With influences from The Prodigy, Daft Punk, St Germaine and Massive Attack, Dublin artist ChilloHertz has released Down Time, an EP of chilled-out tunes. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Better known as Alan Morton, guitar player with rock band Lugosi and punk band The Nilz, ChilloHertz has discovered his love of electronic music production while studying the musical tool Ableton as part of a sound engineering course in the Sound Training College.
Tell us three things about yourself?
Apart from my instrumental electronic music I play guitar for the rock band Lugosi and for punk band The Nilz. Both are immense fun.
I completed my feature documentary Open Mic Dublin - The Movie with no funding and zero experience, which so far has screened in two festivals in the States.
I firmly believe that music must do at least one of the following, touch your heart, your mind, your crotch or make you laugh. Everything else is just the air wallpapered.
How would you describe your music?
Chilled-out electronic, occasionally fused with manipulated natural sounds and designed to get a physical response from the brain's pleasure centres. A bit of a cerebral massage.
Who are your musical inspirations?
For this music project, Massive Attack, St Germaine and Groove Armada.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I was lucky and very busy. Working from home until the end of May and finishing year two of sound engineering in the evenings. Last assignment submitted end of April. Since both have ended I have been composing music, and planning my next two documentaries, preparing for the studio with both bands and dreaming about that first creamy pint of stout when the pubs reopen.
What's your favourite song right now?
Hell Broke Luce by Tom Waits
Favourite lyric of all time?
I won’t forget you I couldn’t if I tried
I won’t speak of our little victory I won’t speak of the times we cried
And I won’t claim to relate to all that happened in your life
I won’t claim to know anything at all about the ghost you hide
Hit and Run by Niall Thomas
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
My father singing Raglan Road. But I don’t have a recording of that so Luke Kelly’s beautiful version will have to do.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and all other streaming services. Just search for "ChilloHertz", there’s only one.