Hey Chuck, how are you doing?
Well, hey, hey. Not too bad. Breathing. Writing. Could certainly be worse! Thanks for the interview!
And thanks to you for the invitation!
So, for the people not knowing anything about you yet, describe who you are in exactly 10 words! Go …
Oof 10 words. I think we both know I like to talk so this will prove interesting. Ny Based Experimental Electronic Musician Whose Been Doing This Forever
Let’s go straight to the point: If a random listener had only time to pick up one song on your EP, which one should it be and why?
Good question. I’m not one to say, “I don’t have a favorite,’ or, ‘I can’t pick.’ There’s always a leader among the pack as far as that goes and for this effort, hands-down, I’m going with ‘Bunny’, the first single. There’s no denying it’s whacked out. It transitions arbitrarily but somehow continues to have a flow to it. The fact it stretches so far out and reels back in easily at the same time is probably why it wins.
What is your favorite part in this whole process? Playing, writing music, PR strategy...?
It’s funny. When I first was injured to a point where drumming was no longer going to be occurring I had a shit load of time on my hands. With that time, and in between Percocet, I found an interest in understanding the industry I so desperately sought inclusion with. Became fairly decent at Marketing thanks to it, and definitely see behind the curtain to understand, realistically, what this game is all about.
That said, I hate all of that shit. I may have found an affinity for it, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing it. It’s tedious as hell. In an ideal World, I’d be happy to pass that BS work to a manager because it should always, always be about the MUSIC!!!
I totally get you here man! Managing the whole process can be really tiring, but at the end, you know exactly where you invest your money. And if you don’t get the right results, then you can only get mad at you for not pushing enough, right? ;)
Yes, exactly and for that reason me and me don't get along swimmingly.
What are you next investing your time in musically and why?
Ooh, you slick - - Never sharing shit with you again! The answer relies on if I tell you or not.. . . Eh, fine, here we go -
At a point after releasing the predecessor to Heavy Metal dust Bunny Cynicism, Small World, I myself grew sick of the dour nature of the songs and frequently being associated with the anxiety and paranoia contained in this LP.
So how to differentiate? The only reasonable path away from this theme, what I call, the Road to becoming Dashboard Confessional, is to slam the brakes until you can pull a full 180. What’s the 180 to whatever the hell Small World was? I think that one’s pretty clear - happiness. Throughout the creation of the new EP, I had to keep this thought at the forefront all times.
Did I reach my goal? Not sure because the natural way in which I approach creating music always tends towards darker melodies. Aside from this whacky notion of a ‘happy’ album I wanted to explore something a little more relaxed. The two intertwined in the form of five solid tracks, entirely written via Softsynth. This is somewhat Atypical. There’s always an odd bond of mechanical industrialism and fluttering MIDI until an even middle ground is reached.
It seems only natural that the follow-up to an entirely Softsynth EP, would be to release another within the same thematic vein which is all hardware. That is the truly hard shit. Writing a ‘happy’ ep on all hardware? Wish me luck . . .
Good luck, Pal! Aye, I’m not doubting for one second that you’re gonna go through a very rich and interesting process on your next release. Go get them all my friend.
You like random?... Because I know I do and you’re in my world now! So, please share 6 facts we don’t know about you?
Six? Jesus you Europeans are fucking over achievers, okay -
I did in fact begin College for a degree in Music but actually graduated with my Bachelor’s in Cinema Production.
I cannot play any sort of wind instrument for the life of me. It’s not exactly a breathing/lung issue, as it is embouchure. Could never make that shape with my mouth.
I was actually a pretty damn good Baseball player as a kid. Played for ten years, until I saw just how serious everyone began to take a silly game.
I flipped a car on it’s top one time, on the way to a Nine Inch Nails concert. The County Police took the car … somewhere. But, the important part was that we still made the show - with plenty of time.
My medical marijuana dispensary is next to the local kids’ theme park, where I found myself in trouble as a teen frequently.
And this one, don’t hate me - I’m actually - SHHHHHH - I’m not much a fan of Electronic music. I appreciate good music regardless of genre, but I find my own preferences don’t typically go in the direction of Electronic.
Dude, you know that my heart belongs to heavy music, so I can’t be mad at you for not being much a fan of electronic music ;)
It's not your judgement I fear but find it important folks know Strummer will always outrank them and there ain't shit to be done about it.
How did you write this EP, can you share the story behind it and your process?
This will actually be the easiest question of the interview, believe it or not. My main strong suit as a multi-instrumentalist is a decent knowledge of Theory. Theoretically I could play any instrument. I just have no chops for the majority of them hah. Piano is an instrument I will ever stretch beyond Amateur-At-Best status. But, I get how they work. Just have giant meat hands with no reach.
So why the fuck did I just explain all that ^^ I got somewhat deep into the Arturia V7 Collection one day and there was no removing my laptop from my person a few weeks as I messed in piano roll. Ultimately, I looked at the amount of material I’d rather not put in the trash bin and I'll be damned if there wasn’t enough to forge ahead with the idea of the EP. Without allowing myself the chance to mull it over too long, I zipped up the stems to send to Audio Engineer Extraordinaire, Dan Fur. And, now, here we sit haha.