STANLEY

For Structure 014 of my illustrious mix series I caught up with Edinburgh producer STANLEY.

STANLEY has caught my unfortunately large ears with his wondrous ambient productions and was kind enough to put together some of those sweet ambient soundscapes into a mix and answer some of my awfully boring “interview” questions. You can listen to the mix and peep the track + our little q&a below.

Mix artwork by Jamie Dyer >> @jamiejamiedyer.

Tracklist:

Odeko –  Tsundoku
Stanley – Rizatriptan
Monokle – Lagoon
Stanley – Fumes
SCNTST – Flight
Supra-céleste – Ensoleillé
Stanley – Claustrahalfcut
Stanley – Agassiii
Konx-Om-Pax – Oren’s Theme
Stanley – Hopeman4Flowers
Jacques Greene – You See All My Light (EDIT)
Letta – Everything
Frank Ocean – In Here Somewhere
Noctilucents – Run With Me

Thank you very much for recording the mix, really appreciate it!! But, for the uninitiated out there, tell us a little about yourself? And, how long have you been making music for?

My name is Jordan Russell-Hall but I write music under my middle name Stanley. I live in Edinburgh where I studied Music Performance at college. I’ve been in various different bands over the years but I’ve been writing electronic music on my own for about five years now and I’m only just starting to get my finger out and finally promote the music I write.

Tell me about the mix, what’s it about?

For this mix I’ve decided to throw together some of the electronic tracks that have really grabbed my attention recently and helped me take my mind off the pretty horrible bout of tinnitus I’ve been enduring as of late. A lot of the music in the mix is, for the most part, beat-less so it was a fun, new challenge to try blend these tracks together.

So describe the mix in three words?

‘mostly beat-less remedy’

What is your earliest memory of the club?

Realistically my earliest memory would probably be borrowing a friend’s ID to get into a crappy student night when I was 16 but my first proper club experience would have been going to Cabaret Voltaire on Tuesday’s for Hector’s House when I was 18. It was around the time I started getting into house music and they would pretty much play the same set each week so we knew exactly what was coming. It’s not really my cup of tea nowadays but I think we must have gone 6 weeks in a row that summer.

What was the last record you bought? And where is your favourite spot to by records?

I recently came back from London where I picked up a copy of “Rival Dealers” by Burial at Sister Ray. Browsing at Rough Trade East and Container was awesome too. Back home in Edinburgh my favourite would have to be Underground Solu’shn.

Send me a photo you took today.

What was the last book you read? And does literature influence your music at all?

I don’t read very often at all tbh. I promised my girlfriend I would read through the Harry Potter series but I’ve only managed the first one so far!

What is your favourite film score of all time?

‘Purple Rain’ by Prince and The Revolution if that counts.

What’s your favourite dish to cook?

I’ve been making a really nice Korean BBQ chicken and green pepper dish recently.

And finally, what you got planned for the rest of 2017?

I’ve been writing a lot of my own music recently and speaking to record labels about releasing it somehow. I should have my debut EP coming out this year in fact. It’s been pretty exciting so hopefully more of the same! Other than that I’ve started DJing at a local bar mostly playing Rap and R’n’B stuff and I’ve also got a few festival shows over the next few months with my band The Youth And Young.

 

** Out to the all the dogs out there. Stay cool. Stay hydrated.