Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dazed Marrow

Dazed Marrow

How long have you been creating music as of now?
I took piano lessons in elementary school for about a year then stopped.  I then started making electronic music in High school for about a year as a hobby, then my computer broke so I stopped.  All through high school I would play around with guitars though, on and off.  I started getting serious about music in 2011, buying equipment and what have you, taking music classes etc.  So, I guess I've been making music for roughly 6 years.

I see you’re currently in college, what are your studies? I’m just going to assume you’re a geometry major with all the triangles I see on your pages.
My major is Computer science with a minor in cyber security, so I'm taking a lot of computer classes, coding, debugging, networking etc.  I should be done next year.

Do you have any other creative outlets?
I used to skateboard street all the time, but that was before taking all my university classes.  I used to jump down stairs and hit rails and all that, skate ledges, do flip tricks etc.

There seems to bit of hype over your video for “ Wait for the ☽‡☾ . Does the song itself relate to the video? What does the song mean to you?
I actually was bored one night and just found a video online with a bunch of girls in it and I just edited it and tried to sync it to my song.  I tried to edit the video in a way that would fit the mood of the song.  The song means a lot to me because it was fun to make and I used my old Roland SP-606 for triggering samples then added some software synths and the rest using Logic and Ableton Live.  I actually made part of the song on a bus.  When I listen to the song, it starts out slow and then picks up speed a bit, it kind of gives me a sense of hope and happiness.

What have your goals been since you started making music and have you achieved any? Where do you see yourself going with music in the future?
I didn’t really set any goals since I started making music.  I actually started making music while in high school using the program Acid and FruityLoops.  I would just make a bunch of songs for my own listening, transferring them to my MP3 player or MiniDisc player, and then just skateboard to the songs.  I just make music for fun, I usually make music only when I feel like it, when inspiration hits; and then I try to get my vision into audio form.  I try not to get involved in any projects with deadlines or whatnot because it’s not fun for me that way.  I only make music when it’s enjoyable to me.  The future is always open, so I’m not sure where I’ll go with music.  Hopefully I’ll get more fans or people that enjoy my music.  I’m always going to be making music; it just depends on what I put out for the public to listen to.

You were featured on Cleopatra Records Occult box. How did this come about for you? That’s quite a bit of popular names you’re lined up with, how did you react?
Yeah, that was pretty cool.  A representative from Cleopatra Records contacted me and asked if they can buy partial rights to my song “ Wait for the ☽‡☾ , I just knew they would use it for film or whatever they wanted.  I didn’t know it would be on a box set compilation until later.  I was surprised and in a state of awe of the names that would be on the compilation.  There are some amazing musicians on there.  I usually keep to myself so I was just like, wow, this is pretty sick.

From 3Oh!3’s Starstrukk to Vanessa by Grimes you have quite a few remixes. How do you value this compared to creating your own tracks. Do you enjoy it equally, more or less, etc.
I prefer to create my own tracks and beats etc.  Remixing is fun though, so I enjoy them both equally.  Either way, it’s usually me fiddling with a bunch of physical gear and my computer for hours at a time, uninterrupted, not even to eat, sometimes all day and then finally when I think I’m done I’ll listen to it the next day or so and decide if I need to make changes etc.  I get super focused and by the time I’m done with a song, my mind is usually drained and I feel like I just went for a long run or hit the gym all day.  There are almost always multiple versions of a song; I just pick the one that sounds the best to me.  

Do you have any favorite albums that you’ve worked with, if so which?
I don’t really have favorite albums, and after a while of working on a song or album, I’m tired of hearing the songs because I’ve had to work on them so long and listen to the same tracks over and over.  I’ll go days or weeks without listening to any sort of music because I just need silence sometimes.  For example, after I finished my “Gaeseki Dream Machine” albums, I wouldn’t listen to anything for a couple weeks, even if I was driving long distances I’d just enjoy the silence and listen to the sounds of life, of the world.  I enjoyed making the witch-house.com albums though, especially the Akira Tribute because I used my WMD bit crush pedal to create a high pitched synth sound and just used the knobs to change the pitch, it was pretty fun, the pedal created it’s own signal so I didn’t have to plug in any instuments.

Your music seems to have a lot of aspects from different genres, or at least influences. Can you shed some light on what musical influences you draw from?
I’m not too sure about my influences.  I listen to all sorts of music when I can, anything from punk to ska, to classic rock to electronic.  I love Aphex Twin, I grew up listening to all of Richard’s stuff.  I also like ambient calming music as well.  I guess it all depends on the mood I’m in.

