Tell us about yourself and your music
I’m your average 20 years old, of whom’ is just trying to make it through every day struggles like any other individual. I’m nothing special; just your average dude who enjoys making music in his free time (as well as painting my face).
My music is just whatever comes to me. I try to make at the absolute very least 1 track per day. I have been making music for almost 4 years now with over 1,300 tracks open to the public to listen to on SoundCloud; as well as varying numbers on other websites. Sadly, my music on SoundCloud is scattered in the tracks section; though heavily organized in the album section, where it goes from my oldest music to my newest music.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release that I have finished is Zombie Hop (August 31, 2020), and it’s mainly Casino Hop and Electronic; much like Flashing Aces was.
However, my latest release is coming out tomorrow morning in under 12 hours and it’s based upon the Flash Games that I would play as a child. Although I became a “NewGrounds Junkie” in ’08; the games that I played and still do are mainly from ’95 – ’05, the golden era for Flash Games in my opinion. The album was completed in February of 2020, and it’s not meant to be danced to; it’s meant to bring you back to the old days of Flash Games where the quality wasn’t the best, but there was just that certain charm to those games that got ‘ya hooked.
What inspired you to write this release?
NewGrounds has always been my favorite website for as long as I can remember. I first got internet access in ’08 and used Dial-Up until ’14, so that kinda sucked; but it was alright because I would always go to my favorite website to play games on which was Newgrounds. I just miss those days, where I could wake-up at around 05:30, and be playing Pico School or Dad N’ Me by 06:00 for an hour before school. Those were the days, and I just can’t let that feeling die. Even if it’s just through basic music meant to sound like it belongs in older Flash Games.
Describe the writing and recording process
I would just think back to being a child, and what games I would play. From there I would decide how I wanted the track to go. It’s kind of weird having it be 4/4 without swing or glitches, but I think I managed … Okay? It’s nothing in particular that I’m super proud of; however, it does take me back just a little bit to those good ole’ days where I had no worries and could just put on a Flash Game with minimalistic art and music that I could beat in an hour or less, then come right back to it the next day.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
My plans for the road are to stop creating music at the end of 2020 and focus more-so on life. I need to hold down a job and be able to support my family 24/7 no matter what happens. It’s hard to give up on music entirely, but I’ve already accepted it.
I will most likely continue to come back to it every so often and have a single or an extended play every few months; aside from that, however … I don’t see myself ever being involved in music again after 2020.
I and my friend Gabe are creating a band called “Political Green” where we plan to make a single every month or 2. So it’s just a hobby that we can have fun with.
I plan to be able to start a family of my own and support them. Just have enough money to get by; I don’t need anything spectacular. All that I need is to be able to have children and raise them without worry that they’ll starve. Those are my plans.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I brand myself with a slime logo that I named Paul. It came to me when I was live streaming Epic Battle Fantasy 3 by Matt Likes Swords with music by Phyrnna. I was on the second screen out of the town and I saw a slime just chilling with people, and I named them Paul. I forget what storyline I gave them to make the Livestream more interesting; however, days later they became my logo for branding.
I submit my music to Inverse Network, Yume Network, and others on SubmitHub; often too little success … So there’s not much happening there.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of artists from WaxxedPromo, as well as Inverse Network.
However, I still listen to the classics like
- Define Light
- Alex Skrindo
As well as others of whom’ got big around ’13 – ’16.
Who are your biggest influences?
- Define Light
Tell us about your passions
My passions are martial arts, face painting, special effects make-up, professional wrestling, animation, and electronic music production. All of these are so much fun; I hope that if you or anybody reading this ever gets the chance to that you take them up. I can almost guarantee that they shall be some of the absolute best fun in your existence.
What else is happening next in your world?
Not much. I just have to live one day at a time and see where my destiny takes me.
Thanks for an awesome interview, fr34ksh0w_w1ll0w
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