Pablo Embon Interview – November 2018

Hello, Pablo. How are things going? How is 2019 shaping up for you?

A: Very good. Thanks for hosting me at NeuFutur, James. 2018 has been indeed a very exciting year from the musical perspective and I envision great things will also happen next year as I have started working on a new music project which I hope will expand horizons much further beyond “Nobody’s Land”. Continue reading “Pablo Embon Interview – November 2018”

An interview with Paul K

Today, we are speaking with Paul K. Can you give us a little background information about yourself?

Sure. I’m Paul Kirkpatrick, aka Paul K, and I’m a UK based songwriter, composer and producer. I write instrumental music that is a mix of electronica, classical, rock and ambient and I’m also one half of the electro rock duo “Glitch Code”.

How did you get into music?

I got into music at a very young age listening to my elder sister playing early Bowie and T-Rex and having piano lessons at my parents’ house. I really got deeply into music myself post punk as a teenager with bands like Joy Division and The Cure before buying my first synth (Roland Juno 6), which I still have today, and getting into electronic music with Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk etc. From there I formed my first teenage band, “Out of Mind”, and started playing live with that band and all the bands that followed.  I’ve been writing and performing ever since.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I’m lucky enough to have a studio at my house and I run Logic X as my main DAW. Gradually over the years the amount of physical kit has reduced, and the number of soft synths and plug-ins increased exponentially. My go to soft synth is Omnisphere 2 but I also rely a lot on Kontact and Reactor from Native Instruments and all my writing is done using the NI Komplete Kontrol S61. I also have the full collection of Roland Boutique Synth Modules to emulate sounds like the classic Jupiter 8 or the TR808 drum machine. I’m also a big fan of Output and have all their instruments including the great new loop tool “Arcade”. I have lots of synths in and around the studio and the Kurzweil PC3X is my main stage piano. There is an array of guitars and basses, a Roland TD 30, which we use to track all the live drums into Superior Drummer 3, and a Moog Theremin. On the new album I’ve also been using a lot of Mellotron through the Mtron Pro Soft Synth.

Plug-In wise for mixing I use the Waves Suite, Brainworx for EQ, Eventide T-Verb and the full Soundtoys suite.

All the strings on my albums are recorded live using a string quartet, either in separate sessions in my studio or sometimes I will hire a bigger studio if I need to record them together.

Tell us a bit more about your new release, The Fermi Paradox. How does the album provide listeners with information about you?

I like to write my instrumental albums around a central theme and The Fermi Paradox is about the human obsession with being alone in the universe and the billions of dollars we spend trying to seek out new life and conquer space, set against the juxtaposition that there are so many lonely and displaced people on our own planet ravaged by famine, warfare, social injustice and poverty. It also deals with making a connection between the loneliness of people as they get older, the isolation that social media can bring to people with the constant need for attention and the distraction that modern technology brings to ordinary people lives. We obsess about finding new intelligent life on other planets while slowing killing our planet with our consumerism and inability to live together in peace. I wonder what alien intelligence would make of us if they were observing us now!

The album features some prominent cosmologists discussing the search for extra-terrestrial life and key historical events surface across the different tracks, some obvious, some hiding in plain sight! Hopefully listeners will be taken on a journey with this album and each track reveals something new on each play through. Maybe a voice you never heard the first time or a musical part that fuels your imagination, I hope this album is an experience rather than just a collection of tracks. I grew up with the LP and I still buy and listen to whole albums rather than streaming a track here and there as playing an album used to be an experience and I’m trying to recreate that with The Fermi Paradox. I spent 3 months researching the subject matter before writing a note so hopefully listeners will enjoy the experience!

What stylistic differences exist between TFP and your last album, Omertà?

The Fermi Paradox has a different vibe to Omertà through the use of speech, backing vocals and more live drums. I think it still is recognizable as a Paul K album, but it expands from where Omertà left off and some of the tracks have a more dynamic live feel about them. I did this on purpose after we performed Omertà live last year and the mix of electronic and acoustic instrumentation was very well received. I have also been experimenting with different instrumentation and layers of sound and I think the last track, “Arecibo”, brings it all together as I had imagined it when thinking about the concept of the sound. On that track we have a choir, ebow guitar, fretless bass, layers of synths, piano, the live strings and a solo electric violin, Theremin and Mellotron and it ends with a great Arabic sample from the golden record, which is aboard the Voyager spacecraft, “Greetings to our friends in the stars. We wish that we will meet you someday”

A number of the songs on The Fermi Paradox have single-word titles (e.g. Anomaly, Exegesis, Embryonic). Is there something significant about these names?

