Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Quick Sit-Down with BC's own, Teen Daze

photo credit ; Sharalee Prang

To me, beautifully crafted ambient music is something that's a rarity to come by these days. Something that you can just relax and have a good think to is so intricately delicate, that whenever I find it, I'm grasping to know more and more about. 

Jamison Isaak, who goes by the alias of Teen Daze, is an Abbotsford-born delight, who's acclaim thus far has landed him continuous praise in Pitchfork, overseas tours, and even having his music used in a stunning Drake Doremus film. The atmospheric ambient pop is your perfect vibey music to have an absolute out-of-body experience to, and completely immerse yourself in. 

His fifth LP, Themes For Dying Earthwill be released February 10th but until then, we're all graced with a short, but absolutely stunning documentary, which chronicles the making of the album. It's a total dream to watch, and is narrated by Jamison, who talks about the high stress of touring, growing up in the Fraser Valley, and the looming dangers of global warming.



Jamison and I had a chance to chat about the documentary, local hidden gems in Abbotsford, his upbringing, and of course, his lovely lil' cat, Ellie.

Anxiety. That's a heavy topic you tackled in your documentary. What's one thing you find yourself doing when you're stressed out. Apart from making music, how do you mellow out?

I think a healthy combination of scheduling, comfort, and trying to live holistically keeps me feeling balanced.  There's a lot to unpack with those three words, but it pretty much comes down to trying to have a project that I'm working on, making sure that I take care of myself when I need to, and trying to live as healthy of a life as possible.  The 'healthy' life is probably the most important aspect; when I'm not getting enough physical exercise, or filling my body with bad food/too much alcohol, then everything tends to get out of whack.

You say you appreciate balance in your life. When you come home from touring, how do you offset all that chaos?

Usually the biggest thing for me is being able to have the comforts that I miss when I'm on tour, for example, sleeping in my own bed every night, having my clothes organized in a closet, being able to keep my toothbrush out in the bathroom.  Essentially not having to live out of a suitcase.  I realize more and more that I'm a total creature of habit, and that I like repetition and pattern, so the chaos and randomness of tour is what really wears me down.  When I come home, I like for things to be the way I know and like them to be.

You did a 7 month trip with your wife. How was that? Where did you go? Do you find that trip influenced your music at all?

It was a truly amazing experience: we started with a week in Iceland, followed by about three weeks on mainland Europe (this section was a part of a tour).  Then we headed to Australia for three months, a month in New Zealand, and then back into Australia for another few weeks.  We left Western Australia towards Bali, where we spent 10 days, and then to Japan from there.  Saw some really beautiful places in the world, made some great friends, ate and drank amazing food/drink, surfed, sat on the beach, took lots of pictures.  It was the trip of a lifetime for sure.  The trip definitely influenced the music; I took a lot of field recordings as we travelled, and I actually got to incorporate a few of them into the new record.  I didn't have much time to write/record as we travelled, but lots of time to come up with new ideas and concepts. 

I also noticed you have an adorable cat! How does she feel about you going on tour. Does she miss you when you come back? I know cats can be emotional little critters.

HA!  Oh man, thank you for asking this question.  That's Ellie, and I'm her biggest fan.  She's a really affectionate cat, so we have a strong bond (not as strong as she has with my wife, but that's a different issue).  She's also quite the creature of habit, so when I'm not around, my wife says that she definitely acts a little weird.  Of course, when I get home, I've lost her scent from my clothes/shoes, so it takes her a day or two to get acquainted with me.

And your wife? What's role does she play in your music. Be it inspirational, anything.

She's the best, just all around.  She keeps me grounded, but is also my biggest fan.  She's supportive in every aspect of what I do, and is an amazing teammate in all of it.  Our relationship has been about open communication in everything, right from the start, so I never feel embarrassed to show her new music, or to ask her opinion on creative ideas.  I think she feels that she can be honest with me about how things are sounding/feeling as well.  When she really likes something, it's usually a good sign. 


photo credit ; Sharalee Prang

What are your plans for this coming summer?

Lots and lots of shows!  So far nothing's quite set in stone, but if you live somewhere in North America, then hopefully I'll be playing a show within a short drive of you.  Hopefully some time to just spend doing nothing by the lake too.

You also talk about school in the short film. I understand you got your degree. What was that in?

It's in Theology, with wide variety of classes touching on art philosophy, literature, history and music.  It's like a general Humanities degree, without really being labeled as such.  Let's just say I left with a deep respect for people like Madeline L'engle, Annie Dillard and Sufjan Stevens.