Are there any other factors that play a role that aren’t musical?
My mood.  If I’m depressed or sad and want to make a song, that song will come out kind of dark or depressing.  If I’m happy the same will show in my song.  For example, I made one song to reflect my sadness after my cousin died.  It was kind of a remix, I made it only for myself, as an outlet for my sadness.  It’s called “MΔR✝IKΔ MΔRROW”.  

Does where you live impact you musically?
Not really, I’m kind of a hermit.  I tend to stay inside most of the time.

This might be a touchy subject but I’m curious to ask nearly all musicians I have the chance to bother. Do you care who listens to your music, why or why not?
I don’t care who listens to my music.  Music is a universal language that everyone should be able to listen to.

Where do you find your willpower to produce from? Making music is sometimes tedious, do you draw support from friends, family, maybe yourself?
I just try to get sick on myself and just make tracks, I try not to take breaks because it can throw off the vibe I had began the track with.  I usually don’t drink caffeine but if I’m really into a project I might have a couple cups of coffee or something to stay up to get through the journey.

With closure, do you have any shoutouts you’d like to give?
I’d like to give shout outs to my family and friends, Jungranotron and to any labels and musicians I have collaborated with; also, to my dogs, Yoshi and Kiki and of course, witch-house.com

Follow this link to check out his video for Wait for the ☽‡☾ by Dazed Marrow posted on his Facebook page:.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

This Is Cultwave Radio :. Mchl Shva Presents "The Divergent" Mix + Bonus Interview

Tell me a little about yourself...

I'm from the treasure coast of Florida, 29, born here and currently reside here, but I've lived all over the country from the east coast to the west. MCHL SHVA stands for Michael Shiva, I enjoy all mediums of creation including recently adding music production to the line up. I enjoy sunsets, long walks. My cat is the only one who loves me (when I feed her at least).

When did you become interested in music? What made you want to start producing?

There are many musicians that have been in and out of my life, from family to friends and girlfriends. Most notably being my father, he's been a singer-songwriter my whole life, we don't get along or reside anywhere near each other but I can't deny my earlier exposure to the, 'independent musician' coming from him. He's a big Bowie fan so I'd say my music journey started from stealing his Bowie albums to very quickly finding circus mags at the cousins houses and venturing off on my own with a typical 90s git shock rock journey ahead of me. Huge Reznor fan from a very early age. Music is sacred, my intention was always to make noise, but life plays out the way it does. In 2012 my life changed when I found a new found love for music thru acts like Blvck Ceiling, Silver Strain, Dead Virgin, ceremonial dagger, SINS, glass teeth, etc. I kept mainly to myself and the music for the last few years and recently took the plunge into sound design after feeling a lack of being able to 'move thru and evolve' in the other mediums I was working in.

Would you say these artists also influence your music as well? Are there any other factors that play into your influences when you write music?

Without any doubt. I'm very particular about my music and I consume quite a bit of it, up until a few years ago I had been listening to the same stuff for the past decade as if there was some hidden message I hadn't been able to decipher yet for all the answers to my earthly problems. When I started seeing upside down smiley faces and other related 'mirror' imagery creeping thru Tumblr I got to the bottom of it and never looked back. I think these artists had inadvertently givin' me an answer, Evolution, DIY expression by any means necessary. When I'm making something regardless of the how or when, It's always from a place of personal experience. In anything I do I attempt to send a message either forward or backward in time to myself. Like a message in a bottle. 2 never forget.

Lastly, what do get from making music? Do you seek fame or fandom, is this just a creative outlet, or something different entirely?

That's a good question, something that affects every human in my opinion, we're raised to have a very outward and reciprocated or they don't love me, mentality about ourselves. And the individuals perception of how others perceive them becomes increasing important as the individual puts more of themselves out there. This is a double-edged sword, in that at the end of the day even the person or persons you hold dearly in your existence won't be there when you leave this place we all coexist in. 'They', have us chasing our tails with a smile on our faces and look of 'can they see me' across our grins. This is a bad thing, obviously. But it can't hurt to note it and attempt some thought or meditation against it to gather your own self-worth in the process. I as well suffer from this, as do we all, but 'we give each other strength' in this matter I believe. So I often run to the wilderness for guidance and to get away from, others. What I get from making music is actual small antidotes for moments in time I couldn't describe properly or move thru verbally or with a pen or with a spray can, etc. These 'antidotes' to my personal dilemmas are a personal thing, therefore I make things for myself, regardless of the audience. And I am okay with that.


