Structure 035 – Forest Management


Ahead of his forthcoming album John Daniel aka Forest Management takes the reins for the latest instalment of the SFS mixes series.

The Chicago based producer makes some of my favourite ambient soundscapes out there so I was super stoked when he agreed to put together a mix for my humble little blog. Like all good ambient music, his productions create a space, an environment to exist in, it surrounds you, it comforts you, it’s cinematic, it’s nostalgic and future facing all at the same. Watch a video shot by Forest Management for the track ‘Flying Through the Night‘ below.

Daniel’s mix didn’t disappoint, it provided some much-needed solace after a stressful couple of weeks. You can stream the mix, and read my q&a with Daniel below.

Forest Management’s forthcoming album ‘21st Century Man‘ drops on August 17th via Terrible Cloud Records.


Thank you so much for recording the mix, really appreciate it! For the uninitiated out there, introduce yourself?

Thanks for having me. I’m John – I’m 29 and I live in Chicago. I make music as Forest Management.

Tell us a little about the mix. Did anything influence you while recording it?

I mostly wanted to make something on the fly, and be honest in the process – the last few mixes I’ve done were more dance-floor oriented, I guess.. so just returning to that free-flowing sharing of what I’ve been listening to. This mix contains stuff from new friends and people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this past year. Also, a songwriter I have a lot of respect for named Dave Bixby.

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

‘Geotope’ by Sendai. My favourite record store in Chicago (by a long shot) is Gramaphone, over on Clark street. They take good care.

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

Bluets by Maggie Nelson. Reading hasn’t really happened this Summer, unfortunately. I also normally don’t see literature as an influence in the music, though I love to write.

I’ve become really obsessed with film scores. I feel your productions have a real cinematic quality. Is that intentional?

Film is really important and influential to me, yeah. If I wasn’t doing music I’d be trying to make films. I was actually about to move to New York in 2016 to pursue a career in the film industry but didn’t quite feel like it was time. I’m glad I didn’t jump in just yet (because it brought me to Chicago), but that’s definitely something I sense coming ahead.

Tell us a little about your forthcoming record, ’21st Century Man’?

It’s my first record in almost four years, and it’s probably the most I’ve tried to “say” with an ambient record. I want to let people hear it before I talk about it at all, though. It’s definitely my Chicago record. I made my first record Encounter at my parents home in Cleveland. A lot has changed in the last four years.

Most of it came together in one afternoon after I took a photo. It’s a really sad record to me.

And finally, what’s next for Forest Management?

Right now I’m finishing booking a tour in Europe for next month, I’ll be there for a couple weeks with my bud Andrew Kirschner from Cleveland. First stop is Reykjavik, which I’m especially excited for.. never been to Iceland. When I get home I’ll be travelling out to some parts of the US I haven’t been to yet. Other than that I’m finishing some splits with buds No Dreams, Slow Tongued Beauty, and Network Glass. My third LP is actually completed and should be released at the start of 2019.


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