Let's talk about Abbotsford, where you grew up. What are things to do there? Any local gems or hidden spots? I understand it's becoming quite the thriving place to be.

It's weird that Abbotsford has gotten to the point of being a "place to be", but alas.  I have a love/hate relationship with it; like I said earlier, I'm a person of habit, and I since I'm so familiar with Abbotsford, I feel a comfort in being here.  It has been an amazing year to see it start to develop a great local business scene.  My friends' have an amazing cafe called Oldhand, and there's a handful of cool shops that have opened in the last year, that are all run by great younger people trying to invest in the culture.  On the flip side, it's a bit of an urban planner's nightmare in terms of it's functionality of a city.  It's ridiculously spread out, and yet always feels like it's too small to serve the amount of people that live there.  Not a lot in the way of bike-friendliness, or efficient public transport, so you're usually required to spend at least 20 mins. in your car, no matter where you're trying to get.  Anyways, all that being said, it's been home for long enough that I can let a lot of my problems with the city slide, and focus on the good.

Your LP was written, recorded, and mixed all in BC. Do you ever associate specific spots with it? Sort of, memories I guess.

Certainly!  There's a lot of natural beauty in the area, and I've been trying to be more intentional about getting out and enjoying some of the things that make living here so great.  This record will always be associated with this house that my wife and I have been in for the last year.  It's about 20 mins from Abbotsford, on the side of a mountain, close to the lake and in the woods.  There's a few hiking trails and lakes nearby that I'll always be inspired by.

How would you say you've grown as an artist. Since 2010 to now, 2017.

In many, many ways.  When I first started, I had very little aspirations to be a legitimate, professional musician.  That had always been a dream, but with the first Teen Daze EP, I was really just having fun and not considering much.  There's mistakes in the production of those first few releases that I hear, and that I would never let pass now.  It all makes sense really: I was 23 when I made that first record, I didn't have much responsibility in life, and really no audience to be held accountable to.  I think I take the fact that I do have an audience and a fanbase much more seriously now.  I want to create good music, not just for my own sake, but for their sake too.  I think I've also dealt with things over the last six years that have made me more an older, probably more cynical, person.  This makes its way into my music pretty naturally; Four More Years had a lot of inside jokes within it, whereas the new record is called Themes For Dying Earth.  That's a pretty significant shift in name alone.

How do you feel about all these brilliant successes that have come about with you working as Teen Daze. Be it having Pitchfork recognize you, having your music in a major film like Equals, what's the biggest sort of milestone to you? 

I still get stoked whenever those types of things happen.  I'm incredibly thankful that I get to do this as a career, and these are the types of things that propel me to try and sustain it.  And to be honest, if those successes didn't happen, I'd still be making music.  I feel like I win either way.  I've been able to meet some of my musical heroes thanks to this project, and even become friends with some of them, and to me that's been the greatest joy that comes along with the success. 



Speaking of Equals, how did that opportunity come about? The movie has a very calm and fitting aesthetic that resonates beautifully with your music.

Drake Doremus, the director, has been a fan for a little while, and he used a song of mine in the trailer for one of his earlier films.  I was really honoured to have that song in Equals, especially just to see the way it was used, and to have that scene be such a beautiful moment in the film.  It felt incredible.

When you first got involved in music, what was the first instrument you gravitated towards? What were some inspirational artists to you growing up? How about artists nobody would guess you're into?

Believe it or not, but the saxophone was my number one.  I had a toy sax as a toddler that my parents' have said was my favourite.  I started playing the piano early, and the drums when I got to middle school.  My dad always had a guitar around the house, and there were always lots of record and music around, so I grew up admiring anything that was music-related.  I listened to a lot of classic rock at a young age; in Grade 4 I can remember getting the Beatles Anthology CDs and obsessing over them.  We also got MuchMusic around that same time, and I watched...so...much.  So I was really into anything "alternative", or, anything that was on a Big Shiny Tunes CD.  In same breath, I also loved dance music (or anything on the Much Dance CDs), and when Daft Punk's Homework came out, I was completely obsessed.  Maybe a band people wouldn't assume I'm into would be Smashing Pumpkins?  I have an unwavering love for anything they released from 1991-2000.

Your analogy for cherry blossoms was lovely. You're clearly someone who takes care to notice the beauty in little things, and translate it into your music. You call them, "a symbol of things coming and going". They're passing things that are only around for 2 weeks. You put this in a positive light. Was there ever a time you would view life passing by you so quickly as a negative?

