Arthur Valentine (a.k.a Luke Aston)’s creation of ‘Hausu’ has been a huge creative outlet, a musical outlet premised on living in a house and forging a studio with those he lives with, essentially making music a lifestyle.
Coincidentally, the set-up is ideal for the current scenario, a kind of hub that naturally not only survives, but thrives in a corona-hit world.
His latest single ‘Fruit Juice’ is the result of just such a setup. I caught up with him to talk all about it…
Can you tell me a little bit about your musical background, and how you got to launching your first singles?
I come from a very musical family, so music has always been a pretty big part of my life. I’ve been writing music and recording with my Hausu mates Jack (actualacid) and Drew (Automatic Blue) for years, but there was always something that kept us from releasing anything.
Looking back, I think we knew that the music we were originally making wasn’t exactly the vibe we were going for. It wasn’t until I recorded Selfish that I think we gained the confidence to start putting the music out into the world. We definitely took our time, only putting out two singles last year, but it was always my intention to ramp it up in terms of releases this year.
What’s the story with Fruit Juice, and what kind of introduction are you hoping it will be for you, alongside your earlier tracks?
Fruit Juice is a track that was born out of quarantine. It happened one night when I couldn’t sleep, I went into the studio and started working on a completely different song. The track I was working on was very heavy and sombre, and working on it felt a bit overwhelming given the climate at the time.
I started thinking that I’d love to make a more upbeat, optimistic track. I started looking through old beats that Jack had made for the Arthur Valentine project and found the outline of the beat that would later become Fruit Juice. I laid down guitar, bass and some vocal melodies and lyric ideas that night at about 4am.
I showed it to the lads the next morning and they were hyped, so we just tore into it from there. The track was finished about a week or two later. In terms of how people react to the Fruit Juice – making the song acted as a form of catharsis for me, an escape from quarantine. I guess I’d like people who hear it to feel something similar.