music outside of hip-hop and rap so I pretty much went on the search for different styles of music. It was during this time that I found all these cool bands and producers and it inspired me to start experimenting with my own music. I got the name of Autumn In June at this time because the type of music I was making was so different from what people usually create in the hood, everyone would say that I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like Autumn In June. Since then the name has stuck and it’s been a crazy roller coaster of experimenting with sounds and styles that has eventually brought me to the type of music I do today.
Considering you are a newer artist, how have your crowd reactions been at shows so far?
I’ve been getting some great reactions at shows so far, its been a blessing. As I don’t have a band or anyone backing me up, it’s just me on stage with a bunch of keyboards and samplers. I really have to try my best to put on a dope show as I know that all of the focus is on me. It gets me really hyped when I get off stage to some good reactions!
What are some of your goals for the near future in terms of touring? What are some festivals/venues you aspire to play someday?
I’ve been working on new music so that has been the main focus lately, but I’m planning to hit some more LA shows over the next few months and then I definitely want to start playing further afield and hopefully hit some festivals this summer too. I really want to play Coachella someday, it’s one of my favorite festivals ever.
What can fans expect to hear when more new music is released? Are you mainly sticking to the sound you’re developing, or do you still have more experimenting to do?
I don’t think I will ever stop experimenting with my music because I’m still growing as a musician and I learn new things everyday. However, my new music is definitely a more defined sound than my previous work and I feel like I have distinct style that I want to go with for my next EP. They can expect some more upbeat dance-y songs like “Hey Arnold!” but also some really chill melodic ones with some really dope vibes. I have been using a lot of vintage analog synthesizers lately so that has been really helping. I’m working on taking it to a whole new level with my future releases for sure!
Before this interview ends, do you have anything you’d like to say to your fans and supporters?
Don’t ever be embarrassed to like something, and don’t ever be afraid to enjoy what you genuinely like because of other people’s opinions. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Stream Autumn In June’s new single “Hey Arnold!”.