The trip my wife and I took felt like it was moving so quickly, and we tried to savour as much of it as possible, but that's a time I wish we could have done in slow-motion.  Also, any trip to Hawaii has passed by me far too quickly.

Climate change. Let's talk about that for a moment. It's an important issue and I'm glad artists like yourself are out there trying to send a message. If there was one thing you wanted to say and communicate to your fans about the environment; what would that be?

Don't take the natural world for granted, and your actions do, and can, make a difference.

As much as this blog is about music, film also plays a huge role. Are there any films that you've loved in the last little while?

I have a long list of films that I haven't seen that I need to, which include Moonlight, Loving, Arrival, to name a few.  The last movie I watched was Don't Think Twice, which was made by Mike Birbiglia and is about improv culture.  It's kind of an existential crisis film for people in their 30s, which, needless to say, is right up my alley.

Last, but not least, tea or coffee?

I like them both, but I definitely drink more coffee.  My dentist would probably wish I stuck to tea.

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Themes For Dying Earth is released February 10th. Pre-order it here

Otherwise, looking to hear more? Check out Teen Daze's Spotify below:



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Friday, January 13, 2017

The XX - I See You


Well folks, it's out, and it seems like The XX are finally out of their shell. 

The London natives which have been in the spotlight as shy introverts since Coexist came out in 2009, seem to have finally taken the helm of their star power, and confidently return with I See You, their third album. After what has been a 5 year wait for all of us fans (and honestly, probably felt like a decade), it's so wonderful to see that they're back, complete with a soundtrack to your next love story; from initial puppy-eyed first date to the ultimate tumultuous break up, that leaves you absolutely shattered.

We all know it, The XX have always been the hopeless romantics. As Romy sings on I Dare You, "I've been a romantic for so long, all I've ever had are love songs." This album makes you FEEL. And it makes you feel something intense. Be it lustful romance, a hurt longing, it plays with your emotions and takes you on a whirlwind of a ride.  A Violent Noise is your harsh make-out track, while Replica is great for unwinding and brooding, alternatively a great late-night driving song. It totally plays off of Jamie Smith's more tropical influences from his solo work.

Speaking of Jamie Smith (Jamie XX), after the success of his solo dance-influenced LP In Colour, you can tell that they experiment with some more upbeat tracks. Dangerous sounds like it could have belonged on In Colour, and the catchy Hall & Oats-sampled On Hold are definitely different than what we've previously heard. But you know what? It works. 

The biggest difference you'll notice on this album is yeah, of course, they're still brooding, but half the time they sound happy. Along with that happiness is the ballsy sort of assurance they have with boldly expanding outward from their minimalist sound that they're famous for. As a third album, it's their most pop-y one yet, but still maintains the signature traits that will definitely give their old fans that XX fix that they've waited so long for.

Yesterday also marks the day I finally bought tickets to hear the trio live for the first time this coming April. I am beyond ridiculously excited. Especially with an album that packs so much intensity, and one that's even filled with danceable tracks like On Hold (which has a massive big-stadium feel), I See You was made to be heard live. 

It's nice to see The XX opening themselves up to new styles, all the while still maintaining the melancholy but absolutely stunning dream pop that we've all come to associate them with. They have managed to give us a more uptempo environment, without losing a single piece of emotion and passion that they want us to re-live with them. It's brilliant to see The XX are back, and finally bursting with confidence.





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Monday, January 9, 2017

Galiano Island - A Hidden Airbnb Gem


Well you guys, I said I'd do it and I did. I finally went and stayed in that absolutely magical and rustic lil' cabin in the woods (full post here).

I'm totally on the Airbnb bandwagon from now on. Genuinely, truly, absolutely hooked. It's just SUCH a cheap alternative, especially for younger 20-something year olds that live in a bigger city and pay obscene rent prices (AKA me, AKA all my friends, welp, welp, welp). Not to mention that most people I know that are my age are out for adventure, and would much rather experience something offbeat and unique, as opposed to a bland all-inclusive resort somewhere.

Anyways, Airbnb really offers you some unique spots, and kind individuals who are ready to take you in and let you explore the wonderful locations they call home. I've seen phenomenal listings, all of which I want to try. I've come across old buses that have been converted into homes, vintage trailers, repurposed barn houses, the list is endless. So far, I've only experienced Jennifer and Jack's rustic little treat, hidden away on Galiano Island, but man oh man, I'm 100% going back.


