The Artists

The Unused Word

January 2nd, 2014

Dark / Dusty / Honest • Vienna, Austria •

“I exist to hug unhappy or discontent people with my music.”

Unraveled Artist Interview:

Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: When I recorded ‘Heaven’, I was having a creative dry spell. I was finishing two major projects at the same time: mixing all the tracks for my debut EP ∞, and curating and finishing a remix project for the Composers’ Forum Mittersill (KoFoMi). It was fun, but I hadn’t worked on any new tracks in months. One night, when I was already pretty tired, I thought, ‘What the heck… I’m tired anyway, why not get more tired and start a new song.’ I sat down, started playing, and completely forgot everything around me. By the time it was morning, ‘Heaven’ was finished. I sent it to my label boss Mosch right away, and he said, ‘Congratulations, that’s an excellent track. We could still put it on the EP, if you like.’ I was super happy about that, because I felt this was the one track that displayed how I felt at that time – terribly exhausted, but full of hope and reassurance, if that makes any sense. The phrase, ‘Heaven’s bursting with rays of light’ somehow stands for my need for a creative outlet, I was bursting with feelings. To me, the time I spent recording ‘Heaven’ was a long moment of big relief, and I can still relate to this intensity when I play it live today. To me, it was also the last step of my debut EP, the last piece of a puzzle. Kind of like it had to happen. And I’m glad and thankful it did.

Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: Good, tough question. I don’t know, there are no specific hopes from my side. Working on ‘Heaven’ was so satisfying for me that I don’t think I have any wishes concerning what the track should evoke in a listener. If someone feels something while listening to it, it’s the biggest and most fulfilling gift to me. I almost had tears in my eyes when I played it at our label night last year, and there was a girl in the front row, peacefully singing along, smiling at me. Those are the moments. It’s a strong feeling of togetherness.

Q: How can people support you further?
A: There are a few ways. ‘Infinity’ is still online on Bandcamp, and one can buy the digital release for 4€ (should be $5.50 right now). There’s also the chance to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. That’s also a good way to get updates, as there will be a new release rather soon. It always moves me when people tell me they enjoy my music – that’s one of the most beautiful things that can happen. Or people screaming and applauding at concerts… you know, when there’s a live gig, you’re all creating the moment together, and it’s beautiful to get the feeling that there’s a positive, friendly vibe, a situation of support and agreement that is being shared.

Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: It would be cool if I could help a few people face their fears by being honest in my music, and maybe even help them move on. I have no real demands from life – whatever happens, happens. This way I’m never really disappointed, but still pleasantly surprised when new things or circumstances are developing in a positive way.

Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: There are a few genres I graze, like Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Pop, but also ‘Classical’ music, Jazz, and Soul. I’d describe it as dark, dusty, honest, hopeful, and soft.

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