dep-isis

I’ve been making music since probably right around 1994. That’s when I had the realization that I could use our family’s computer to make music on. From that point on, it was something of an obsession. It still is. I’ve always been compelled to make music, and since I started playing with notation software and old DOS style trackers, I taught myself to play guitar and piano, and it just grew from there. I always try to learn new techniques, new equipment, new instruments, new ways of making sounds and then blending them together. I like to use an array of electronic toys and gadgets to create atmospheric and melodic soundscapes, often trying to juxtapose them with rhythms.

So I have been a “bedroom producer” (for lack of a better term) for quite a while. Still humbled and fascinated by the process. It’s a journey that I’m enjoying immensely.

My methodology with making music has always been to start from the ground-up, building a song around my own individual samples that I pull from various field recordings. This is how I make my rhythm and instruments, transforming knocks against the piano or snippets from banging on other various objects in to the percussive elements. If one listens closely, they may be able to pick out bits from chirping birds, door creaks, and dish clinks. I don’t like using other people’s samples, though I have before. I don’t like canned beats or loops. I want to make everything from the ground up, and I’ve been aspiring to do just that with each piece. I’ve always found that the final product is much more personally satisfying when I work this way.

A whole separate challenge is how to re-create these compositions on a live stage through an array of loop pedals, live effects, keyboards, and other electronic gadgets. Getting on a stage and performing is a completely different ballgame than working in a studio. I’m definitely so incredibly wet behind the ears, and learn with each show, so I can’t say that every performance has been this astounding work of art, but it’s almost as if I’m exposing myself to people who want to come to my personal journey of self-discovery. So the shows are what they are: honest, heart-felt renditions, and a snapshot of where I am right now with all of this. Those who I am so fortunate to have seen over and over again at various shows are on this journey with me, and I’m happy to have them there.

I’ve been so happy to meet so many amazing people, and have some friends out there that I can consider true, loyal fans. I maintain this website and I work to stay active here in my hometown of Asheville, NC, and its very fascinating electronic music scene. I like to think that a show is one part entertainment and one part teaching the audience a little bit about the inner workings of an often misunderstood genre, and I’ll continue to try and do that.