Early 2019 saw the release of more exceptional new music from Catching Flies, this time in the form of a unique collaboration with legendary UK Grime MC Trim which has been one of our favourite tracks of his to date. We caught up with the London-based producer to find out a little more about him via some quick-fire questions.

Catching Flies’ music draws from a wide-range of influences including jazz, soul, hip-hop, house and electronica and has previously seen him handpicked by Bonobo to provide support on his World Tour. Having gathered tens of millions of streams and the support of Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac, Lauren Laverne, Julie Adenuga & more, he has recently released one of our favourite tracks so far, this time in the form of a unique collaboration with legendary UK Grime MC Trim.

‘The Light’ is highly textured, deeply melodic and effortlessly marries live instrumentation (guitars, harps, a string quartet) with warm electronics… providing a fitting backdrop to what may be Trim’s most vulnerable and soul-bearing verses to date. The release is accompanied by a music video, directed by Greg Barnes, who has recently directed videos for the likes of Henry Wu/Kamaal Williams and Poppy Ajudha.

Speaking on the video, Greg explains: ‘The track was dreamlike and somehow sobering all at once – I knew I wanted to bring that hauntingly powerful mix into the video.  Trim’s lyrics are a soulful reminiscing of his youth;full of nostalgia, regrets and hindsight – written with the wisdom of someone beyond their years – who has lived life. I wanted to personify that wisdom, and depict Trim as an elderly version of himself, played by an older actor. From there, the image of an ageing and lonely MC began to apparate; melancholic and gnarled, navigating the world of his youth – ghost-like in his invisibility but visually sticking out like a sore thumb, a metaphor for the immortality we feel when we’re younger – and the mortality we didn’t plan for…’

We caught up with the London-based producer to find out a little more about him via some quick-fire questions.

Three words to describe our/my music
Heavy death metal

Last photo on your phone…
A cactus

Favourite instagram account…
@somewheremagazine

The best venue I’ve played…
The Barbican

Earliest song you remember…
Errol Garner – Misty

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Serving a canapé to Boris Johnson

Favourite food on tour…
Anything with vegetables in

My Favourite word…
Vegetables

Things that cheer me up…
Vegetables

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Underwater in the Great Barrier Reef

I think you should listen to…
Can I cheat and have two?! On repeat at the moment are… Skee Mask – Rev8617 and Leon Ware – Why I Came to California

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Alice Coltrane

‘The Light’ is out now.