Monday, 25 May 2015

Myst by Shinji

Brad Bleak:.

Can you give some insight as to what your inspirations were for this album and is there a story or message behind Myst you would like to share?


I had the idea of this album at the end of 2013-beginning 2014. It might be a little bit cliché, but I had broken up with a person I really loved, and I had spent many joyful moments with her, and composed a lot of music... So I was alone with all these tracks I produced in like 1 or 2 months. On the same vibes, I had very old tracks (2010-2011), and I wanted to finish those. So I decided to do an album with all of this on the final tracklist there are no 2010-11 tracks remaining. Utopia, Helixir, Delicate Tiny Keepsake and Things Left Behind from the September-December 2014 era (I re-did a lot of things and recomposed some things, but the original ideas were there).
With the idea of the album, I wanted to do something that could talk melancholy, missing someone, and happy moments. In a moment of pure melancholy/anxiety or maybe not (I do not remember well, but the lyrics are the perfect description of this state and how I feel it). I composed Behind The Screen (it might be my best track ever, for the few people who heard it as I write this it is). Vers Les Etoiles and Empty Dreams came in a single attempt at trying new sounds.

The album is called Myst, and to me, it has to be read as a contraction of "My Mist". This album represents what is standing in the deepest place of my mind, something that few people can understand, but I hope people will be able to identify. The artwork is a modified picture of me holding a coral, surrounded by an opaque fog.  A reminder of my previous seapunk/internet culture influenced music (Elysium and Inanimate Paradise), and now, an insight into the tortured mind behind this... Behind the screen.

For this album, my old inspirations, emotions, and early electronic music such as Jean Michel Jarre or Kraftwerk, and more recent music such as AFX, r.roo, Tapage, or Human Error. (my inspirations are more in IDM and new wave than in actual electronic music) Those artists put souls in their music. It is not like those soulless minimal music we can hear in hipster parties. Where they claim themselves as so dark but they are unable to say anything about themselves that could help understand their art because they don't do art, they do entertainment.

This is also why I feel so at my place in goth/new wave/witch house circles. Even if my music isn't sounding like these styles, I think some people in those scenes know what my sounds are communicating. The support I received from internet scenes recently touches me (and for this, Post Religion and URLFuture have to be quoted, specially URLFuture for Inanimate Paradise and Vers Les Etoiles). Now Shinji is evolving as a tentacular musical spirit involved in a lot of projects and collectives. I want this to become an entity in which rejected people can identify with, not the Tumblr offended by everything. Not those morons, but the evil we don't see, people suffering in silence, who do not belong to any of those stereotypes. I've gotten in a lot of interesting conversations with people concerned by this recently because life isn't only about stereotypes; it's about singularity. When your are a singularity, you are alone because no one understand you. In a way, that's why I do music, to be understood, and I hope me people could realize that someone on this planet understand how he/she feels. You're not alone, I think it is the universal message of Myst, no matter what, remember the good because it brings hope and hope gives you a reason to live.

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Friday, 13 March 2015


Brad Bleak:
Could you give us a bit of a story about how you two got started, and what were some of your influences for this project?

I've personally been listening to Witch House for a few years but I only started making it about a year ago, I used to make dubstep which I now resent. But then about six months after I got into making Witch House, my friend Chainsaw Police asked me to do a track with him and asked Shannon to do vocals with it, and that was the birth of trials.
Well I can't remember exactly what happened but but when Josh ( Chainsaw police ) asked Zack to work with him that was when Zack asked me about starting a band and trials was basically the first name we came up with hahah
Recording for the colab went well and shortly after we started writing our own stuff. I had never heard any of that style of gauche before this point so it was all really new to me.

Brad Bleak:
Did the inspiration for the lyrics for “Numb Over You” come from    the quote by Charles Bukowski "Find what you love and let it kill you" ?

Yes, that's where I found the inspiration, someone had posted it on tumblr, so I did some research to find out where it was from  and built a song around it. Basically it’s just about the things you love and the things you enjoy the most have the biggest potential to hurt you.

Brad Bleak:
It's so nice when you can find something that inspires you so much that you want to build something beautiful around it. Let’s talk a bit about your very first ep and how it all came together..

The EP was fun, after the track with Josh I started to introduce shannon into more Witch House artists, and I think it was White Ring you liked a lot wasn't it? So you can hear a bit of influence from White Ring on the EP. But yeah I wrote 5 instrumentals, and handed them over to Shannon for lyrics, then we recorded it all in my bedroom with a guitar hero mic ahahaha...

