London based Genre-melding artist and producer Joel Wells has a deep authenticity at the core of his vocal, which he uses to seamlessly weave a thread between his varied influences, dance-floor sensibilities and alt-pop song craft. We caught up with him to find out a little about what does (and doesn’t) make him tick.

Filtered through his own idiosyncratic lens, Joel Wells uses samplers, drum machines, analog synthesis and field recordings to create his own unique palette of sound; Often employing the sequencing and micro-tuning facilities that electronic music accommodates to assimilate and distort the tonality of acoustic instrumentation and tuned percussion.

The video for his most recent single, ‘Hard Up’, is based on giving glimpses into the world of perfect strangers, lifting them from their environment momentarily and pondering the relationships and connections between all of us, highlighting our inherent humanity and vulnerability, as opposed to the differences and fear portrayed within mainstream media.

Joel commented on the track “‘Hard Up’ was borne out of my frustration with the disenfranchisement of a large proportion of British society, living through austerity. Constantly being pummelled with narrow bandwidth clickbait propaganda, which is riddled with divisive rhetoric, designed to provoke extreme emotional reactions. This type of persuasive fear mongering often elicits knee jerk responses, which are being inherited by a younger generation.”

We caught up with Joel to find out a little more about what does (and doesn’t) make him tick…

Three words to describe my music…
Rhythmic, Vocal, Alt-Pop.

Last photo on your phone…
The shadows cast onto my living room wall, from the trees outside the window.

Favourite instagram account…
@powcademy.tv

The best venue I’ve played…
St Pancras Old Church, London.

Earliest song you remember…
Michael Jackson – Don’t stop til you get enough.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
‘Lloyds Bank’ Debt collecting department.

Favourite food on tour…
Currywurst.

My Favourite word…
Tumultuous.

Things that cheer me up…
A shiny new/old synth.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
dekmantel festival.

I think you should listen to… 
Ryuichi Sakamoto.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Grace Jones.

‘Hard Up’ is out now.