Yes, I tried to keep the titles in line with the concept of the album as a whole and with each element of the story that the track portrays. For example, the opening track, Anomaly, refers to the fact that we may be the only lifeform in the universe as the creation of life needs a complete series of events and circumstances to happen and, divine intervention aside, maybe we are unique at this time in the history of the cosmos. I’ve read a few reviews of the album where the reviewer has done research on the song titles and I think that’s great that the album has ignited an interest in the subject matter.

Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

I have very eclectic tastes in music, but my all-time biggest influences are David Bowie and Kate Bush. They are pioneers and ground breakers never afraid to try something new that inspires others to also try something new. I’ve tried to capture that spirit on The Fermi Paradox and to experiment to get it to sound how I hear it in my head. I’ve also been a lifelong fan of Gary Numan and I’m a big admirer of Moby, Max Richter and David Sylvian. From a classical sphere, Chopin, Debussy and Satie are my most influential composers.

There are so many great artists I would like to perform with, but I think David Gilmour and Kate Bush would be my ultimate dream with either of their live bands thrown in for good measure!

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? What does the rest of 2018 hold for your music?

Interestingly my next album after Fermi, called “Reconstructed Memories” is in production now and is sounding like the stripped back companion to first two. It will feature just me and my cellist, Rachel Dawson, and is much more electronica based. It is dealing with the concept of false/implanted memories vs real memories and has a very chilled vibe about it in the early stages of recording. I am also getting ready to perform Fermi live later in the year and I’ve started writing the new Glitch Code album “Minimal” which we hope to release next year. So fairly busy!

How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?

My website http://www.paulk-music.com has samples from the albums on it as well as videos. You can also visit my YouTube channel or listen on Apple Music or Spotify. There are links to all my channels and feeds on the social panel on the site.

How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online responses been for your discography?

The response to my work has been amazing and the positive reviews have been very humbling.  I’m so glad people enjoy listening to it and it spurs me on to the next project. I’ve done lots of radio interviews over the last year or so about “Omertà” and it is interesting to see how an album with a concept (not a concept album per se) sparks such enthusiasm which is reflected in the host’s lines of questioning and how they have interpreted the music. To see both the Glitch Code album and Omertà in people’s top albums of the year makes all the effort of getting your music out there and heard worthwhile!

Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Life is short and precious, time is eternal. If there are others out there we will eventually find each other but, in the meantime, lets learn to harness the energy and money we pump into exploring space and warfare into protecting our own planet and learning to live together in peace. Reach out to people who you can see are lonely and instead of viewing life through the screen of your smartphone, live in the moment and experience real human connection. Perhaps then we will be a more appealing species for extra-terrestrial intelligence to engage with in the future.

Thank you so much for your time.

No problem, it was a pleasure.

 

 

 

Donna Zed Interview

  1.  Today, we are speaking with Donna Zed. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Hello to all!

Well … I was born and raised in Switzerland, in the city of Lausanne, a pretty peaceful place. I got into music at a very early age. I don’t really remember how I first expressed my will to learn music but my parents were here to capture this: apparently I used to love dancing a lot everytime I would hear music on TV/radio/wherever. But I basically started classical piano at 8 years old at the Lausanne Conservatory!

2. What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your music?

It is honestly all a little bit random and freestyle. I’m all about feeling energies and colors and feeling the right ones. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s not good. Recording is just a step toward an end goal and I’m still learning a lot about it. What is important is getting to know what kind of result I would like to get from all this. In general, it’s a lot of work as I’m not working alone. I have to communicate what kind of result I would like from my drummer and bass player. The same goes for my sister who plays the violin. Yet at time I write the violin parts as I know what vibe a song should ring. We then rehearse to tease out the vibe and when happy, we do it live. Once the song matures, like good wine, we then set about recording it.

