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 writing songs when I was 12. They felt like a diary entry to me. Even now I would consider myself a songwriter above all else. It just felt so good to write a new song, still today, that satisfaction and excitement is one of the best feelings. But for a really long time I considered music more of a hobby. And then right around in my senior year of college I started Winter. Music has been and always will be an outlet for me to process life. When I graduated college I moved to LA, where I reside today and do my project. Winter has had different incarnations and phases. Ultimately it’s my life project with a rotating cast of members that identify/connect with the Winter universe.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The upcoming record is called “Endless Space (Between You & I) and is coming out May 15th on Bar/None Records. It is sonically different than all my past records since it really hones in on a unique blend of ghostly ambient/dream pop/ psych sounds. A lot of the visual elements of the record (music videos, album art..) are inspired by magical elements, nature, story telling, and a timeless language of symbols and archetypes. It was recorded and co-produced with my friend Ian Gibbs in his garage in the valley in Los Angeles and then mixed it with Pat Jones at Honeymoon Suite Studios.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
For this record I would say Gold Celeste, Broadcast, Stereolab, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and I will forever be influenced by My Bloody Valentine in some way or another. We were influenced by nature sounds (using voice memos or samples) and grainy/ dreamscape textures.
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?
Winter is a unique mix of bilingual lyrics (Portuguese and English), beautiful melodies with dreamy ethereal sounds. I think the reasons to why people connect to Winter songs are diverse. Many times I think it can be a way to escape or to find some healing. Take a listen yourself and let me know!
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
Erasmo Carlos – Sonhos e Memorias
Elliot Smith – XO
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I think these days I prefer going into the studio. But I do love doing both. I think I just go through phases.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
It’s hard to say. I like to approach each song as the most unique and authentic I can make it. But I would say the production in “In the Z Plane” and “Pure Magician” are one of my favorites off the record.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Yes! We will be going on a month long US tour!
March 15 – Love Buzz – El Paso, TX +
March 17-22 – SXSW – Austin, TX +
March 24 – The Quarry – Bisbee, AZ +
May 6 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, AZ*
May 8 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA*
May 9 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA*
May 10 – Ukiah Brewing Company – Ukiah, CA*
May 12 – Lucky You Lounge – Spokane, WA*
May 13 – Fox Cabaret – Vancouver, BC*
May 14 – Alma Mater – Tacoma, WA*
May 15 – Make.Shift Project – Bellingham, WA*
May 16 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR*
May 17 – Neurolux – Boise, ID*
May 19 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO*
May 20 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT*
May 22 – The Starlet Room – Sacramento, CA*
May 23 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA*
May 24 – Casbah – San Diego, CA*
May 25 – Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ*
May 27 – Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX*
May 28 – Satellite Bar – Houston, TX*
May 29 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA*
May 30 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL*
May 31 – Chizuko’s – Pensacola, FL*
June 6 – Ballyhoo Festival – Indianapolis, IN
+ w/ Justus Proffit
* w/ Surfer Blood
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Photo credits: Angel Aura (1st one), Walker Lewis (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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