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What first drew you into music?

To be honest I’m not sure what exactly drew me into music. I just knew from a very young age that I love playing and listening to music. I had dreams of being a singer and a guitar player actually. I used to burn so many CDs and when mp3 players/iPods became a thing, you can bet your ass that I immediately got one. The way music makes me feel is…indescribable. Its what fuels me and what gives me purpose in this life.

Your track “Screenslayer” is absolutely amazing! How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative process like?

I’m so glad you enjoy “Screenslayer”!  I take a lot of inspiration from outside dance music. I grew up on genres such as Metal, Punk, Emo, Rock, Alternative and even Classical. All of that spills into what I create now. There’s a certain vibe and style that those genres have and I want to bring that into Dance Music.

As for my creative process, I usually start off writing a guitar riff or use a sample(s) and go from there. Once I get one that I really like, everything just starts to compound off that and grow. It helps shape the sound palette I want to use, arrangement, tempo, lyrics, style etc. One of my biggest musical inspirations is actually a video game composer/sound designer named Mick Gordon (notable works being: DOOM (2016), Prey, Wolfenstein). During a GDC conference, he dives into the music of DOOM and his process and gives a piece of advice that I took to heart and practice to this day.

“Change the process, change the outcome”. Once I started implementing this into my work, just like he said, everything changed. I started connecting dots that I normally didn’t see and well, really started to create something unique. 

Going over your Soundcloud we can tell you love experimenting with new sounds. Can you tell us more about your studio setup and some of your favorite plugins/instruments? 

For the record, this didn’t happen in a short time. The sound I have achieved took years of bitter work, experimentation and frustration. And I’m still not done with it. But that’s part of the Artist’s Journey right? We learn to love it because its what gets us up in the morning.

Your music sounds very organic and authentic. Do you play any real-life instruments? 

Thank you for saying that my music sounds organic and authentic! I spend a lot of time making sure that it does. I do play real-life instruments. I am a pianist and spent a few years learning guitar during my adolescence. I use my knowledge of instruments to make my music sound as organic as possible, my mentality writing these parts is “how would a drummer, guitar player, pianist play these parts?”

What are your musical goals for the future?

My main goal is to go on tour. Playing live is something I’ve always dreamed about and there’s no greater feeling than to watch a crowd of people lose it to something you’ve created. I want to bring the love I have for music and give it to anyone willing to listen. 

What are your goals for the coming months? Any upcoming projects we can get excited about?

For the next coming months I want to get my music placed on Spotify playlists and to release more. I’m sitting on so much music now and I want to share it with the world. Lately I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many talented musicians/producers and I’m so thankful. One of these songs is actually dropping this month so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Also I have been working on an EP with another artist that’s dropping on one of my favorite labels and its my biggest project to date. I’m really excited for everyone to hear it. Although the “KALCYFR” project is still in its infancy, I think these next few months will be big for me and I can’t wait.

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