ATTLAS And His Road To Creative-Uncharted-Territory!
Mm: What led you to the inspiration of the “small story of frost melting and winter thawing to colors and sounds” as the theme of your EP Bloom?
A: Honestly, it’s less metaphorical than it sounds. The reality is that over the last year I’ve been able to live out what I thought were life-long dreams and goals. Sharing personal music with complete strangers across the globe and having them respond meaningfully was and is a humbling and surreal notion. Travelling to cities I’d otherwise not be able to see, just to play music, felt like a selfish dream. Between January and mid-April, I was fortunate enough to be on the road doing much of the latter. Meeting musicians, hearing my favourite artists sets from backstage, back to backs with deadmau5 in city after city... it was an intense education that was as much pleasure as it was perspective. Coming back to rest mid-April meant back to writing. I was excited to take the lessons of the road - what worked, what didn’t, what I thought I was capable of - and articulate them musically in the studio. What I found, though, was that I was gravitating towards my instruments more and more. On the road, writing meant laptops and midi-keyboards. While I was getting back into writing mode, winter’s snow was melting away and the early season gardening was beginning. I was back to writing my melodies on a hundred year old piano, finding new chord voicing on a guitar I bought in high school. If the writing period for the EP was the intersection of seasons, temperatures, then so was the musical output - the happy marriage between what I loved and learned about electronic music over the last year on mau5trap and my background and comfort zone of instruments unplugged sound.
Mm: Seeing that you are a classically trained musician with influences such as jazz, rock, techno and experimental, growing up what artist did you listen to often?
A: Growing up, my family moved around a lot. As a result, I became close with my hobbies and my family - everything else around me tended to shift every few years. Living in Michigan, we found an old piano that the previous tenants had left in the basement. In Toronto, an unused guitar was found in my aunt’s closet and put to good use. I bought a 100 year old banjo from a bartender in Edmonton. I had great motivation to put these to good use - I grew up in a house filled with diverse music from all eras and genres. My parents were the ones to first show me Mozart and K’Naan’s early demos, and despite it consuming a huge chunk of every day of my life, my grandma still knows more about jazz than I do. Continue reading →