Irish Japanophile Harmful Logic comes through with banger full of Eastern promise for the Don’t Mix That series, aided by the one and only King Huff.
Tell us a little about yourself….where did the name ’Harmful Logic’ come from?
Im a 21 year old IT Student from Drogheda in Ireland. I started producing around late 2011- early 2012 just messing around at the start, I didn’t think anything would come from it until I decided to send a EP I had lying on my laptop for few months to a Mexican label that I was a fan of called PIRA.MD and they took the chance on me and i have been apart of that label ever since, more recently I also joined the labels Senzu and Magic Yume and look forward to working with them as well. I also run a collective called Tsundere Fan Club Worldwide which started off as a joke tweet but then I decided to create it! It currently has 7 members apart of it including Silkersoft and Drip Drop and I have plans to make it into a label in the near future. The name Harmful Logic came from a These New Puritans song, the lyrics “Harmful Logic” always stood out to me so I decided to use it for the project.
For anyone who doesn’t know, tell them about Tsundere Fan Club…
Well its basically a producer fan club/collective for people thats into tsundere anime characters. For the people that don’t know, a tsundere is someone that is hostile and cold to someone before gradually showing their loving warm side to that person. I started the group back in October just to have a place that I could get a few of my Internet friends in one collective. I have been pretty busy lately so haven’t been putting the time and effort into it, which I would have wanted but I hope to push it forward and pick up a few new members soon and hopefully we can all work together to make it the best we can to create something to be proud of.
What’s the music scene like in Ireland? I’d say your style is very eastern-sounding, can you tell me a little bit more about your style and your influences?
I’m pretty close to Dublin where the music scene is in a very good state right now. There are always interesting acts playing there. Locally in the town of Drogheda of course the scene isn’t as good because its a a town of 30,000 people but there’s a group of people who have worked hard to create a scene in the town, bringing the likes of Prosumer and Blawan over to play in the last few years. I would say my style is downtempo ambient music with a major influence from Japanese pop culture and old video games. There is definitely eastern influence because my love for Japan really creeps into my music. One of my major influences is Burial, the ambience of his songs just create a feeling that no one else can. My other influences include Friendzone and Mount Kimbie.
How did you come about + why do you explore Japanese pop culture / video games?
Over the last few years I just really enjoyed J-Pop and Anime, I discovered them mostly from the Internet which really helped me explore. Of course I had a general interest of anime since my youth like a lot of people. I find myself spending a lot of my free time watching anime and its become a bit of an obsession. Video games have always been a big part of my life ever since I got a Sega Megadrive when I was young. I spent a lot of my childhood playing them and still do.
Any producers / djs you are championing at the moment?
Right now I’m listening to Silk Road Assassins, bine and Fifty Grand and also at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Grime, the likes of Murlo, Strict Face and Shriekin’ are killing it right now. So many other great acts I could mention but I would be here all day.
If you could meet any musician dead or alive who would you meet + why?
I want to met Lil B just for the sole reason I want to see someone that based in person, that’s something you could tell the grandkids about.
If you were on death row, what would your last meal and convicted crime be?
My last meal would probably be spaghetti carbonara, its by far the best meal ever and if anyone tells you otherwise they are lying. And my crime would be smuggling in a large quantity of carbonara sauce into the country.
Famous last words?
Shoutouts to the PIRA.MD Records, Magic Yume, Senzu Collective, Legion Of Doom and Tsundere Fan Club Worldwide and everyone who has supported me in any way. Also shout to anime for helping me to waste half of my life.
Artwork + interview: Ryan Huff