It feels like Sim Hutchins has come out of nowhere, and in a relatively short space of time has made some lasting ripples in the London art house music crossover scene. Signing with established indie imprint NO PAIN IN POP earlier this year he’s already released his debut album, featured on their renowned Bedroom Club compilations, had an entry accepted in the London Short Film Festival and remixed label-pal Throwing Shade.
Zeroes and Ones took some time to catch up with the rural Essex cross-media artists to ask some of the questions that have arisen off the back of listening to his acclaimed debut (and bizarrely named) I Enjoy to Sweep a Room. Here’s what went down.
Zeros and Ones: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Sim, formalities out the way first, for those who don’t know, can you introduce yourself a little?
Sim Hutchins: I’m a audio-visual artist from the UK. I have released music on London’s No Pain In Pop and Berlin’s Ecology Tapes. I play a monthly show on London’s Radar radio (with Sully & Klaar). You can see my visual work on Youtube, and at LSFF’s ‘Experiments: Leftfield and Luscious’ on January 10th.
ZO: I Enjoy to Sweep a Room has been making waves since its release. Is it a concept album and what’s it all about?
SH: It’s less a concept album, more an addressing of the cause and effect of self destruction, and the implications of that lifestyle. It follows an evolution into post-nihilism, insofar that there are parts that set to resolve to let go of introversion, of letting go of contemptuous feelings with regards to life, of realizing that by destroying yourself, the centre of the universe (you) will cease to exist. It’s less ‘nothing matters’ more ‘what does it matter?’.
ZO: I personally groan at the task of naming tracks, but it seems like you’ve taken quite a bit of pride in it. Did the track titles and themes come first or are they named retrospectively?
SH: I think a mixture, but each title is designed to convey a certain image or message to the listener. I think track titles are an overlooked medium of expression, they’re a way to provide imagery in a sense. I notice I get more plays on Soundcloud with the more out-there ones, so there must be something to it that piques people’s interest.