Artist Interview: Templeton
Tell us about yourself and your music
Templeton (aka Michael Charles Dirksen) is currently based at the extreme tip of Afrique d’Sud but is always traveling to extract the musical juices of different cultures for inspiration and a change of perspective.
This singer/songwriter/musician/producer has been performing and recording since the early 90’s and has slowly built up a listener base of like minded people who crave organic music.
The best way to describe the Templeton frequency would be to take the following ingredients:
Distill the carefully constructed sounds of Zero 7, add the intensity of Radiohead with a dash of raunchy Muse, mix this with the mournful twang of Rufus Wainwright — not forgetting the innocence of Elliott Smith — and you’ll have an idea of the Templeton sound.
Talk to us more about your latest release
The Net is a raunchy, shuffle-beat song with a galvanized wake up call to humanity.
The chorus exclaims a lot of ‘Yada yada yada’ which is an urban term for a conversational gloss-over, much like ‘blah blah blah’ (empty talk). It is also a Hebrew word meaning ‘to know’, which is what this song is truly about — to get people to know the truth and to stop listening to all the bullshit.
You’ll see, towards the middle of the video, a fast projection of subliminal programming, albeit in a less discrete form. This exposes the base side of human want and nature that is exploited to keep civilization dumbed down.
The end of the song offers the only obvious solution to freeing ourselves from the matrix or ‘the net’: United we stand, divided we fall — fear mongering vs. the vibration of love.
The song also hints at the meta-geopolitical movement of the youth who are creating their own realities by connecting globally via YouTube and other social networks — a kind of subliminal unity consciousness ‘training wheels’ program that could potentially see a massive global uprising and reclamation of power.
What inspired you to write this release?
The lyrics transmit the deviant nature of the news and media who provide us with consistent daily, negative verbal and visual assault. This kind of purposeful lower vibrational news keeps humanity in fear and in ‘place’ — at the bottom of the pyramid scheme. The songs message is about how the people will inevitably take back their power from governments, religious institutions, media, etc.
Any plans to release a video?
Yes, just waiting on the right director and the right budget. There is a lyric video available on youtube.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I am currently putting a band together, so watch this space.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Who have you been listening to lately?
Rival Sons, Dry the River, Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright
Tell us about your passions
My Garden. To quote Oprah. ” If you make your surroundings beautiful, life becomes beautiful”.
What else is happening next in your world?
Currently working on a new album, so lot’s of writing and work in the studio.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Michael!
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