What's funny is for the year we've been online pals, I can't say I know a whole hell of a lot about your music background. How'd it come to consume you, as it is known to do? Did you play in school band? Friends had bands?
I’ve always loved music but It really started to consume me once I started going to shows. I went to my first festival in 2009 with my friends from high school and the rest is history. Music has totally consumed me :).
What's your native instrument? I know these days your weapon of choice is most likely Ableton, but what got you started way way back?
My first instrument was a classical guitar, I seriously loved that thing! I later moved onto an electric and then dabbled in some piano.
What was your aim with “We Keep it Inside”? Overarching themes, messages you tried to get across, sonic challenges?
It represents the feelings, thoughts, battles that each of us have but generally keep inside. Suppressing, avoiding or just not wanting to bother people with how we feel. There’s a song or two in there about overcoming this.
What spoke to you about the first single, Danger US, that made you say, "This is the one. This is my best foot being put forward for this EP?
I wouldn’t say it’s my “best”, they’re all too different for me to feel that way. But, I almost gave up on “Danger Us”, I almost accepted that there would only be 4 songs on the EP. I’m stubborn and I refused to give up so I spent 3 days doing nothing else but focusing on finishing that song. It’s now one of my favorites, I’m insanely proud.
What specifically draws you to the style I'd most commonly and simply call Electronic?
When I was really young I watched “Blade” with my parents and I’ll never forget that club scene with the song “Confusion” playing in the background. It was the first time I had heard anything electronic and I was hooked. When I think about it, I can really hear its influence in my music. Once I started raving it was all uphill from there..
I sometimes have a tendency of stampeding through my questions, but I'm interested to see if there's anything you wanted mentioned that I've not asked? Lay it on me, Sister!
I’m really really proud at the fact that I did all of this on my own. Besides the artwork and the collaborations I have on the EP, everything was done by me :). From arranging to mixing and mastering. Hearing my progress was mind blowing and actually made me tear up, consistency and hard work go a lonnggg way.
Where might I be surprised to find that you yourself played the live instrument heard in any given track off "We Keep It Inside?"
No live Instruments from me, yet….BUT you will hear my voice so I guess that’s an instrument? Haha :)
My completely illegitimate press credentials, which do not exist whatsoever, enabled me the special privilege of a sneak peek listen to Torment. Now, you didn't give me much to work with, but you have intrigued me! Just as delightful! I hear a very lush sound incorporated to the mix. What can you say attributed to this full sound which also contains so much airy-ness? Sort of like Dream Pop / Shoegaze?
Hahah I’m sorry about that, I like to be very secretive sometimes! Lots of layering and reverb haha!! :) I think I used about 5 or 6 different instruments for the lead, I layered them and manipulated their volumes accordingly.
Were you attempting to go 'space-y' on Torment? Or, it's a happy accident that fits in your canon as a logical progression?
I generally go for the heavier, more hard hitting side of electronic music but I really wanted one song in there to kind of chill things out. Something that reminds me of the long drive home after shows at 4am, while also incorporating meaning into it. Also people love my song Sonically Induced, I wanted to bring a similar vibe to this EP.
You bring a lot of Pop culture and musicology knowledge to the table, what with your wide swath of tastes. Any particular category you might place yourself in, despite liking pretty much…. Everything lol?
I have a hard time labeling my genre, I can be all over the place and you’ll hear it in this EP, that was my intention. If I had to say though, techno and psytrance are my biggest influences. Although I have no specific genre, I can guarantee that it will always sound like Nurse.