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.