The greatest artists are selfless artists. They create work, not only as a means of freedom of expression, but which also contribute to society as a whole. Edmonton’s Andrew Williams, known to the music community as Dunmore Park is without a doubt one of those artists. Along with creating incredibly unique works of sound, Dunmore Park is also the Co-Founder of Edmonton’s first electronic music production school, Night Vision Music Academy, and Western Canada’s first electronic-based music convention, the Alberta Electronic Music Conference. His contribution to the scene has been seemingly instrumental (ahhhh…) With a fresh new EP titled ‘At Midnight’, Dunmore Park gives fans much to look forward to. We are thrilled to present the Canadian talent here today, as he serves up the latest episode in the Godzilla Disco Podcast series!
This mix is kind of like a movie soundtrack. It has lots of dramatic moments and tells a little story throughout.
Can you explain the significance behind your moniker, Dunmore Park?
Dunmore Park is a partially restored ruin in Scotland that I find particularly beautiful. It’s a location that mixes restored, old-world decadence, and serene natural landscape. For my music, I tend to take musical ideas from the past and/or nature and then reinterpret them in a modern way. So when I found Dunmore Park, it became a symbol of my sound. It also played a big roll in the visual side of the project, as I use a very textured blend of natural and man-made imagery.
I think schools like our’s are vital for Canada’s electronic music scene… they’re like incubators for creativity and collaboration.
You started Night Vision Music Academy, Edmonton’s first electronic music production school. Do you teach any of the classes at the school? And if so, how have you found instructing others in music production?
I’m one of a few co-founders of the school and I’m not a music production instructor, but rather a DJ instructor and I handle our operations, workshop booking, finances, etc. Our head instructor is an amazing producer named Adam Johan, and I’ve personally taken all of our courses (which is how I learned how to produce music!)
It’s been an amazing journey to be part of the school. I think schools like our’s are vital for Canada’s electronic music scene to help develop its talent. They’re like incubators for creativity and collaboration.
You’re also responsible for the Alberta Electronic Music Conference, western Canada’s first large-scale electronic music convention. What made you decide that an event like this was important to organize in Alberta?
My co-founders (Isis Graham, Matt Carter) and I believe that in order for the scene to move forward, we needed to create a space where experienced producers and DJs can share their knowledge with each other and the next generation of artists. Alberta’s electronic music scene is experiencing something of a renaissance right now, and we thought it would be great time to bring everyone together for a weekend of discussion and partying. We’re very happy with how the 2016 event went and our 2017 event is scheduled for late November.
I think you’re going to see a lot more artists breaking out from Edmonton in the near future.
Can you tell us more about the electronic scene in Edmonton?
It’s surprisingly vibrant and immensely collaborative. In most cities, promoters, DJs, and clubs tend to have an adversarial relationship. Not so much in Edmonton. Over here we’re all sharing our event calendars and collaborating on shows. A lot of unique venues have opened up recently and just in general, it feels like there is a lot of optimism and choice in the scene right now. I think you’re going to see a lot more artists breaking out from Edmonton in the near future.
You have a brand new EP, which just came out on Substation Recordings called “At Midnight”. Out of the 4-track release, on which track did you step the most out of your comfort zone?
Definitely “The Forest”. It’s a song inspired by haunting, classical, melodies and I had the most trouble with its writing and production. It’s the most melodically complex tune on the EP and because of that, the arrangement took quite a while to get right.
Finally, we’re very excited to have you featured in this month’s Godzilla Disco Podcast. Can you talk a bit about the music, mood, etc. that inspired you on this particular mix?
This mix is kind of like a movie soundtrack. It has lots of dramatic moments and tells a little story throughout. I’ve included many songs that are not designed for the club, but rather because they showcase interesting or beautiful musical ideas. It begins with my favourite song at the moment, an incredible piano piece by the Grandbrothers, and ends with the latest release by Nick Garcia on Night Vision Music.
Massive thank-you to Dunmore Park for taking the time to speak with us and for curating this episode of the Godzilla Disco Podcast series!