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.
The music of the older postpunk bands like the Cure, Joy Division, New Order, the Psychedelic Furs, Echo and the Bunnymen and other bands of that era are what inspired me to first start making music.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Pretty much thought my days of being in bands or recording were over. Then last spring I was looking in the Musicians section of Craigslist, kind of just looking at what’s out there, and I ran across an ad from a producer saying, “If you’re a shoegaze, goth, post-punk, synth pop, darkwave, dream pop or similar genre artist looking for someone to produce or record your music that understands the genre, I would love to get in contact to discuss how we could possibly work together.” Then it went on to list a number of my all-time favorite bands as examples like The Cure, Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Chameleons, and the list went on and on of bands I love. Couldn’t believe my eyes. I’d never read an ad that ran so similar to my tastes. Didn’t really have plans to record at the time, but was really curious to meet this person, so I got in contact and we arranged to meet. Turns out it was Chris King from Cold Showers! He’s such a humble guy that he never mentioned he was in Cold Showers while we were setting up our meeting. I’m a big fan of his band. Think the first thing I said to him was, “I’ve got songs of yours on my playlists!” Was really impressed by the fact he didn’t use Cold Showers in his ad or in talking with me before we met. He wasn’t relying on his musical success to get clients. Our first meeting went great. In addition to having similar musical tastes and influences, felt like I could also relate to Chris on a personal level. He’s an incredibly nice, easy going guy and has a wonderful sense of humor. As an added bonus he told me he likes to use Brandon Pierce of Glaare to do the drum programming. Was thrilled at this news, as I’d seen Brandon play live a couple of times and he is a phenomenal drummer.
The day after our initial meeting I sent Chris acoustic versions of some songs and we decided to do a single. The recording process with Chris was nothing short of amazing! He’s so chill and so much fun, and the atmosphere surrounding the whole process was completely relaxed and really allowed creativity and ideas to flow. Brandon is also super nice and they are both immensely talented. I’d never had such a great time recording. After the two songs were finished I thought this is such a dream, working with a brilliant producer who comes from the same musical place plus an unbelievably awesome drummer, that I asked Chris what he thought about doing an EP together. He was up for it, so we got Brandon involved again and did three more songs. The plan at that point was to put out a five song EP, but when we were done recording I didn’t want it to end. Was so happy with the way the songs had turned out that I then asked Chris what he thought about doing an album and he was into the idea.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
As far as influences go, the bands mentioned above have certainly shaped me and the list could literally keep going with the likes of Sister of Mercy, Siouxie and the Banshees, etc. Some of my favorite lyricists are Ian Curtis, Siouxie, Martin Gore and Robert Smith. That being said, there is so much fantastic new darkwave/coldwave/postpunk/goth music being released, which really inspires me. The worldwide scene is vibrant with talent.
As far as non-musical influences go, I’m a city boy. Love to walk around cities exploring, but I also love being outside in nature. Having the ocean here is an endless source of inspiration. Additionally, I’ve always been an avid reader. My mother said she’s never seen a kid choose abook over television, but that was pretty much me growing up. Some of my favorite authors are Steve Erickson, David Mitchell, Denis Johnson and William Gibson.
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?
Although I do love the postpunk/darkwave sound, don’t consciously try to write in any style, but I guess it’s natural to be subconsciously influenced by the music you like and listen to even if you’re not conscious of trying to steer things too much one way or another to emulate a particular sound. Journalists and djs have compared the sound to The Cure, Joy Division, Bowie, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, the Mighty Lemon Drops, the Wild Swans, Icicle Works just to name a few.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
This is a tough one. I’m just hoping the island has good wifi reception so I can access my Spotify playlists, kindle and Netflix!
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I love them both! They are totally different experiences, but both a joy. The studio is a creative process where you are using all your concentration to bring your songs to life in a controlled environment. You’re also doing things in a piecemeal fashion. Live you are trying to present the music in its full form and connect to the audience. Things don’t start and stop. It’s loud, can be chaotic and you can lose yourself in the performance. It’s tribal.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I’ve never had a music ‘career’, so I guess the joke’s on me lol.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Another great thing about working with Chris is that we approached every song with the idea of, “What is good for this song?” Not, “How can we make it sound like all the others?” Each song has its own unique vibe and we didn’t want to use a sonic cookie cutter approach with the same musical template. That’s why I especially like bands such as The Cure and Depeche Mode. You know it’s them immediately, but each song has its own personality and style. If I strive for anything, it’s that. For The Sea At Midnight to be recognizable, but at the same time each song having its own personality.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
The plan now is to release an eight song album in late summer or early fall. Have released three singles so far, the debut “Medicine”, then “Melancholia”and just put out the third single “How Many Times” a couple of weeks ago. Plan on releasing another track at the end of April.
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Photo credits: Liauna Tolmasoff
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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