What inspires your music?
I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, namely fashion, art, music, film, video games, experiences, and nature. I respond to artistic work like the photography of Sean Mundy, Spiritualist and Religious art, like Augustin Lesage and Greek Orthodox Painting, and the large-scale interactive installations of Ann Hamilton. I am currently fascinated with 3D design. My creativity stems from the desire to create an encompassing world/environment through sound.
When did you start making music?
I began my musical journey as a 4-year-old when I started taking piano lessons. From there I began violin lessons at 6, picked up guitar at around age 10, and drums at 16. I downloaded Mixcraft when I was around 14 or 15 and experimented with electronic music all through high school, slowly learning and building my skills in that time.
Artists who inspire you, and why?
I’m indebted to a multitude of artists and movements in electronic music as well as in other genres for inspiring me: MJ Cole, for my introduction into the 90′s underground UK garage scene, Burial for his rich, dark, and organic compositions, Bjork for her unique blend of trip hop, jazz, and gorgeous vocal performance, Massive Attack for their moody and brooding trip hop and vocal work, Radiohead and Thom Yorke for their absolute dedication to their art, and of course, the composers Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saens for creating unparallelled soundscapes. I’d also like to thank my friends Nathaniel Young and Warren Mattox (the Blankstairs crew), as well as YIOTA for being a huge inspiration to me.
What do you use to make music, and what is the process like?
I use Ableton Live, a Yamaha portasound PSS-11 keyboard, my phone, electric and acoustic guitar, violin, and piano (when I can find one), as well as sampling records with my turntable. I will usually begin with an underlying sample, whether that be an orchestral piece, insect noises, or vocal manipulation, and build on it from there, adding drum parts, bass, and melody lines. I will then go back in and add subtleties and complexities, recording vocals, violin parts, and percussion. However, the process varies with every song.
What sort of plan or vision do you have for your music in the future?
My plan is to continue to improve my production skills, get acquainted with performing live, and make steps toward to creating deep, complex and conceptual work. I aspire to be intimately involved in the whole creative process and ultimately incorporate visual elements into my work, like art pieces and motion graphics. My dream would be able to perform with a live orchestra and create a visual and auditory interactive environment with the audience. Making music for film is an aspiration of mine as well. Also, physical releases!|
auteurist – untime
out October 8th on MB