Trevor and I ended up going away for  a few days this past December, excitedly expecting it to look just like it did in the photos. Did it ever deliver. After getting to the island, we drove to the cabin and found it tucked away, with a little sign that our hosts set up, making it super easy to find. Turning the corner we saw the little slice of heaven, already decorated in adorable Christmas lights, making it look like an absolute peach. Jen and Jack were kind enough to even turn on the space heater, so it  was nice and warm the second we stepped inside.

Everything about this place was perfection. From the absolutely quintessential "cabin in the woods" vibes, the adorable and homey furniture, to the wicked loft bed that you have to climb to get to, it was all so much fun. There's a nice little window next to the bed as well, that you can open up and breathe in the crisp air while staying bundled up under the covers.


Jennifer was a wicked host too, she came to visit us and gave us a map of all the rad spots on the island to explore.  Unfortunately, we couldn't get enough of playing house and putzing about the cabin, so we basically didn't leave our little home all weekend.

Other amenities of this masterpiece? An outdoor shower and a fire pit, perfect for sitting around. There's a trail leading to a pebble beach perfect for the summer, and besides the bed we slept in, there's a pull-out couch, making this cabin ideal for 2 other pals you want to bring along with you.

I really do recommend Airbnb (and this adorable cabin for all you British Columbians!) looking for a nice and relaxing getaway. The price point for the cabin was such a steal too, sitting at $70 per night. Everything is taken care of, you just have to get to the cabin and bring your own grub.

Want to see this cabin for yourself? Find the Airbnb link here.

Happy traveling!




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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Autopsy of Jane Doe: An indie art-house treat


Well. That was absolutely traumatizing. In an amazing way. 

Man oh man, I can safely say I haven't left a theatre feeling so content (or absolutely terrified) with a movie in a while, and on top of that a horror movie? That's unfathomable. Usually my in-theatres horror movie selections leave me thinking "excuse me", or being utterly enraged over an ending, or the characters, etc etc. But this? This was phenomenal. 

This past weekend I had delight of seeing The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which snuck into select theatres among the hustle and bustle of the holdiays and feel-good films. This gem comes to us by way of Norwegian director André Øvredal who gave us TROLLHUNTER back in 2010. 

NOTE: Errr, TROLLHUNTER left kind of a bad taste in my mouth, so maybe I'm not the best person to advocate it. That being said, everyone I know loved it, and it got bomb reviews. Personally, the found footage thing? Overdone beyond belief. And don't even get me started on the characters.

ANYWAY, back to Jane Doe. Much more of a clean, and well-thought out film, with a slow and building tension, and exceptionally rational characters. When I talk about rational characters in horror films, that's really saying a lot, since the genre is flooded with moronic decisions, made by equally moronic leads, that have you facepalming, after facepalming, after facepalming. The cool thing about Jane Doe, is that you have two characters, in the roles of two coroners doing an autopsy, applying logic as to why and how the victim passed away. It's almost like you're watching a crime thriller for the first bit, with an eerie sort of unsettling calm that's backed by the fact that the whole thing takes place in a morgue. Creepy, right?


LOGIC.

The coroners, are a father son duo, played by Brian Cox and Emile Hersch, and their back and forth banter really makes you warm up to both of them. The wicked thing about the duo, is that even as slightly off-putting things start happening, the two refuse to discuss anything supernatural occurring around them, and consistently try to find solutions that are backed by ration and reason. Not to mention the brilliant character development that's happening over the course of the movie, which is another factor that's often missed in horror films. You end up really feeling for these two, and rooting for them wholeheartedly.




Øvredal also does a wonderful job of throwing in little details that add to the overall overwhelming creepiness. One thing I'm going to say is, pay attention to sounds in this one. They play a huge role. Be it from the quiet calm with creaks, gory sound effects, specific lyrics or words spoken in the background on the radio, to the most terrifying faint bell noise you'll hear in the history of horror, Øvredal really toys with all your senses, and gets your heart pumping. I can really attest to the fact that 20 minutes in, I was squeezing Trevor's hand to the point where I was crushing it, with my adrenaline pumping like no tomorrow. 



I'm really liking the direction that horror is going in. I've noticed recently a spark in the foreign art-house horror genre that really pays more attention to beautifully shot films, with thought and care being put into an otherwise cast aside genre. This means horrors are being nominated for things that make them serious contenders among other more "developed" catagories. Other films I would note for someone looking to get into this subgenre would be Goodnight Mommy, and The VVitch.

