Brian Eno on Fred Again’s “non-linear” musical style: “I didn’t really understand a lot of what he was doing”

The producer also claims that mentoring Fred Again changed the way that he listened to music.

Brian Eno and Fred Again

Eno Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty
Fred Again Image: Kieran Frost/Getty

British music technology legend Brian Eno explains the impact Fred Again has on his songwriting style, saying that his time mentoring the now-renowned producer has made him perceive music in a new way.

Eno discussed Fred Again’s approach to composing in a new interview with Apple Music on Wednesday (26 October). “When I first worked with Fred I could see he was brilliant,” Eno said. “It took me quite a while to think ‘Oh my gosh, this is really a new idea about how you can make music. So I learnt a lot from him.”

According to Eno, Fred Again takes a unique approach to making music that yields “non-linear” creations: “What I noticed with Fred is that he would start something, and he wouldn’t turn it into a loop that’s going to run through the whole track.”

“He’d just have it running for a tiny little bit and then he’d put something else there! [His pieces] are  very non-linear; he doesn’t clean everything off, so in every piece of recording, there’s a sort of context that comes with it as well. The sound has a history built into it.”

Find the full interview below:

Fred Again’s upcoming album Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022) is due to be released tomorrow (28 October).  This month, the producer has shared a number of tracks from the upcoming record, the latest being Delilah (pull me out of this).

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