Someone who thrives in that atmospheric, gloomy style of music that you're so familiar with is 6lack; someone who you have worked with frequently over the last two years. Can you tell us how your relationship with him started?
I started working with 6lack around two years ago. It was before the first album Free 6lack had come out. And 6lack’s lawyers reached out because there was a track off my second album called From Afar which is sampled on the closing song of Free 6lack. I didn't know who 6lack was at the time because I had been living under a rock [laughs], and he was still on the come up at the time. But his producer Trevor (Singawd) reached out to me then because he had been a fan since the beginning, and he was the one who chose to sample it. Through that, we started talking a bunch and sending each other beats, and as of now, we've probably shared around 100 ideas with each other. It just kind of turned into a friendship more than anything else. Trevor and I talk all the time and are always down to collaborate. I think people assume my connection to 6lack is with 6lack himself, but it is much more with Trevor and it's much more of an indirect thing.
You worked on 6lack’s recent album East Atlanta Love Letter, co-producing “Nonchalant” and “Seasons”. Was it a different process heading into this considering the hype and anticipation surrounding it?
I mean, it was and it wasn’t. Nowadays I work with a lot of different artists and producers, but Trevor and I have a very casual way of producing music. There’s no pressure to do anything we don’t want. Which is different because when I usually go and do a session with someone there’s a specific context that they want the sound to exist in. But Trevor and I usually just throw everything at the wall to see what sticks – and these new songs were the same.
That’s surprising to hear considering 6lack is signed to Interscope, and we always hear stories of labels pushing for a specific aesthetic.
Yeah, it’s shocking [laughs]. I really thought that when we started to work together that everything would change, and we would have to do specific things. But they’re really good with encouraging creativity.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned working with 6lack and his team?
Just to not limit yourself. Because there's a lot of sounds that 6lack has done, as well as Trevor and I have done, that has been the result of throwing things at the wall and them happening to work. I think a lot of people, and myself included, don't take that into account. There was a lot of crazy stuff we did that I didn't think would become anything. Like the song "In Between" I produced for 6lack and Banks. I made that in 20 minutes before going to bed once, and a month later it was released.
What is your favourite 6lack song?
Hilariously enough, it's not one that I'm on [laughs]. I think it would have to be "Scripture" off the new album – a timeless classic. Daniel Cartisano from Sydney produced on that track, as well as Fwdslxsh, who I met when I was working on the album was also on that track. Obviously Trevor as well. It's a great track!
Your work stretches through various different fields including writing and producing songs for yourself, other artists and for film and television. Does your approach to music change when switching between avenues?
It probably should change, but it doesn’t. I think it’s got something to do with what we were talking about before in reference to Sick Of What I Don’t Understand. I feel like I don’t create as good if I overthink things. I guess it’s the same with anything. I think if I were to change my approach throughout different fields, it would be more detrimental to what I write.
Is sticking to a style and solidifying a brand something you’d recommend other producers to do?
Yeah, but I think that goes against what I said before. I think during the writing process you should just throw things at the wall, and when it comes to the album, you need to cut it down to make it more cohesive.
Lastly, Sick Of What I Don’t Understand is shaping up to be your biggest project yet, with everything that has happened over the last few years and the hype that you’ve generated. Going into the future, what are some things you would like to start understanding more?
Oh jeez, that’s a really good question. I think I’m going to have to leave you in the dark on that one. To be continued [laughs].
The third part of Lucianblomkamp’s Sick Of What I Don’t Understand is out now.