Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke on soundtracking video games
12 January 2017
Glasgow born Ross Birchard, also known as Hudson Mohawke, was recently tapped by Ubi-Soft to soundtrack their open world hacking adventure Watch Dogs 2, which was released last year.
Birchard, who has provided beats for big names such as Drake and Kanye West and who cut his teeth making huge, bombastic hip hop instrumentals, jumped at the chance to get involved with making something slightly more subdued and experimental. He explained his process in an interview with Glixel:
“For every track I release, there are seven or eight that I don't release because I don't think they fit alongside these other songs, or maybe they're not "hits" within my sort of lane or genre. It actually felt like less pressure than making a record. [Ubisoft] really gave me a lot of creative freedom to experiment.”
In the interview Birchard, a true blue gamer himself, discusses how having a console in the studio can benefit his creative process, as well as listing some of his own personal all time favourite games.
Read the full interview here.