What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I was encouraged to be musical at a young age. My mother and father put me in Yamaha school of music as a child. This particular school’s primary focus was ear training. I also was sort of forced into choir from the age of 10-12,(we won’t talk about that). After another forced graduation of the ear training school, I began private lessons. I just recently learned my parents told the music teacher my attention span was not suited for the standard grueling Royal Conservatory. ..So we did a mix of that and random songs I wanted to learn. My lessons suddenly stopped when my older brother died of an accidental MDMA overdose at a mid 90’s underground rave. This foundation of music and deep personal agony would set the stage for the rest of my life as a creator of art.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
This release is my only body of work that is not drug-fueled alt-rock. As any debut solo project should be, It is deeply personal. The very fact that I had the muscle control and cognitive abilities to produce a coherent body of work is miraculous.
I suffered an Overdose 14 months ago(I know). It nearly killed me… I was discovered by a neighbor blue and lifeless and rushed to the ER.
Tubes of fluid were coming from every part of me. Many machines and many doctors and nurses played a critical role in my survival every-day. 3 days in my fiance gave birth to a baby girl. As the weeks ticked by hope seemed to be running out for me. 23 days later my family’s prayers where answered.
I was a shell of myself when I aroused. My kidneys and liver had both failed and I was on dialysis. I wouldn’t have known it though…my brain had suffered severe oxygen deprivation….
Then something amazing happened, as the weeks ticked on, I kept getting better, more with it…stronger. I was moved from the ICU then moved from critical care. Every 3 days my body function analysis would come back with doubly better results. This was truly a miraculous transformation. I heard whispers of speculation from a neurologist attributing the re-wiring of my brain to child-hood piano lessons. Had music saved my life?
Zephyr Drift is the accumulation of my journey to recovery. I learned how to create music that was all me. I played the instruments, coded the MIDI, tweaked, and re-tweaked. Scrapped songs and sections, oh-man, the frustration was beautiful though. I was recovering.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My main musical Influences are Trent Reznor, Maynard Keenan, and the Chemical Brothers. Non-music-wise: My Brother T’ai and my close small-town group of friends. We have managed to remain close for all these years. We still feed off and influence each other. I’ve never been able to idolize the classic pillars others often quote.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I think I sound different than any-other “synth-wave” artists that I have heard, personally. ( I have tunnel vision when it comes to my listening ) My sound will almost certainly contain Piano parts embed in. I have always had a hard time defining a genre. I don’t want to be ordinary. If I fall into a niche…so be it, ill market my particular track under that niche. Music is nothing unless it’s heard. Art has to bleed into its-self to create a body. I want my albums to sound whole when shuffled. I want the tracks to make sense together.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Desert Island Books —Harry Potter Full All Volumes
—- Way of the wilful warrior
—— Managing depression
Album ————————–Nine Inch nails -Downward Spiral
Chemical Brothers – Surrender
Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More
Movies —————————Reservoir dogs —- Tarantino
Platoon — Oliver Stone
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
For this current project, I have not had the opportunity to perform anything live due to COVID…That being said; Live. Bar-none. I love improvisation…I thrive on audience reactions. I always could engage everyone. Even the fish-out-of-water designated driver with his arms crossed in the back row.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I was on the road with my first band “Stoned Moses”. We were performing in Whistler at this venue called the “Garabaldi Lift Company”. The show was wild…I was in a boot-cast. ( long entirely different story ). We all got a little too drunk and left our equipment at the venue. This was normally well-tolerated, but not this time. They phoned up our Manager at the time and threatened to throw everything out in the snow. A few car-loads of us were forced to drive and retrieve the gear..they hit a police roadblock. Two of our cars got impounded. We even made the local paper. I had no idea any of this happened, as the combination of alcohol and painkillers had caused me to urinate on my shoes in the hotel room…stumble over to the headliner’s hotel room ( soaked in urine ) and proceed to pee on their balcony. We never opened up for them again.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Granular. Its the 4th track on my EP “Zephyr Drift”. I had a lot of fun recording it… it was one of those beautiful mind/body studio sessions where every idea just clicked. I started the song off with this wild analog squeal solo then took the tail end of it and chopped it up to pulse while ducking this gritty bassline under it. I added an offtime weird-ass drop…then threw some epic piano in there. It’s a song that listeners either love or hate. Its a track that sums my personality up in real life. People either seem to love or hate me on first impressions. Granular is the closest thing I have created that artistically exposes my soul.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
For anyone who is currently reading this…I’ll have my EP “Zephyr Drift” live on streamers June 11th. Please enjoy it. I am currently digging deep into myself to create some truly unique sonically appealing cocktails. I am also exploring various D.A.W’s so I can find one that can match my optimal workflow.
I have lived a fucked up existence with many highs and many lows. I want you to never expect the same shit from me. I am always going to change.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Aeris, will you ever try singing again?
Yes. My next project will incorporate vocals.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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