Omg yes I love white ring!.. With the ep I was worried about how it would turn out as far as my vocals because I had never done anything like that before. Also was a bit scary because I had never really written lyrics for anything before and this was a whole new genre to me so I could not just write some cheesy lyrics, they had to be different...

Brad Bleak:
Tell us more about the inspiration behind the lyrics and what is being expressed in your music..

It's basically just being part of a culture where we as young people just don't think about the consequences of anything, and we  all have reasons to be sad, so we just go out and get drunk, because we can't do much else. So lyrical inspiration comes from being in love and being young. I think my favourite lyrics are in “Wasted”...I grew through my teens in the years where Skins was really big and everyone just wanted to be part of that culture. So naturally we were. Me and my friends would go out to house party’s every weekend and get super drunk. It was being glamorized on TV so much that it just kind of happened. But that’s what wasted is about is about being an angsty teen aha.
I also like the “Infect Me, Love Me” line in Infect me. I’m not really sure what inspired this but it’s supposed to mean than like you love someone so much that you’ll happily let them “infect you”...

Brad Bleak:
What do you imagine the listener is experiencing while listening to your music?

Ummm, I dunno tbh, I guess I would want them to have the same experience I do when I’m listen to music. Like I listen to bands like White Ring, Crim3s and people like that and there’s so much emotion and energy in their music and I guess I would like people to feel the same when they listen to us. I feel like even though I’m really happy with the first EP and how it was receive there may not be as much energy in it as I wanted, but the new stuff we have does, it’s very bouncy and loud, and that’s why I’m so excited about it.

Whatever Logan Sherrill feels when he listens to our music. Logan Sherril is the first person to post a “listening to” status about us with our lyrics in. He comments on a lot of our posts and stuff and he seems to really like us, he’s a really cool person. But seriously, we want people to feel excited and feel the same things that we feel when we listen to as Zack said.

Brad Bleak:
What were  some of your best memories from the past year since you started this project?

The EP launch was great, I had a lot of fun, it was pretty disastrous though, within the first half hour this girl was puking in the toilets and the venue owners mum had a go at Zack for it. We had our friend Jak (LastInFur) down from Ireland to play it and it was so nice having him here, he’s such a nice person and a really close friend to us he helped us out a lot that week, we were all so stressed.

The Ep launch was hilarious as Shan said, a girl was puking over the toilets before it had even started properly and we were all running late. But it was really great, we had all of our closest friends there and some family. The venue was tiny but everyone was packed in and all the set we had went off! One moment I remember that was great was being outside and having a fagwhile our friend josh (DJ SPCTRM) was playing, and I was stood with another of our friends Scott and Josh drops this absolute banger of a gabber track and Scott just looks at me and goes "oh you dirty bastard" then drops a full fag on the floor and runs in, I do the same and were in this tiny venue all dancing to gabber it was pretty funny.

Brad Bleak:
What does 2015 look like for you two?

Hopefully we’ll get to do a lot more gigging, we've got some plans gig wise but it might take a while to put those in action. We wanna meet up with the friends we have made and possibly make some more friends. We've got a load of new material that we just need to record for which we're really excited about, and we've also got a remix EP now available on Equilateral with 9 remixes of tracks from the Trials EP.

The remix EP is really great we've got some really cool people on it like Sidewalks & Skeletons, LastInFur, Shinji and a few more! But yeah more gigs and I wanna do some more collabs with some people.

Brad Bleak:
It was like you guys came out of nowhere and there was suddenly a whole lot of buzz about you! So besides discovering this "new music scene" did you feel like you were being discovered by a new community?

Yeah I guess you could say that like since even before releasing the ep lots of people from the witch house scene contacted us and were really kind ,helpful and welcoming it's really nice how they treat the scene like a family. We have met so many new people that have helped us out and wanted to work with us. It's really nice when you are so new to something and you are excepted right away..

We have to give a big thank you to Mike (Okkvlt Katt) for that too he was one of the first people to find us and he was sharing us around a lot and telling people about us, and I think without him not nearly s many people would know about us. We're really grateful for that, also to Denzi who runs Equilateral too, he was so welcoming when we joined the label, and everyone's really nice there, as shannon said it really is like a family..

Brad Bleak:
It's true Mike is one of biggest supporters of this scene.

yeah definitely, he really pushes it as much as he can.

Brad Bleak:
You should thank him!  He actually pick this award graphic for you guys… that is your award for Best New Cult Artist of the year 2014

Awww wow that's amazing. The amount of interest we have got is crazy I never expected anything like this.

