Singaporean DJ-producer MYRNE on his debut album In Search of Solitude: "Atmospheric, energetic, and electronica emotion"
Holding his own
I caught up with Singaporean DJ and producer Manfred Lim — better known as MYRNE — to chat about his debut album, In Search of Solitude, which dropped on 4 October. He started out his producing career at just 17. These days, the classically trained pianist still lives a double life, as a final-year student studying Political Science at Singapore Management University. This hasn't impacted his international music career by any means. In 2018, he played at massive global festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Miami.
He kicked off 2019 with a multi-record deal with Ultra Records. This month, he released his debut album, In Search of Solitude. Find out more about the album, and where he will touring this October.
The album name is "In Search of Solitude". What does this mean to you?
I chose this name, because I wanted to write a record about finding myself. For a long time, I've been writing music for other people including DJs to play at festivals for these big radio shows. I was never fully satisfied, so I definitely wanted to make something of my own.
Which is your favourite track on the album?
My favourite track by far is "Worlds Away". The moment I wrote the song, I wanted it to come out immediately. That's why I chose it as the first single off the album. My second favourite is "Another Life". I made the song by creating over 20 different patches on a synth, and I just went on recording. I didn't stop to change anything or look back.
You were signed to Ultra records earlier this year. How has life changed?
I don't think that my life has changed in any significant aspect. When it comes to making music, they have been very helpful. They have resources, so they've put me in contact with artistes who I really like and studios to work in. Most of all, it felt like a recognition of my work, and it was good to know that I'm on the right path.
You held your album launch party at Zouk. Was this venue an influence on your sound?
Zouk Singapore has brought in many international acts and put them in touch with an audience that isn't really familiar with their sound. I was one of the club kids who went there regularly. My first show as MYRNE in Singapore was held there in 2015 too.
How would you describe your sound?
I am not 100 per cent sure of what I sound like, or what I want to sound like. This album sounds atmospheric, energetic, and electronically emotional.
What's next for MYRNE?
I will be going on tour for a little bit. I will be playing shows in San Francisco and Seattle. I will also be joining my friend, Manila Killa, on tour for about six shows. It's going to be a busy month ahead and I'm looking forward to all the shows that we've planned.
Listen to In Search of Solitude on Apple Music and all other digital music streaming platforms now.
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