Interview with 1700monkeyninjas

Electronic music gives an artist a carte blanche for experimentation, without the constraints of more chefs making the soup.

How did you become involved in electronic music?
I have always loved electronic music, that is, music made with electronic instruments. Primarily, I was inspired early on, by Trent Reznor’s work, Ministry and others who used whatever cutting edge tech of their time.   These artists went beyond the hipster bullshit that you see these days. Credit where credit is due, it was actually a guy I worked with a few years ago, who turned me onto electronica, dubstep, etc.  He was giving me stuff by Skrillex, Noisia, Zomboy, Feed Me…just a shit load of stuff, and I was in love with it all.  This was music that made you think…the opposite of songs with words and singers, etc.  Then he got a copy of FL studio off Pirate Bay, and gave me a copy along with some plugins. Wasn’t too long thereafter, that I released Concupiscent Chaos.  Electronic music gives an artist a carte blanche for experimentation, without the constraints of more chefs making the soup.

What song of yours are you most proud of? 
Actually, I’m more interested in the process of making a track than in the conclusion of the effort.  There are certain moments when I find a sample that is perfect, or when I just compile a certain part and then sit back and bask in it for a moment.

How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Very carefully.  Always working on multiple tracks at a time, usually with some kind of theme on which to focus the whole of the work at that point in time.  This could be a title of the record-to-be, an image, a story.  It’s all a question of time maintenance.  Any artist who isn’t rolling in it, if they are serious about what they do, they have to master this factor.

Who would you want to collaborate with for a new track? 
Not sure if collaboration is my thing.  Any time I’ve tried it in other genres of music, going as far as to audition a singer, etc.  It never works out.  I was playing with another guitarist years back when I was doing the singer-songwriter thing, but he had initially come to me, saying that he loved my stuff and that he just wanted to be included in some way.  He initially had his mind set on drums.  Worked for a while, but he was doin’ his own thing too.  That’s the thing. More chefs making the soup, the longer it takes to do anything, and people are often not completely invested in the thing, because they’re doing their own thing.  And it’s nothing bad.  Everybody wants to express themselves, but it can be a bit daunting when it comes to completing work.  When you work on your own, you have only one person to blame.

What has been your biggest break in your musical career so far?
I set little goals for myself.  I wanted to release something on Beatport, and I got “you ARE the storm” there.  I wanted to get on Pandora, and I finally did, with this same record.  It was great hearing that someone was listening to an Eminem song, and then “Smert Alyeck” came up. Even if somebody only listens for thirty seconds, I just followed Eminem.  So cool.  Initially, I just wanted to see what other artists come up that Pandora says are similar.  My stuff gets categorized so many different ways, I wanted to see how what was dubbed “similar.” Though it wasn’t an initial goal, I have a website in Japan now, and it works directly with Reverbnation. That’s like a cherry on top.

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