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Interview | Questions & Answers With FM R IZ

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Interview | Questions & Answers With FM R IZ
Check out this interview with Craig Caudill aka FM R IZ. The electronic producer is celebrating this year his 4th anniversary as an artist. A new Electronica album will be released soon, and I took advantage of this opportunity to make crucial questions concerning his music project. Discover more below…

1 – When and where did you learn to produce music?

Wow, I started in a garage band called Slug Head 26 years ago roughly from 91-95. I was the vocalist/spoken word artist with ambient bass noise from played another member eventually it evolved into lots of people jumping in as session artists. We recorded from audio to cassette recorder until we got a Tascam four track recorder. We also used reel-to-reel tapes. I helped another friend on his Fostex four track to record more Blues Rolling Stones oriented. Skipping to roughly years ago, I started making a stab at it with free synth apps like Audio Sauna. Then I bought a small Korg nano keyboard got an inexpensive Daw and the rest is history.

2 – Why are you passionate about Electronica?

My tastes in music changed between 89-92, I was discovering things very alien to me previously I was mostly into Hardcore or heavy music. But after learning how music is made and what is music was an eye opening thing. Like all music Electronica runs an amazing of genres. From boring mainstream to very obscure. But mostly I like going over plugins with my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and simply I adjust levels and messing with drum machines.

3 – How did you come out with the name FM R IZ?

Well I am a Writer, and I like the play with words misspell them on purpose or change words to find new meaning in electronic lots of people have DJ names and I wanted something simple so I took a word Ephemeris literally a cosmic and using just letters spaced them apart it like it’s a first and last name. Also to make you say the letters separately until you said it enough that if you said faster you find yourself saying Ephemeris

4 – Is it true that you use different aliases on other music projects?

Yes, currently I am recording also as Tapeotronik. In the past, I was Red Wave, Cloned in Brazil but changed after long thought people think it had Nazi implications because of the film The Boys from Brazil. I didn’t want anyone thinking I was a Nazi sympathizer. Because I’m not racially pure. And I’m not better than anyone or want to kill anyone. So I changed it to just my real name until one day FM R IZ came to me out of nowhere.

5 – How will you celebrate your 4th anniversary as FM R IZ?

I’m hoping to release another physical like last year but with new material. Instead of what I made in three years. I’m hoping by the end of August.


6 – Can you talk about your upcoming album? How did you decide which song to include? 

Yeah, It’s untitled right now for this one I have two files of music which I have featured some tracks on my SoundCloud. Right now, I’m trying to shorten the tracks usually my stuff can go ten minutes. Normally, what I make I admit are guilty pleasures and perhaps very noisy. But I am my own worst critic.

7 – Musically, how different is your upcoming album with ‘The Sheep & The Slaughter’?

On Sheep… it was in my mind hard techno with 80’s synth a retro feel. This one I’m trying for natural percussion. I have some Latin Percussion presets on my Drum Machine which I Love! I’m hoping to work with more natural sounds and reigning it in more to capture its essence. I know that sound pretentious. But if you have a pencil you have to sharpen it, if you’re ever going to write something.

8 – Do you think physical CDs are still important? Will you distribute your new album in this format?

Like, everyone, I’m spoiled by the convenience having your entire music and film collection on external hard drive. And not hear the same song for 5 to 10 days. However, CD’s is the equivalent to the 8 track tape because it can run on a continuous loop and sometimes all you to look at was the album cover. CD’s booklets too tiny to look at until later. But yes, some people like to have some they can hold in their hands and open look while they chill to Bob Marley or Grateful Dead.

And yes, I want to definitely put something on disc again so I can hold it in my hand or give one to my Mom and say I did this. And hopefully, sell a few on the way.

9 – Where can fans connect with you on social media?

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and Bandcamp.

10 – What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?

Oh, it goes everywhere but to be brief. Thom Yorke, John Frusciante A definite bucket lister is Giorgio Moroder and Brian Eno, Vangelis, Blixxa Bargeld, Stereolab, Cornelius, Throbbing Gristle, Tom Waits, Les Claypool, Mike Patton, Skinny Puppy, John Mau5, Aphex Twin, Cocteau Twins, and finally Robert Fripp.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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More To Discover: Additional Insights Into Rubayne’s EP ‘Connections’

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Don’t miss out on rising artist Rubayne’s new EP ‘Connections,’ a blend of genres he calls Bass Pop exploring the ups and downs of love. With a special live performance airing on February 24th and music videos planned, it’s an EP not to be missed. Read the interview to learn more.

1 — What is the main theme you explore in your new EP ‘Connections’?

The EP is a set of eclectic love stories that are connected to each other. Throughout the EP, you will discover the feeling of falling in love, being in love, and holding on to love in the toughest time.

2 — Is there any special meaning behind its title?

There are multiple. Firstly, the titles of the songs relate to each other. In addition, I made a stronger connection with my music by involving myself in the songwriting as well.

3 — Did you collaborate with other artists or producers on this project?

Yes. There are a couple of great singers involved with ‘Connections’! Some new, some I do know from the start. I must give credit and big ups to Romy Dya, Yunnee, EthanUno, and Ansaly for their amazing work.

4 — How did you go about crafting the overall sound and style?

