Tell us about yourself and your music
Do you know the Commodore 64? I was introduced to electronic music through the C64 Computer at an early age. From there I started experimenting with audio software called trackers. Trackers were unique in that instead of placing notes horizontally, trackers are more like music-boxes and work vertically. I started composing music for video games and developed a full-length soundtrack for the game ThreadSpace: Hyperbol. Now I’m still finding my sound and creating music for more projects. You can hear my latest work on http://aflare.bandcamp.com
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is called “ALIVE” and it features a music video about the experience of life and how far we have come. The idea was to use Creative Commons video footage from Vimeo.com from all over the world to compile a music video that gives a glimpse of what might come when creative energy is unleashed to its full extent in the future, perhaps through something like a Universal Basic Income.
What inspired you to write this release?
Alive was inspired by the experience of life. In the early morning hours this track was produced when the mind was reeling and thoughts of scale and depth and infinity came to me. What is infinity? It is hard to understand something so grand but it gives a hope for possibilities. I think I understand now… Listen loud with a good set of headphones for best results, and if you like it, please support me and help me make more music like this by sharing this with friends – it is what I love to do.
Any plans to release a video?
The Music Video for “ALIVE” is released! You can watch the ‘Creative Commons Made’ music video here: http://vimeo.com/52722072 – It was posted on YouTube but unfortunately somebody stole the music video to use in their own video in a commercial project and then flagged my YouTube as copyright infringement, YouTube took it down. You can read more about that in the comments on http://vimeo.com/52722072
Any plans to hit the road?
Perhaps one day!
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
At first, I focused a lot on my artist name, Aflare. I have a bit of graphic design experience so I spent some time coming up with a unique theme surrounding the artist name. I was heavily inspired by themes of ancient Egypt, some mathematical secrets, DNA, science and other mysteries that we continue to unlock each day.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Lately I’ve been on an symphonic kick, I’ve been listening to Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Oundjian by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a truly amazing piece. I’ve also been listening to anything by Jeremy Soule and the Skyrim soundtrack.
Tell us about your passions
Music really is my passion, but it really doesn’t pay the bills. Besides music, I am advocating for Universal/Unconditional Basic Income, I create stickers and graphics to help introduce people to the idea of providing a foundational floor of income that could provide many many benefits to society. You can learn more about my passions at http://patreon.com/stuartm – I am also involved in game development projects, game-related projects (my own and others) as well as small business projects, such as FollowMeSticker.com and EVSticker.com and online marketing consulting.
What else is happening next in your world?
Right now it seems as though I won’t have much time to pursue my music passions, but hopefully I will have some time once a month to do so. Otherwise I will be mostly advocating UBI on http://twitter.com/UBIsticker
Thanks for an awesome interview, Stuart!
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