3. What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

For my previous EP I was very fortunate to record at Karma Studios Thailand. It is an exotic setting and, my my, they have all the tools you can wish for. It is the coolest of places – go there! For the next EP my approach and vibe is more “home-like” and raw as my voice apparently, a bit as it was done back in the 1960s, and for this reason I’m recording at the small studio of Belmont Rock School with Logic Pro X via a Zoom R16 and lots of cables and vintage mics! This is a whole new world for me, which I am still exploring and learning.

4. Tell us a bit more about your new EP. How is it different from your earlier offerings?

Well, this upcoming EP will be a lot more mature and structured unlike the previous EP where emotions run all over the place. Another noticeable difference with the previous EP will obviously be that it is not only piano and voice! Indeed it will be recorded with my band comprising Victor Despland on drums, Téo Ziga on bass, and my sister Vikki Zamaros on violin. Every new song has another story, another lesson learned behind it whether you can hear it or not: I hope to be able to convey this in way or another.

Lately, I have experimented with new styles, and I think this will come through the new EP. Next classically-related parts, there will be some experimentation with jazz or soul, but then, to each person his own interpretation as far as genre goes!

My music is a lot about a synergy, the end result of improvisation while writing what feels right, not what is supposed to be right.

5. Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?  

I would say David Bowie and Lady Gaga in terms of expression and “being myself” in general: I just love how they are themselves on and off stage, just expressing the multiple facets of their personality without caring about what others think.  But for my music, I would say Hans Zimmer and some other proggers have nurtured my style because they always manage to pack their music with tons of emotion to give you the shivers.

My dream lineup would be … this is such a difficult question!! If Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and Jimi Hendrix were still here I would LOVE to perform with them. Other than that, I do not really have a dream lineup of performers I would like to share a stage with. Everyone has something special and we all have something to learn from one another, whether musician, artist or not.

6. Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I get most interaction on Instagram! I just love it. Between stories and posts, you can really show what you want and this very quickly.

I’m not really familiar with the live internet performance thingy yet. I’m a bit of a hipster if you can say so. I like my “vintage” stuff, nothing beats human interaction. I thus love live performances and meets and greets after show.

7. What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

You can expect many things, more genre exploration, more everything.

You can find my music on every available streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal… Pandora is not yet available over Europe. I will soon put some stuff on Soundcloud as well!

The most response I have got was from Spotify! Some people actually sent me screen shots of their screen with my music on their phone or computer which, I found, was pretty sweet.

8. What does 2018 hold for your music?

New releases! More exploration! And collabs as well! Some are pretty different from what I usually do…

9. Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Only good vibes and spread love. Life is short and long at the same time so take advantage of every opportunity that is in front of you or create the opportunity for yourself. Everything will make sense one day!

Donna Zed

An Interview with Monique Barry

Today, we are speaking with Monique Barry. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

I grew up in a very musical household.  My Dad is an excellent piano player, mainly a stride player and can play anything by ear.  We grew up with lots of sing-alongs around the piano both at home and at my grand parents house.  I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 years old and started studying voice in my teens.  My folks were willing to support a classical line of instruction so that’s what I took until I could fend for myself.  I now teach music so have all the classical levels in practical piano and theory/history but spend my creative time writing songs and scoring for film working with more contemporary popular forms of music.  Continue reading “An Interview with Monique Barry”

World Void Web’s Alpha Interview

You have just released a new single, Alpha. It’s in Kannada; why did you choose this over other languages?

At the outset, it’s great to be talking to you again and thank you for showing interest in the film “Alpha” and the associated single “Kolegara” (The Killer). Kannada is a classical Indian language spoken widely in the southern state of Karnataka, the state I belong to. Many of your readers would be aware of the multi-lingual, multi-cultural ethos prevalent in India since times immemorial. This language stands as testimony to such rich and seemingly infinite legacy. The film “Alpha”, which is about the alpha state of sleep and certain experiences in that state that shape up the protagonist’s life, is scripted in Kannada, naturally alluding to the language for the song. So, as they say, a film chooses its crew, it also chooses the language I guess. Continue reading “World Void Web’s Alpha Interview”

Tony Valor Interview

Today, we are speaking with Miami-based artist Tony Valor. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I’ve been into music since I was a little kid. I would always observe my father when he was working on his projects as early as 3 Years old. I Tried to observe the most I could before getting into the practice of music. I knew since the beginning that this I what I wanted to be. I come from the USA originally but I’ve lived much of my childhood elsewhere. Lived in China for a few years of my childhood and then went back to America.

