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Q. How would you describe your music?
A. It’s my music, it’s meant to express how I feel and discuss things that relate to me or interest me. When I’m depressed my music is depressing, when I’m angry my music is angry, and when I’m happy my music is happy. I don’t try to write a happy song when I’m depressed or a sad song when I’m happy. I also don’t enjoy polishing up my music too much, I’ve seen a lot of songs that could have benefitted from having a little less polish and a little more of a ‘raw’ feel, and I never wanted to say that about my songs. Of course, I saved all of my tracks on my computer, so if I ever decide that a mix needs to be improved I can go back to the song and improve it however I see fit. My song ‘Cute’ for instance originally featured spoken-word vocals and a tribal drum section.
Q. How would you describe your current approach to vocals as opposed to your earlier approach?
A. When I first started making music I did so with the intention of eventually having an actual singer re-record the vocals in the song, so my spoken-word vocals started out as a placeholder that would be removed once someone else recorded their own vocals for the song. Of course, nobody wanted to sing my songs, so I just continued using the style of vocals. Eventually I decided to experiment a little more with my vocals by using clean singing, then I started using vocal fry, then I started using falsetto and now I use a shrieking style of singing. I’ve just been enjoying experimenting with my voice and improving as much as possible. I like to think that the people who are following my work are finding my progression at least a little interesting.
Q. Your lyrics seem to cover strange topics, such as vorarephilia, child molestation, incest, death and cartoons. Why do you write the lyrics that you write?
A. I enjoy listening to underground music. The kind of underground music that interests me tends to be the kind with unusual lyrics, or lyrics that don’t generally appeal to mainstream audiences. I remember enjoying the satanic lyrics on Venom’s debut album, not because I enjoy satanic lyrics, but because there was a certain attitude behind the lyrics that I enjoyed. That was the attitude that I wanted to bring to my music, a sense that I am fascinated by the subject matter, but that I don’t actively support a lot of what I sing about. There’s a bit of a humorous attitude to my most provocative lyrics, but some people take my lyrics seriously, which is kind of a shame. Part of the reason why I used falsetto vocals on ‘Vore’ is so that people wouldn’t take the song seriously. There are certain people who would take a song like that and sing it straight-faced and in the process they would turn it into a bigger joke than it is.
Q. You’ve also written songs about Jim Sterling and Tara Strong. Is there any reason why you would write about those two people over anyone else?
A. Actually, the instrumental that I wrote and named after Jim was simply because the song didn’t have a title. I needed to call the song something, so I named it after Jim. Tara Strong was named after Tara because I was thinking about a conversation I had with my sister about Tara Strong at the time. There’s not a lot of significance to the names. I do admire Jim and Tara though.
Q. In the descriptions for a few of your songs I’ve seen you talk about your personal life. In one of them you talk about how you were raped as a child, in another you talk about your sister, in another you talk about your struggle with autism. How does your personal life influence your music?
A. My personal life dictates how much time I have to record my music. When I have more free time I’m able to record more songs, when I’m sad I record sad songs. Of course, there’s a certain coldness to my music that probably comes from living in Canada. Long walks in the snow with cold wind blowing on my face as I walked to school, or to work, or for fun probably contributed to my sound. There’s also a sense of emptiness where I live, since there are wide open spaces with nothing to fill them, as well as the modern emotionless technology that has become a part of my daily life. To put on a fake smile despite the cold, the loneliness, and the emptiness feels insincere.