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.
Learning to play guitar in a rock band in middle school, while being inspired by the power of iconic rock and then metal bands (Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden). I liked making riffs and structuring the songs and layers of who plays what. Then I got a computer with fruity loops (DAW / music production software) and would stay up late each night producing electronic songs (was into Cataracs, 3oh!3 at the time), while at the same time playing drums for metalcore bands (a la Attack Attack, or Veil of Maya style) and our school’s jazz band.
Gradually flowers de moon friends & collaborators moved or went their separate ways, amicably, with Olivia focusing on Sea Offs (with other flowers de moon collaborator Rashmit Arora) and Forever Honey, and Zach Kramer playing in pluto & charon (all are worth a look!!). I had been practicing vocals and was like, hell – I wanna create it all, and that opportunity is now.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Anthem of Bob refers to a legendary vanlifer that inspired me to write the song of a vanlifing vagabond, while I was visiting Los Angeles on a vacation. I had no thought of it at that time but I ended up doing vanlife myself the year later, and moving to Los Angeles (by van) to pursue music. The song kinda became prophecy for me.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Flume, MGMT, Anderson .Paak, Glass Animals, Gorillaz
Hunter S Thompson, Ernest Hemingway, Eric Andre, Hannibal Burress
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?
the vocals are quirkier and more personal, the songs vary in style and often cross multiple genres within a song. it’s a fresh mashing of styles. Its indie electronic heavily influenced by hip hop, electronic, and indie, to put it broadly.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
albums: MGMT – Congratulations, Lorde – Pure Heroine, Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
movies: The Big Lebowski, Naked Gun, Fast Five.. I’m kinda leaning towards upbeat things in this specific island scenario ha
books: The War of Art, Peace is Every Breath, The Alchemist
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I prefer both; to me those two things are like yin and yang. Studio for pure creative expression and performing live for raw, emotional, live connection with humans. Both nourish the soul.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Back in college (Penn State) I took a hit of acid, was walking around, was asked if wanted to play a set at a backyard concert party, showed up and played some of my weirdest grooves, and it was a blast!.. I could hear some guy saying “I don’t know what’s going on but he kills it, whatever it is”. my sound ultimately veered towards that weird vibe.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Honestly I’d say this one, Anthem of Bob. It genre hops indie pop, electronic grooves, rap, while telling a real, nonsensical tale and the accompanying broader perspective on life.
Also – Sci-fi Pulp ’72 – it’s dark, groovy, melodic, Hunter S Thompson meets dystopian narrative.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
My plan is to release 4 singles with 4 accompanying music videos this year. I am also thinking about options beyond this, but that remains tbd 🙂
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What’s your favorite lockdown sanity vices?
The Big Lebowski, Leslie Nielsen movies, Diablo 3, nature
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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