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.
When I was a kid, I discovered the joy of creating music while experimenting with rudimentary toy synths, cassette tape recorders and an array of inexpensive gear purchased at Radio Shack. There was a sense of wonder & excitement that came with creating music through trial and error, without even really knowing what I was doing. That feeling of joy & discovery is something I have recently re-captured by going back to the basics.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Celestial” & “Endless” – comprised of three songs each, for a total of six songs. The singles are mixed with additional production by Dan Konopka of the Grammy Award-winning band OK Go and features UK-based opera singer Caroline Joy Clarke on “Celestial” and IamLawn, an alternative artist from Portugal, on “Endless.” The music also includes contributions on cello by Nina Uzelac from Serbia and on violin by Jess Diggins from Norwich, Norfolk in the UK. The digital release is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal, SoundCloud, BandCamp and other digital platforms.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
The answer to this question often changes. Most often influenced by movies, electronic sounds and the fusion of computers and music.
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?
Some of my recent songs were inspired by my experiments on Instagram.
At its core, it’s electronic music, but it blends a lot of organic elements with guest musicians including an opera singer, a cellist and a violinist.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Unfortunately, I think I would end up missing my flight to the desert island because of being too indecisive with trying to decide which albums, movies & books to bring! This list constantly evolving. I think something from David Bowie would definitely make the cut….but which one?
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I enjoy both! I love my little studio where I can enjoyably lose all sense of time while making my little musical experiments. Performing live is also great for receiving instant gratification a live audience provides.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Not necessarily funny, but a little background on this particular project. When I was younger, I was advised analog gear was being replaced by digital, you needed high-end microphones, and tape hiss from cassette recorders was something to be avoided. Now that I’m a little older & wiser, I realize the best gear is the gear you have in your possession and to embrace the inconsistencies of older equipment. Also, I’ve learned to break conventional by using gear in other ways not as intended. Lets connect this cheapy contact mic to a toy piano, and plug it into some guitar pedals and lets see what we get! Experimentation brings a wonderful sense of discovery that ultimately sparks creative ideas. I also enjoy combining analog sounds and with more modern VST plug-ins.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
The track “Celestial” started as a soundscape and evolved into something I didn’t expect. I let soprano singer Caroline Joy Clarke improvise over the instrumental, and then I tweaked it (stretch/pitch/reverse/layer/etc), which created unique textures. Then I tossed the track to Dan Konopka (of the band OK Go) and he added a whole new layer of energy to the song by adding a beat and additional production.
The song “Unease” evolved similarity, but this time Nina Uzelac added cello and Dan Konopka elevated the song by masterfully mixing the track.
The song “Tape Study 001” was just that. I studied how my 4-track recorder would interact with sound by changing pitch & speed, and the ambient song is the culmination of the results.
Another interesting tid bit is I’ve never met Caroline (UK), Nina (Serbia) or IamLawn (Portugal), Jess (UK), or Dan (Los Angeles) in person. The beauty of the internet is you can work with people from different corners of the world and simply email files back and forth.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I’m always creating short music experiments for Instagram. instagram.com/adriannakrikl/ Some of those pieces evolve into full songs. I hope to release more new tracks in the new year and I may do a few live performances.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
How would I describe myself?
Answer: I’m a sound artist.
Thanks for your time and for giving me this opportunity!
Photo credits: Cathy Hur (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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