Gentü wrote an in absentia interview of fellow Portrait artist Ssét. Despite his absence, the answers were almost identical to how Ssét would have responded. This is more for your amusement - and a very (very) superficial insight into Ssét’s music - than a formal interview.
Gentü: What got you into electronic music? What’s your music background?
Ssét: Little People is really what got me started. I was originally trained on guitar but then learned sax and now dabble in piano.
G: How old were you when you started electronica?
S: About seventeen or eighteen? Not really sure but I’ve only been doing it for about 2 years.
G: How old are you?
G: Who are some of your influences right now?
S: Daedelus for sure number one, Falty DL, Burial, Floating Points is a big one right now.
G: What genre are you or would you consider yourself?
S: Well right now I’m finishing up a Dubstep album that I’m pretty proud of. It’s really my first EP and one that I hope and wish will really start my career. As far as genre, I don’t like to be pegged as one type but like to explore all regions of music.
G: What did you first make or start off with as far as music goes?
S: I started with Minimal House. It totally was my first time making music I can see from just listening to it. I was never really happy with any of it but I know I had to start somewhere.
G: What do you use to perform live? And record with?
S: I use a Novation Launchpad which I map to the pads using clips of songs that I then launch each clip individually. To record I use Ableton Live with some VST’s but also use an Akai MPK25 externally.
G: Any hopes of going pro?
S: I did but life got in the way. So now I do small shows and do it more for fun but I still have a small record label.
G: What’s the name of the label and who’s on it?
S: It’s a small label named Portrait Records that involves my friend, Stafford and brother, Connor [Gentü].
G: What do they do?
S: Well Stafford plays music, he has his own take on UK Dubstep, but also mixes it up with House and Hip-Hop. As far as my brother goes, he will probably be doing music in the near future, but for now he does visuals and the art side of the label.
G: Thank you for your time.
S: Thank you, anytime.