Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I live in Bradenton FL and to be honest I’m not really sure what the music scene is here anymore. I used to play out 7 8ish years ago and the scene was always changing and moving, a party house would pop up or a coffee shop that would let people play. From what I understand it’s pretty much still like that although I know a little north of me in St Pete there’s a good little scene staying strong.
You’ve just put out a new EP titled ‘Rendering Death’
where and when did you record?
I recorded it over the last 5 or 6 months in my home studio.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for this EP?
Definitely Washed Out and Beach House. The songwriting for a good while now has been more about the feeling and melody more than anything else. I used to get really hung up on the words and then I’d play stuff out or show people my songs and I never really got the response I wanted, not that that should be a driving force for art but when you spend 3 weeks trying to get a line right and it seemingly doesn’t come across any sort of way it’s pretty deflating. So at some point I just let myself not take the words as seriously and it’s helped me really enjoy everything more. I think that my enjoyment comes across way stronger that any line I could ever write.
Did you work with anyone else through the process?
I did all of the recording and writing myself and then once I was finished I had some friends give me feedback. Then Tajari from Smart Boy Beats did his magic with the mixing.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Right now Let It Die by Feist, Elliott Smith, Eevee, Adrianne Lenker, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, I’m obsessed with the classical station, Wye Oak, that song Goodbye L.A. by Blah Blah Blah jams, The Beatles.
How do you usually go about creating music?
My approach is to just play and if something works go for it, I’m not trying to make the perfect song, I’m just trying to make good solid songs consistently.
You were just chosen as one of Rachel K Collier top ten remixes of her new single
album/4Ju5gnEYacY4oZj2mcO5QI? si=sbRbfOt7RoySAwsfRPUWTg What does this mean to you and how did this come about?
This is one of the coolest things that happened this year for sure. I’ve seen Rachels stuff on youtube and I’ve always thought she had a great thing going. When I saw the video for the remix contest I was like yes of course I’m gonna submit something but I never thought I’d be picked. I’m very proud to have been picked! Before I even listened to the song I was already picking which instruments I wanted to use or how I wanted to process the song but once I heard it and how good it was it totally threw my game plan off. What I wanted to be a cassette hissing drony ethereal song quickly turned into more of a beefed up version of the original song.
You’re about to start working with Squarp Instruments, where you’ll be making a few videos for them using their Pyramid Sequencer, what do you have planned for this project?
I have a few ideas floating around but I won’t really know until I sit with it and get a proper feel for the machine. I’d like to do some modular stuff, I want to see how mangled I can get the thing. I’ll definitely throw everything I have at it.
I hear that you are also trying to finish another album by the end of 2018 with the tentative a title “4 Birds” which will be full length and released on cassette by Mystery Circles
mysterycircles/ Can you give us an idea of what to expect from this album?
Unlike Rendering Death this release will be mainly focused on instrumental tracks with the exception of maybe 1 or 2 tracks. It will be all lofi and drenched in cassette warmth and will be more inline with what I post on instagram and youtube. All of these songs started from posts I made which is also true for Rendering Death.
How did you first start playing music?
I started playing music in school when I took classical guitar and piano in the 7th grade. It didn’t stick right away but by the 2nd year things started to click and I’ve been obsessed ever since.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Learning the Pyramid for sure. I’ll be putting this album together and enjoying the holidays.
What do you like to do away from music?
Hang with friends and family, go to the park or the beach.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I get really into making breakfast, the potatoes have to be just right, and the home studio of course!