Rushmore has been crafting misshapen, subterranean beats in London’s nightlife for a minute now. Working with his label and fashion brand, Trax Couture, the DJ and producer has made a name for himself in London’s emerging vogue (the dance, not the magazine) scene. With his debut album Ours After he’s aiming to emerge from the clubs and make a name for himself in the wider dance community, showcasing his unique mix of footwork, UK bass and pure atmosphere across thirteen tracks.
Eager to find out more we got him to put together a mood board of his biggest influences going into the project and the process behind it, including a week in Tokyo and some quality time by the pool in Palm Springs.
Rushmore: This was one of the first paintings I was introduced to as a kid at like 8/9, by my brother. From then on, I have always loved surrealism. I think my passion to create something weird and wonderful stems as far back as this, feeding into my production on the album, with the aim to create familiar but unknown/undefined compositions.
DJ Screw was a pioneer of the whole chopped ‘n’ screwed musical movement. Memories from my teens and reading about him in magazines like The Source as a kid fascinated me, how by using a simple technique creates a new majestic world around already existing music. Some of his more laid back approach to atmosphere has informed my album productions.
This is actually a pic from Hong Kong, which was where I was for one night before my week in Tokyo. This image almost looks photo-shopped with where the trees are placed, but I think it reflects how I’ve tried to mix down & finish my album with quite a clear and defined arrangements
This was peak time on the Tokyo metro which represents a lot of elements on my album, quite compact and busy in parts, but the story the picture doesn’t tell is the audio experience. Despite looking hectic, the atmosphere was actually calm and peaceful at times only interrupted by a pleasing jingle when the train stops at each station. I was writing some of the music for the album in these scenarios
Harajuku high-rise views are amazing. That stands for a lot of big cities by night. A continuing theme throughout the city is an atmosphere of peace despite the size and bustle of Tokyo, something that definitely informed my album tracks
Shibuya architecture captured in this image is pretty special. There’s quite a glassy texture to the album which was influenced by my surroundings such as these
The Meiji Jingu shrine just north of Harajuku is super special place. It has vast grounds and feels very grand, in a natural way. Some of that vibe has played into my album or at least the attempt to create some of that feeling.
The amazing mix of textures in this building front creates something truly unique. This image really epitomises the overall direction for my album, to re-create something new from the already existing in a fresh way
The view form Roppongi hills at sunset is awesome! You can see Okinawa in the distance, but you really can and can’t grasp the size of Tokyo spanning 23 wards/boroughs. The sheer haze and the reflections from the buildings captures the view the album tries to produce.
Poolside views from Palm Springs homes are my idea of paradise, it’s where I want to retire. Halfway through the album writing/finishing I spent 10 days here which definitely influenced a couple of tracks bringing in a west coast ‘g-funk’ flavour.