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Explain the origins and name of Monomorte.
Monomorte is the moniker of producer Danny Ryder. The project started in 2017 and has been growing ever since. There have been many fan theories – it could be a reference to everyone having to ultimately face death alone, or it could just be a cool name. All interpretations are correct.
You define yourself as witchhouse-industrial-magick – tell us more.
These are the fundamental tenets of my core sound, a distinctive ritualistic and atmospheric sound rooted in early witch-house but with strong post-industrial and trip-hop influences.
You’ve recently shared on social media that an upcoming track will be conceived on the same location where Gerald Gardner – the father of witchcraft – was born. How does the occult world of Gardner interact with yours?
Gardner was someone I read about from an early age. I try and initially record in different places to inspire myself and as I’ve access to the property it made sense to see how that will influence the recordings. Gerald Gardner is regarded as the father of modern witchcraft and wicca in England, as well as a good friend of Aleister Crowley. My family were neighbours with his parents and eventually built upon his birthplace where even now people comment on the odd atmosphere. I’m hoping something of that will permeate the recordings and Halloween seems perfect timing for it! I think taking a lateral influence from the occult, rather than literal, can lead to more interesting results.
What draws you into the supernatural, and how do you use it to inform your music?
[For] as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in horror, the supernatural and unexplained (I blame hippy parents), and I bring those influences to whatever music I’m working on at the time. There’s also a slice of discordia, chaos magick and tongue-in-cheek, as once you take things too seriously, you’re doomed!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m halfway through recording the new single, Running, and also have an inbox full of remixes to do. Definitely no rest for the wicked…
Your music is expansive, almost dissociative. What does your creative process look like? How do you get into that sort of headspace to produce the right sounds?
Once in the studio I don’t set myself any parameters or defined styles, so the freedom to make any kind of track I want is liberating. as long as it’s dark, so it could be ambient, trap or some techno monster. This stops me getting bored and I’ve found it best to embrace the contradictions!
Running is available late September via Compliance Records.