In the meantime, GO WATCH THIS FILM. I am giving it a firm thumbs up to any horror fan. Even for people that aren't too keen on horror, I promise you this is a good one. It doesn't rely on too many jump scares and really plays with your senses in another way, a way that has been cast aside in the more mainstream horror movies out there.

Happy 2017 everyone! 

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Weekly Spotify Music Find: ACID GHOST


Bless Spotify music binges. And bless finding super rad artists like Acid Ghost

As some of you may know, I've been on this lo-fi, dream pop orgy for the past few weeks and have had such a great time discovering so many smaller, indie acts. As of late, my ears have had the great pleasure of listening to Acid Ghost, San Francisco's duo made up of Ace Barcelon and his pal, Mikey Mendoza. With 6 albums under their belt under a span of only a few years, there's so many gems for you to peruse through, be it head-bobbing indie pop, to super pensive and moody lo-fi, taking you back to being a kid in your parents' basement, obviously hating the world. 

Much like is the case with this sort of dream pop sound, the chill atmosphere of the music really makes you want to hop in a car and drive off somewhere, becoming totally immersed in whatever Acid Ghost are throwing at you. I've even had the pleasure of going nuts and telling everyone I know about this San Fran duo, which has lead to other cool collaborations. But more on that at the end of this post.

I had the absolute pleasure of chit-chatting to Ace from Acid Ghost yesterday, and we talked all about his sound, French New Wave films, and his own personal, go-to panty dropping beats. 

Guys, meet Ace. 

Your music has the ability to completely take you in, immerse you in a totally different world. One of my favourite songs, New York, just seems to be filled with this sort of heaviness or emotion. Would you say you use your music as a therapeutic outlet?

Yeah music is definitely an outlet for me, I think that's what music is about really, something that you can express your emotions with.

Where does your inspiration come from? I see mentions of Mac DeMarco strewn about (which is clearly evident in your sound as well), your new album seems to pay some homage to Warhol, and I even read on your bandcamp page you're into French New Wave films! That's all super rad.


I guess the whole Mac thing is poking fun at how mostly everything with indie is associated with Mac since how popular he is so I just joke around saying how my music is classified as Mac DeMarco, haha. As a huge Godard fan, I'm really curious What your favourite Godard movie is? Are there any other New Wave films we should be all taking note of?
Yes! I'm a huge Godard fan. Definitely Masculin Féminin! That's my fav New Wave film.
As for Andy Warhol, can you tell me a little bit about why you're so drawn to him? You named your most recent album [Warhol] after him. I was always drawn to how he presented his art. He wanted to make art that was accessible to everyone, and that's kind of what the idea was with Warhol. Lot's of poppy tunes that are accessible to ears. With all these inspirations you borrow from, be it from other musicians, films, fashion, artists..art is clearly something you are completely engulfed in...what would you say art means to you? Art definitely liberates my mind and allows me to be more individualized as cliché as that sounds.. but it's true.



Acid Ghost is the sort of music that makes you feel like a teenager again, off on your first date. Sweaty palms, nervous eyes, and feeling absolutely and completely alive. Did you have a go-to artist you serenaded the ladies with back in high school? Hmm. Definitely All Star by Smash Mouth. That's a panty dropper. Anybody you're currently listening to that we as readers would never guess? I absolutely love black metal and experimental music. A bit of old country and i adore Kanye West. he's my biggest inspiration. I know in the past you mentioned you don't see yourself wanting to sign to any label any time soon. That's super cool and definitely draws home the idea that Acid Ghost is first and foremost about the music. Any advice for other indie acts out there that are trying to continue the self-made route? Advice for the indie acts: just stick to your beliefs really and continue to remind yourself why you started making music in the first place. In a recent Facebook post, I noticed you mentioned you wanted to start diving into fashion. What avenues were you looking to take? What sort of future does that hold for Acid Ghost? In a few years I have this goal of making my own line of clothing. I want everyone that's in the art scene to wear my stuff, that'd be a dream. If you notice, there isn't a brand of clothing in the indie scene that people migrate to. Just band tees and thrifted denim clothes with buttons on them. I want to make a brand that everyone can shop at aside from thrifts and used clothing. It'll take me a while, but that's what i'm most passionate about right now. I made 6 albums with Acid Ghost in a span of a few years. I think my outlet is done for now with music. But whenever the time is right for cheesy breakup music, I'll release it under Acid Ghost with the help of my friend Mikey.
*all imagery courtesy of Acid Ghost

And in other really cool Acid Ghost news? I was beyond stoked to see the boys over at Timelapse Film using the song Life from Acid Ghost's Warhol album for their lifestyle piece on local Vancouver Creative Designer, Collar Kenny. Check it out, it's bomb as. 