The approach for creating ‘Connections’ was different in comparison to my regular creative approach. With each project, I first focused on selecting a main instrument that would characterize the song. Unattainable has the guitar, “Connections” has the bass, and “In Love Tonight” has the piano. After the main instrument and its melody, I would carve out the full production.

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5 — Did you have any specific genre in mind while producing this material?

I had not, but I focused on having a blend of genres that I and the love theme associate with. I would say this blend of genres can be best described as Bass Pop.

6 — Is there a particular track on the EP that you have a special connection with?

Nope! They are equally special to me and as they complement each other, I feel that I have a special connection with the project as a whole.

7 — Are there any things you wish you had done differently?

When it comes to the EP, there’s nothing I wish I had done differently.

8 — In what ways do you think your songs will resonate with listeners?

I think this project, as well as other songs I have made, encourages its listeners to open up and acknowledge their feelings. I hope my music provides the listeners with a better understanding of themselves.

9 — Have you ever considered creating a music video for any of these news tracks?

I did! I feel like each of the songs has a visual story to tell. However, I have prepared something special for this EP which is visually pleasing as well.

10 — Is there anything else you would like to share about the EP that we haven’t covered in this interview?

To celebrate the release of  ‘Connections,’ I recorded a live performance of the EP with all the vocalists and an amazing guitarist (Rob). It will air on February 24th and you can get notified here.


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Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”

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In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist, and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.

1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?

So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!

2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?

I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.

3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?

I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.

4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”

I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.

5 — What’s your favorite lyric line?

Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.

6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?

I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.

7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?

YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.

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8 — Can you share a bit about the creative process of your upcoming album?

Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.

9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?

I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.

10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?

I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.


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Exploring An Experimental Album With XENOBYT — Interview

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Are you a fan of electronic music with a hint of nostalgia and horror? Look no further, as XENOBYT‘s new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ is exactly what you’ve been searching for. In this exclusive interview, the up-and-coming artist gives you an inside look at the inspiration and creative process behind his original work.

1 — How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?

I try to make music that people can vibe to. Something you can put on and get lost in while driving or doing something mundane. There is something fascinating about using a synthesizer, which for a long time was considered the sound of the future, but using it to make music that reminds us of the past. I like to think that if you like Horror and synth music and enjoy the groove of the song over the technicality of what’s played, you would enjoy what I am trying to do here.

2 — Which artists are you most influenced by?

When I was younger, I was a huge Metalhead, but my dad was a big tech geek and loved messing around with a synthesizer and listened to a lot of Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. So I had an early appreciation for it. I was big into Horror movies and really dug the soundtracks that John Carpenter was doing, and Brad Fiedel’s Terminator 2 soundtrack was another of my favorites. But I didn’t decide to start making this kind of music until I heard Carpenter Brut and Perturbator for the first time.

3 — What drew you to the experimental genre and what sets it apart from other electronic music styles?

I went to college for sound design, so I love taking a sound that people are familiar with and messing with it to make something completely new. And I try to incorporate that into my music in ways that aren’t done very often. Classifying yourself as experimental kind of takes the chains off and resets expectations of what your fans expect to hear when they listen to your music.

4 — What inspired the title of your new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’?

Usually, I come up with a simple horror theme for an album before I even start writing the songs for it. The last album, New Retro Witch, was about witchcraft and this album was about malevolent spirits. The concept of getting hired for a certain time to caretake a haunted mansion resonated with me and the things I had going on in my life at the time. I was facing a lot of old trauma I had buried and this concept paralleled with what I was dealing with in my own head, so I based the title of the album around that idea.

5 — How does this material differ from your previous works?

I wanted this album to be heavier than my last album from the start. I wanted to incorporate more Rock and Metal vibes into it but keep some of the same beauty and melancholy that I really liked about New Retro Witch.

Because of the more personal nature of this album, I didn’t really do any big collaborations on it, which is something I normally try to do.

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6 — How long did it take you to complete this project?

I started working on this album in the Spring of 2021 and had 9 songs written for this album by the end of summer, but I wasn’t happy with it and scrapped all but 3 songs. I kind of fell into an artistic rut after that and sat on it until February of 2022 and wrote, mixed, and mastered the remainder of the album over the spring and summer.

7 — Could you tell us where ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ was recorded?

I have my own recording studio here in Austin and I did all of the writing, mixing, and mastering for this album there.

8 — How did you approach the design of the artwork?

During that artistic rut I had mentioned earlier, I got really enthralled in AI Art Generation and went as far as learning how to and coding my own AI Art Generator. I made a bunch of stuff with it that actually helped inspire me to finish the album. While I am a big fan of collaborating with other artists, I was really proud of the fact I made this art-making machine and how it helped me get back on my grind. I wanted to showcase what it was capable of with this release.


9 — Is there a particular song on this album that stands out to you?

“Deluge,” because there is a sad and dark story behind it. I suffer from depression and PTSD and had a bit of a mental breakdown last summer. That song was created live while I was in the midst of that breakdown. I felt like I was drowning, and I wanted the song to sound like I felt. But I also wrote the song I wanted to hear to feel better, and it worked. I still put it on when I am feeling depressed, and it still makes me feel better.

10 — Are you open to collaborations? If so, what are the requirements?

Absolutely! I am always open to collaborating with other artists. My only requirement is ensuring proper credit is given to everyone involved.


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