Amherst is one of Disco’s most prolific members on Twitter. We’re not kidding. Besides coming out with some of the best tweets we’ve ever seen, Amherst produces some awesome and top notch Disco House/Future Funk music. With collaborations, featuring Tendencies and the Future Society Collective – You’ll mostly likely see why he’s the talk of the town.
FS: Howdy folks! We’ve managed to grab a chat with Amherst, to talk about his music and maybe even some other interesting topics?
Firstly though, for everyone who has no idea – Can you explain what your name Amherst actually means?
AM: I took it from this song, by one of my favorite bands! Like the vast majority of names, it doesn’t mean anything. I just thought it sounded better than Jesse Hall, which was the only other name I had previously.
FS: Was creating music always something you wanted to do? Or did you stumble across it somehow?
AM: I’ve always had an interest in “making stuff” to some extent, when I was a little kid used to run around with a camera all the time making dumb movies. My parents put me in piano lessons when I was probably 10 or so and I started writing music shortly after that.
FS: It’s always nice to see parents giving a helping hand in musician’s childhoods.
What DAW do you use to produce?
FS: Your last track that you released was Little Caesars In Retrograde on the Future Society Collective.
How much do you think that Future Society has helped you in the way as progressing as a musician?
AM: Future Society is a great supportive little community! Everybody there is always happy to offer feedback on a track or offer skills they might have like making album art, helping you figure out how to make merch, whatever. I don’t spend as much time hanging around their social circle as other affiliated artists do but I still love em!
FS: Do you believe that musical releases on cassette tapes have more of a mainstay now compared to what they did in the past 10 years?
AM: There have always been people putting out music on cassettes, but there’s definitely more people who are interested in buying cassettes now than there were 10 years ago. It’s cool, because you can put out a really professional cassette release really inexpensively. It gives people want to start a label or self release their music a way to put out physicals affordably. I think if you’re really serious about putting out music they’re best as a starting point rather than anything else though, you can’t really sustain a label forever with cassettes if you want it to be anything more than a hobby.
FS: Some strong words there, Amherst.
Lastly, what are your predictions on what’s going to happen in 2017?
AM: Strangers are gonna give me money for no reason and then they’re all gonna hug and kiss me, I’m gonna get verified on twitter and my sons will finally respect me.
FS: Very funny! We reckon you’ll at least get verified on Twitter.
Check out Amherst’s socials and recent tracks below: