Perfectly in line with the current weather, Youniss Ahamad (aka Corrupted.) provides a vibe-y hour-long mix that’s – true to his eclectic musical upbringing – a perfect springtime soundtrack that effortlessly shifts from footwork to more heavy electronica.
Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started?
I started dabbling into music production in late 2012, but didn’t take it serious until I had my first ‘big’ gig in 2013. As a teen I spent most of my time in art school doing visual things but I felt as if that wasn’t enough to express myself. Getting into music was a natural course of action for expanding the way I could express myself. Being introduced to 20s jazz and blues by my grandfather and 80s and 90s r’nb by my mom really helped me develop my sound.
How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?
I’ve always wanted to play an instrument but my parents never wanted to put me through music school, as good instruments were expensive and we didn’t have that kind of money. So instead I spent my time drawing – which was free – and got into art school. This is where I got into contact with electronic music through friends who took me partying. After a few really cool parties I started thinking that I really want to do this, make music and play for crowds. That’s how I initially got into it. Now being in my early 20s, music is an instrumental part of my life that I wake up and go to bed with. I couldn’t imagine a life in which I don’t make music.
Being introduced to 20s jazz and blues by my grandfather and 80s and 90s r’nb by my mom really helped me develop my sound.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?
I’m currently in my semi-last year as a graphic design and digital media student in Antwerp. As I’ve mentioned earlier, visual media is just as important to me as music so I find it interesting to combine those.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
The mix interchanges between dark and light moods quite often, it varies from heavy to more mellow, dreamy to more melancholic. It’s a theme I often use in the presentation of my music. I’d suggest listening to this mix on a long drive or commute.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one?
There’s a lot of exclusive material in this mix. First up are a few of my own tracks that I produced for the champion sound beat battle, as well as a collaboration with my roommate Hexoto. There are about three new tracks in this mix by a really talented dude called Host from the UK who I met through friends when we released on the same compilation on Tsunami Bass Weight last year. There’s also a track on there by Ewol & Benji, two dudes from Australia. I met Ewol through the internet a few years ago and he crashed on my couch for a few days this summer after he visited Europe for Outlook festival.
When and where did you record it?
It was a warm sunny Sunday afternoon in my studio. I live in the Jewish neighbourhood in Antwerp and they were celebrating “Shushan Purim” (which to me seems like a version of Carnival as everyone is dressed up in costumes).
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Hard to pick one, but I really love the opening track of the mix ‘Deft – Blue Jasmin’.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
In no particular order: all of these albums are such a well written story instead of a collection (at least that’s how it feels) and I like story telling in music a lot. Aside from that these albums are really sonically pleasing: Thundercat – Drunk [Brainfeeder] , Sampha – Process [Young Turks] , Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Jardin [Stones Throw Records]
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
My internship in the webdesign world is coming to an end, and I have quite a few gigs lined up in Antwerp, Ghent and more. There will definitely be a lot of studio time planned in and I’ll be working on a video clip for a new song/project that I’m working on.