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 started playing guitar at the age of 13, but it wasn’t until I bought my first keyboard (Roland W-30 Workstation) when I was around 17 that I became inspired to really create my own music. Having so many different sounds at my disposal helped me to start putting layered pieces together.
I’ve sort of made a full circle with music in my life. I would play a lot of guitar, play in bands, then started recording and eventually producing independent artists, and more recently began putting all my energy back into creating my own music under the name Lucid Structure.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest release, Measures, came together in about 8 months from beginning to end. I write what I like to hear, which to me is music that has a sometimes serious and thought-provoking vibe.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I grew up listening to Vangelis, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Andreas Vollenweider, among many others. I vacillate between being driven towards organized and polished pieces by the likes of Vangelis, and the more sparse and improvised sounds of Brian Eno. Those two are probably my biggest musical influences.
I am also influenced and inspired by nature and the outdoors, space and Astronomy, and good cinema. Mix at least two of those together, and I am in love with the result! Cinematic examples for me would be Blade Runner, Escape From New York, and Gravity, just to name a few off the top of my head.
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?
To my ear, my music sounds like such a mish-mash of so many different artists and styles, that I’ve never heard anything that really sounds like it. If I had to describe it, I would say that it varies from blissful and ethereal to dark and moody. Most of it seems to sound like it should be married to visuals, i.e. soundtrack.
I try to allow my music to go wherever it takes me, without limiting or guiding it in one way or another based on trying to write for an audience. In other words, for me it is pure. It is up to the listener to decide whether they like it or not, I try to consider that aspect none of my business. Otherwise, I’d have constant anxiety and second-guess my artistic decisions.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: The Pearl by Harold Budd and Brian Eno, Signals by Rush, Voices by Vangelis.
Movies: Wizard Of Oz, Blade Runner, and Sound Of Music.
Books: Random Harvest by James Hilton, Gold Coast by Nelson Demille, and anything by Gillian Flynn.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I haven’t played any of the Lucid Structure music live yet. I am starting to connect with players who might fit what I need, but it would be a bit of a production if I go through with it. I used to play in Hollywood when I was in bands.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Nothing comes to mind that I’d be willing to put in writing!
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I would say Village of Sand from the upcoming album (Measures) stands out. It is the only track I’ve written with input from another musician. Anthony Crivello, who is an amazing singer (and was the star of Phantom Of The Opera in Las Vegas for six years) and has become a friend, worked with me on this track. Out of the two Lucid Structure albums I have made, this is the only track that involves human voice. It was a great experience working with another musician who was also making artistic choices. I look forward to collaborating with others in the future.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have already started on a third album, and it’s going well. I am considering forming a group that would be able to play some live venues. When this happens, it will be in the Los Angeles area, at least for now. Also, look out for a couple videos coming out with this album!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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