Yesterday Subsidia started 2021 with their Dawn: Vol. 2 compilation with 18 beautifully melodic and devilishly heavy bass songs. At the top of the compilation was Whales & Excision with RIELL with their new track “The Last Time”.
We met Whales to ask him some questions about the route and what he has in store for the coming year.
Working with Excision is on many artist bucket lists – was it the same for you? How did you feel when you had the opportunity?
In all honesty, it felt surreal. I am also the first Middle East (Israel) artist that he worked with. I felt very happy and fortunate that I had the chance to create a work of art with him and now see how his amazing community react. It makes me happy to make so many people happy.
When I first realized I had the opportunity, I started about 12 demos in the first 48 hours. I was so excited.
RIELL isn’t a name I know, but she’s released with a huge number of artists, 24 tracks in 2020 alone. How did you connect with her?
I’ve been writing a lot more vocal-oriented music lately and I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of really amazing singers. The first time I heard Riell’s voice was when we started The Last Time. I immediately fell in love with her singing. They really made this song what it is. She is a very talented and hardworking singer-songwriter!
More voice-focused music?
Is there anything you do differently when you’re producing something as melodic as something heavy? Even like drinking tea for coffee, changing the light in your room or whatever you have.
Melodic music is what I usually hear. It’s the beginning of my career as a Sex Whales, and my fingerprint is really all about it. 2020 was a lot about heavy music and touring (which got cut in the middle due to COVID-19) but once I was taken out of the live show environment I started to focus more on what felt most natural . Which is all kinds of melody and pop music.
When I write heavier stuff, I try to put myself in the perspective of someone on the dance floor, but with melodic songs it’s pure emotion.
What can we expect from whales in the rest of 2021?
I learned so much last year about what I really want to do, and I’ve made hundreds of songs in a ton of different styles.
2021 looks really exciting! I’ll be on Annie’s show on BBC Radio One later this month (January 20th). I’m putting the finishing touches on my first album that I can’t wait to share with everyone. I’m not sure if I should mention this so I won’t say anything else.