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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Weekly Spotify Music Find: CASTLEBEAT


Holidays to me are literally all about cooping yourself up at home and music-binging all day, discovering smaller artists and being genuinely stoked on hearing new tracks. Cue CASTLEBEAT.

Josh Hwang, under CASTLEBEAT, is a totally self-produced Californian based artist with such a stunning lo-fi, dream pop sound that it'll immediately make you want to pack up all your bags in an old school VW van and cruise down the West Coast. I fell in love with this cool cat's demo when I came across it on Spotify, followed by his self-titled album. Especially with all this snow going on in Vancouver right now, I can't help but immerse myself in this catchy but definitely chill vibe. A sort of vibe that makes you long for summer nights and endless road trips. The sort of vibe that transports you to an entirely different time and place.

I caught up with CASTLEBEAT for a quick lil' interview, and we talked about his rad DIY recording process, 90s-inspired nostalgia, running his own music label, and of course, Twin Peaks. 

I did a little bit of research on you and your music, and I'm curious to know, do your Californian roots inspire your beachy vibe? What else would you say has influenced you?

I honestly don’t try to have a beachy vibe. Maybe it’s something I do subconsciously since everyone around Southern Cali is big into the surf rock scene. But I’d say that garage rock in general has been a big influence on my music. The EP I’m working on right now will have a new sound though. 

Your music totally has this nostalgic feel that takes you back to perfect carefree summers. What sort of music did you listen to growing up?

I think I really started listening to music when I got my first iPod (iPod Nano I think). I didn’t know how to put music on it so I had a family friend transfer his music onto it. Basically all I had on that iPod was the Doors, Pink Floyd, and Oasis, which I was forced to listen to. I remember thinking that the Doors were really weird for the longest time, but then they later became one of my favorite bands. From then I started getting into garage rock and then shoegaze/postpunk, anything with a good melody honestly. but this is basically what I Iistened to growing up – old psychedelic pop music.

I want to know a little bit more about you recording everything in your bedroom. That's really rad and gives the whole album such a cool, raw sound. How was that process? Was there a reason you decided to skip the studio?

Basically just me recording in the garage/bedroom, trying to sound as good as possible with mediocre equipment. In most castlebeat recordings, I kinda whisper sang since I didn't want to wake people/be heard singing. Kinda like how Elliott Smith does vocals.
Other than just being a lot cheaper, I think it gives the music a different, more authentic feel. I know some people that pay a lot to get their stuff produced, mixed, and mastered, and then they just end up with a generic sound. I also like to be able to say that I recorded everything myself, then people will know that what they’re hearing is all me and not some producer or sound engineer, and they will hopefully excuse the minor imperfections. But I’m not totally opposed to studio recordings, maybe I’ll try it one day.

From what i understand, you run your own record label? what made you decide to go that route?

Yeah I started spirit goth last year because my old project, Jaded Juice Riders, had a subpar experience with a label we signed with. I just thought that I could do it myself, especially since I had my two projects that I could release. I also kinda like running a label; it’s become a hobby and a way to discover new music and help promising bands that are upcoming/unknown. I initially started with releasing my music and some friends’ music, now starting to release bands from different countries. I want to keep the label relatively small and diy though, no intention of scaling it up or anything like that.

I noticed your label put out a video for Falling Forward with the first episode of Twin Peaks (my all-time favourite show). It was so fitting and melancholy. Really brings you back to that early 90s vibe. I'm really curious, are you a Twin Peaks fan? 

Huge Twin Peaks fan, might be my favorite show too. I even got to visit the Double R Diner, The Great Northern, and the waterfall from the intro when I was in Washington for a family vacation. But yeah, I always wanted a Twin Peaks music video, I just had to make sure it was the right song.

Even with your album cover art, it also seems super 90s inspired. What other 90s gems in music or film would you recommend people check out?

I literally just went to my backyard and took a picture of some flowers that looked cool. I just like vintage things in general. I'd say to definitely listen to Elliott Smith's self-titled album. And maybe some films to check out are: "High Times at Ridgemont High" (one of my fav), "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure", and ‘The Room’ by the great Tommy Wiseau (don't think it's 90s but has a 90s feel). Another thing, my fav car, BMW 1985 325e. There’s a picture of it on my instagram (joshzboy), which I’ve been trying to use more lately.

*imagery all from CASTLEBEAT


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