What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your music?

I like to build my songs from scratch. That includes singing, producing, recording, and sometimes even making the choreographies for that singles music video. When it comes to the producing field of the business I’m not really a fan of samples. And yes it does get difficult and requires patience because good ideas don’t come just like that all the time.  but with the endless effort and countless hours of trial and error you can develop  yourself to be the “sample maker” rather than the sample taker sorta speak. Once you’ve honed that skill you can be unstoppable.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I’ve started with protools and I will always love & use pro tools. It’s actually a pretty nice studio set we spent a lot of time building it. I was 16 at the time. One of my favorite plugins (programs) I use for sounds and quality is nexus!! I love nexus!! Highly recommended if you’re a music maker!!!

Tell us a bit more about your new single, D’ Nah Nah (Shaky Bum, Bum). There’re a few different versions of it, correct?

Yes there are 3 versions. 2 versions (English/Spanish) with an artist from Romania called Zuka. The third version is with a Philippine group called 4th impact.  My intentions for the listener with this single in particular is to have fun!! It’s a really fun song to jam to, dance to, and you can do pretty much anything else with it LOL;)

How does this song introduce you to listeners that may not be familiar with your music?

I like to think it reaches out to various types of audiences. The song is very culturally oriented. It has a lot of hip-hop, regeton, middle eastern, and pop elements. My intentions not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur is to expand my horizons, grow in every aspect and business venture that comes my way. To me it’s the only way to achieve that “global reach”.

Which artists are the greatest influences for you? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

The true influence is A lot of oldies!!! For instance, Charlie Parker, Eric Clapton, Metallica, the Beatles, Benny Goodman, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the police Neil young  etc. I’d love to perform with Justin Timberlake, Katy perry, bad bunny, faruko, The Weeknd, daft punk, future, wiz Khalifa, and Rihanna.

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I love instagram!! That’s where I’m active the most!! The difference is everyone is connected because of the internet. So without question you’ve a better chance at reaching out to many more through technology than doing it in person.

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

I wouldn’t even know what to expect from myself. We evolve everyday. As far as response is concerned I’ve gained enough notoriety and support to get me to this point in my career. A couple million views on my music videos and more engagement in social media than ever before. I’m great full however never satisfied. Everyday we only progress.

How’s Miami different than New York (e.g. culture, music, life)?

Miami has an extreme urban culture with the current generations. Also it’s  a very different mentality down south compared to up north. The music choice is actually similar in both states. Life in newyork is very fast paced. Down here we don’t have subways and a millions taxis .

What does 2018 hold for your music?

A Tony Valor you haven’t seen before. Many new styles and genres that I’ve adapted to and learned to love! Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers? 

When you fail and it stings, remember it’s not about how hard you can hit it. It’s about how hard you can get hit! Grow from your struggle. If there ain’t no struggle there ain’t no progress!! The struggle is the very thing that lets you see the value in your achievements and molds your thicker skin.

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Lyrikha Interview

Today, we are speaking with Lyrikha (Erica Leonard). Can you give us a little background information about yourself?  How did you get into music?

 

I was told I sang before I talked.   My mother was a great inspiration for me. She sang at home and church played the piano.  Her voice was so power I remember how it radiate our home.  I connected with music at a young age. I sang in church, school and then professionally as a career in music.  It was my calling as a child and needed to be expressed and experience. Continue reading “Lyrikha Interview”

Nipun’s NOOP sits down with us

Today, we are speaking with Nipun from NOOP. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Well I guess my tryst with music started at the age of 6, when i found myself plonking keys on a family friend’s piano. Apparently I was making music, much the the awe of my parents. They saw the spark in me, and put me into piano classes. Over the years, my interest spread as my intrigue with music in general did… I picked up the guitar, bass, drums, mouth organ, flute, xylophone, djembe, and kept the list growing… when I lived in india, I formed a band called public issue, which ended up becoming pretty popular, resulting in a couple of national tours and a lot of awards. I guess that’s what started my professional music career… almost happened joyfully by accident. Music has always been my first love, so everything I’ve done has come purely from a place of joy, which I feel keeps it moving in the right direction Cuz it’s coming from a sacred space.