Thats the coolest thing ever, that fact that people are interested enough in us to vote for us as best new artist is so rad!

Brad Bleak:
Well we can thank Mike & Jared for their work on this trophy for you. hahaha!! :P

This is one of those things were Zack forgot to tell me haha

I'm sure I told you! ahahahaha

Well I'm extremely happy now!!

Find them on facebook! www.facebook.com/trialsmusicUK

Sunday, 11 January 2015


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When did this project come in to it's conception? and how?   

We left the black/doom/ gothic scene because we got bored of that people and decided to play electronic music to piss them off it was a joke at the beginning  we knew nothing about electronic music.

So not having any experience making electronic music in starting this project did you expect people would be into what you were doing?   

When we uploaded our very first song we received messages from european/specially russian people wanting us to play there, people soon started to follow us on soundcloud and fb quickly, we still have no idea where that little buzz came from, we had like 3 songs released and european websites were already writing articles about us and asking for interviews, one site from Spain even said that we are The Jesus and Mary Chain of XXI century, after all that we were like "this might work" thats when we took it seriously. We still have no idea of what we are doing, we know almost nothing about production, mixing or mastering and that shit, we build songs like back when we played in real bands; drum track,bass track, lead track, rythm track, some vocals    over all that and thats it  

What is it about your sound do you believe got so many people interested?    

I think people like the heaviness and ahmm abrasiveness of the sounds and that most of the songs are very dancey, thats what I believe...

Have you ever listened you anything considered Electroclash/Disco-punk?

I think tex taiwan, sexy sushi, kap bambino and all that is electroclash right?, someone said that we sound like that and we checked it out, and totally love it, its basically punk played exclusively with electronic instruments, very noisy and raw, we love those kind of bands   

Do you see this project going in a direction where you will play shows and fill a dance floor?   

I think that will happen soon, we are touring this year...   

Where will you be touring?    

Still not 100% sure but the plan is to play in Russia, Spain, Brazil and the states   

Do you have a network of people in all these places to help you get this going?    

Yeah of course, promoters and tour managers will take care of us, in russia is where we have more "contacts" because our label is from there.   

When do you plan to start your tour?    

Supposedly on june/july we have no idea of how much is it going to last, the label is organizing everything. I've seen videos from witch-related there festivals and its just unbelievable,  everything looks very professional, they take it very seriously.

That must have given you a lot of inspiration to become more pro at what you do?

Not really, maybe to become even more raw (?) haha

How did it make you feel to get such a good response from people in the WH community, and what about the music do you like or dis-like?

Well, we appreciate that witch house people embraced us, we have met great people in this scene and all but I don't think we belong here really. I mean if you listen to our music it doesn't  sound like witch house, at least we think so. We don't use unicode or talk about horror and that kind of thing, or drink Fiji water or listen to vaporwave and all that daft shit. We also strongly dislike the whole "hip hop" influence, witch house grabbed our attention because of the "ethereal" songs, stuff like ev3nmorn and glass teeth, that's the kind of shit we first got into. For example: I love salem's ethereal stuff like glass, king night, hound, etc, but the rap shit is just unbearable   

Okay so how do you think Epileptics fit in to this scene, and do you plan on exploding all over the place and leaving your mark as an artist with this project?

I could come up with many fake answers but I'll be honest: I never think about that, And yeah we want to explode all over the place, behind the music documentary and all that ha...          

And what other music is a main influence for you?

We get inspiration from black metal and goth music, funeral doom and all that, and not even the popular bands, we are into very underground ones I think that's why we sound different, even a couple of our songs are total rip-off's of doom metal songs.

What do you want the listens to feel when they listen to your music and are there messages in the music that your trying to get across to everyone?

We encourage self harm and self destructive behaviour.

Can you tell us about some of the tracks in particular and how you come up the lyrics do them just come out or are they based on your real life experiences ?

If you pay attention to the lyrics most of them deal with anorexia, mental/physical disorders, suicide, self mutilation and the occult. We both were heavily into cutting, still are but way less than years ago, Razorz has been institutionalized a couple of times, I overdosed once and I'm classified as a "mentally unstable person" in my health certificate. "Skjaskabeteende" is about cutting, "Heroin Chic" is about pale anorexic people, aesthetic too, "10mg diazepam pils" is about having a convulsion, etc ....

Do you hope more of your fans would be classified as being mentally unstable?

I wish we could have more supporters like that haha

So what would your ideal show be like?

People Crying on the floor

So this overwhelming feeling of self destruction has been the main influence in your music ?

That's right, negativity leads us, that's pretty much our concept.