Eric Scott, aka NAUGHT, formerly Hugh Mann, is an electronic music composer originating from Salt Lake City, Utah. He has lived in France and has permanent resident status in New Zealand, but he’ll say that he spent some of his most formative years in Brooklyn in the area surrounding McGolrick Park, and is where he resides today.
NAUGHT’s musical storytelling is not easy to classify into any single genre. His five LP’s’ pull heavily from classical and jazz; a strong influence from all divisions of electronica come from his years spent as a DJ; many of his sounds are recorded from nature, everyday household items and power tools, which sit seamlessly in dense mixes along side traditional orchestral instruments, 808s and lush synths. It’s the kind of sound that can only come from an innate mania, an extensive catalog of the musical canon and willingness to constantly experiment.
Emotionally complex, no song in his repertoire will leave you with one specific feeling. The tracks often split between elation and melancholy, which twists the listener’s mood toward the sublime. “Life is never one thing, it never has only one dimension or any sort of straightforwardness. So music should avoid portraying the single and strive to portray something singular,” says NAUGHT. He approaches every song in the same manner, “I have some conflict going on in my brain that I would like to come to terms with. Next, I find some sounds that I like and then I relentlessly bang the two together until I learn something.”