Anthony Child answers your questions.
Anthony Child, the artist better known as Surgeon, is up next in our Ask the Experts series, following on from Recondite, whose answers we just published. Moby and Daedelus’ responses will drop imminently.
Since the 1990s, Anthony Child has established himself as one of the most consistent and pivotal electronic music producers. His releases have made him not only a key contributor to the legacies of touchstone labels Tresor and Downwards, but also a prized collaborator; his British Murder Boys duo with Regis has capitalized on both producers’ natural intensity to great effect.
Child’s is a tough techno sound with an industrial murk about it but also plenty of funk, swing, and a sophisticated sense of dub-space learned in part from his Chain Reaction contemporaries in Berlin. Outside of techno, Child’s work under his own name has shown him to have a masterful knowledge of the intimate qualities of drone and atmospheric sound. Further evidence of Child’s production skills can be seen on his impressive list of remixes.
Child’s new full-length, Luminosity Device, is his first album under the Surgeon moniker since 2016’s From Farthest Known Objects. It is intended as a deeply personal, bold confrontation of death and loss, and intends to show how immersive creative practices can build the resilience necessary to understand the death process as just another “intermediate state” in a continuum of eternal transition.
As a DJ, Surgeon sets are notable for experimentation with new DJ technologies, embracing cutting-edge hardware, increasingly blurring the line between a DJ set and a live performance.
Whether it be playing live, DJing, production, or just about anything else, all questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Surgeon” as the subject line. We’ll pass them along to Child who will then select his favorites, and soon we’ll publish his answers.