 

You have just released a single, E-Volve. What all do you do on this track?

With NOOP, I’ve thus far released the single “E-volve”.. there is plenty more to come… I released “E-volve” to see how honest music with no lyrics  would resonate with the world… I think in terms of notes, melodies and chords more than words… so the music kept coming to me…. I decided to experiment with it and it t out to see how people would like it… but it far exceeded expectations!  With over 100,000 views on Facebook and 30,000 views on YouTube within a week of its launch!

For E-volve, after I put the team together, conceptualized, composed, performed guitar, produced, executive produced, mixed, mastered and edited the entire song, and video. Having said that, every element and person that was a part of it was crucial to its success… I’m extremely grateful for the incredibly talented musicians and filmmakers that lent me their skills: Lemuel Clarke on drums, Renny Goh on keys, Gabriel coll on bass, with the help of my incredible co-producer Brittney Grabill, and cinematographer Isiah Taylor.

 

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

I wrk primarily from a home studio… so I’ve got a very powerful Mac Pro as my production computer, my midi drum kit to me left, my full range hammer-action keyboard to my right, my guitars and basses on a rack next to the keyboard, a native instruments maschine on my desk, and a behringer mixing board as well… everything runs through my UAD card that is built into my Mac Pro. My main DAW is logic. I find it wonderful as a Composer… very intuitive, easy to use and fluid workflow… I also use a vast library of virtual instruments to do my demos. However once the NOOP track was fully composed, We recorded everything LIVE at blue dream studios, because I really wanted the audio to be live so that it’s as organic as possible!

 

You describe yourself as an instrumental fusion project; which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music?

I really love to listen to a diverse range of music to expand my style. My playlists go from classical eastern and world music, through jazz, hip hop, funk, RnB, Soul, Pop and Progressive Rock.

Some of my main influences to my music would probably be Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, Shakti, Emily King, Vulfpeck, Jill Scott, Dixie Dregs, Stevie Wonder, Jordan Rudess, Mateus Asato, Guthrie Govan. As you can see, it’s quite a mixed bag.

 

Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with? What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

I’ve had the most success so far with Facebook. Primarily, because it’s easier for viewers to continue watching your videos while they continue scrolling… This really helps with today’s incredibly low attention span that people have. While it pops up on facebook, people usually don’t have the patience to watch a video for more than 10 seconds…. So having the video go down into a corner, while they continue to scroll, I think is a fantastic feature that facebook allows for. Youtube is still great, but it’s a lot harder to spread.

Social media services are very different from face to face meetings and performances, in the sense that they reach a wider audience, and an audience who’s schedule may not even be accommodating enough to come out to a show. However… I think the two can co-exist beautifully, because once you’ve got a fan online, they’ll go through the trouble of seeing you live, cuz eventually, there is no experience like a live experience.

 

What should listeners expect from your music in the future?

In a nutshell, my listeners should expect the unexpected. I love to let the music just flow, without trapping myself within genres, and specifics. I like to stay modern with my sounds and production, while keeping an extremely organic, musical flow… But then again, since my influences are so widespread, it really depends on what inspires me next… But the common thread, that you’ll find in all my music… is that it’ll be approachable, easy to listen to, smooth, and it’ll take you on a journey.

 

How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

Well,.. it’s only been a couple of days since NOOP’S Single was available online due to some technical glitches, but as of now NOOP’s Single is available online on all the various music platforms (itunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc…) . It’s a niche market, but the market exists, and the fans are loyal. Judging by the response we received during the launch, I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s received on these platforms!

How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?

The easiest way as of right now is to follow our facebook page www.facebook.com/noopmusicofficial

And our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/noopofficial/

 

What does 2018 hold for your music?

Noop is going to be releasing another 2 singles very soon, after which we will be working on live performances, following which a full-length album will be in the works.

Thank you so much for your time.

My Pleasure

 

 

 

Collins and Streiss Interview

Today, we are speaking with Collins and Streiss. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

From early childhood, we both loved music and wanted to play and sing. For both of us, at the age of eight, Anton started on piano and Mark got his first guitar. Anton was encouraged to take lessons because of his natural musical ability. Mark heard the Beatles “She Loves You” and sung it as a toddler. Continue reading “Collins and Streiss Interview”