Artist Interview: INtramentalist
Tell us about yourself and your music
Hey everybody! So, I started playing piano at 6 years of age, that was totally my Mom’s idea. After 15 years of piano lessons in the classical genre I said good-bye to that and started arranging stuff I like — pop, rock, movie soundtracks. My first piece that I arranged was Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend”. That led to writing my own stuff for piano, which eventually led to writing for multiple instruments. That’s a bit about my music. As for me, I’m a 56 year old white guy living in the Midwest who works in IT, plays some bad golf, and is working on my first novel in fantasy, feminism and philosophy.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is called Evolucion. This is a cycle of eight songs written – for my Mom! That wonderful lady who started me on this journey so long ago. She passed recently, but not before I completed it and performed it for her, twice. These pieces have some range – from soft and gentle, to something like John Cage. There are some Phillip Glass-like pieces, or perhaps Claude Debussy, or something like a rock tune with just the piano. You get the idea. If you’re nice to me I might even tell you where you can buy it.
What inspired you to write this release?
Well…like I said, it’s for Mom, but life is strangely complicated and if I like you, I’ll tell you what else inspired it…
Any plans to release a video?
Not currently. One of these days I will purchase a GoPro, then look out! I do have one video on YouTube though.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not presently, but that too could change. Or you could come to my house…
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I write instrumental music. That’s it, no singing bits, even though I have an artist friend with a terrific voice who wants to collab, so I’m trying to write something with a singing part. I call myself INtramentalist because I like to get into your head. I’m a math guy, and my music has patterns to it, so the closer you listen, the more you’ll pick up on little things to keep your brain happy. Go back to my Soundcloud site and check out Desolation Plain for an example of that.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I am trying to catch back up on 90’s music. I was newly married then and helping raise two kids and I completely lost track of music for a decade and a half. So Tupac and the Cranberries and Stone Temple Pilots and Muse, but more recently, The Revivalists and Spoon and Fiona Apple, man there is just so much good stuff out there.
Tell us about your passions
So this is a head up, but I am working on one hell of a novel, but I’m learning as I go so please be patient. I love young people, you guys, you are the future. I love your passion and enthusiasm, it re-kindles my inner 20-year-old, because I’m still 25 on the inside, only a little bit wiser. I love finishing a huge important project at work, one that makes a difference, because I know it will help people in some way, whether students or colleagues. And I love to eat. I’m a skinny guy, so I don’t eat a whole lot, but when I do…it’s top shelf.
What else is happening next in your world?
Helping my father move on in his life. And yes, he’s doing well, thank you for asking. Seeing my eldest granddaughter this weekend, after my youngest gave me the mother of all colds a week ago, bless her heart. Going on my first ever cruise in December, a board gaming cruise, and when I tire of snarky nerds, you’ll find me with my feet up reading a book or writing or just thinking to myself in our little ocean-side balcony room.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Ethan!
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