“Be yourself and do it for you. Make the music you feel like making, learn things and experiment, you’ll only grow as an artist. Keep an open mind, you never know where inspiration can come from. I’ve been reading a lot of books by musicians, even ones I don’t really like, you never know what you could learn. Always be willing to learn.”
Check out the interview with Scatterpattern exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
S: I started out playing bass and singing in punk and metal bands. I collected guitar pedals and started making funny noises while playing along to a drum machine. During college for media production, I hosted a volunteer radio show and took an interest in electronic music, eventually buying my first synthesizer. Later I moved to Toronto for more audio/video school, worked with other artists, recorded weekly improvisations, and learned to make music with Nintendo Gameboys. Since then I’ve put out 5 albums written exclusively with a Gameboy and I’m learning how to incorporate my synths.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Be yourself and do it for you. Make the music you feel like making, learn things and experiment, you’ll only grow as an artist. Keep an open mind, you never know where inspiration can come from. I’ve been reading a lot of books by musicians, even ones I don’t really like, you never know what you could learn. Always be willing to learn.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Being from a small town and trying to create a name for myself in the nearby cities is tough. A few friends and I have joined together to try to build a scene for artists like us but, there are many established DJs and only a small scene for live electronic music. People want to drink and dance at bars so sometimes all ages shows don’t work out and you have to figure out what you want to do.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Choosing an aesthetic and sticking to it, creating a visual and personal component along with the music. Find a group of like-minded artists and support each other. Share photos and videos of you and your friends creative process and the events and things you do together.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in a small town with the closest city, Brandon, about half an hour away, that’s where I play most of my shows. There is a large scene for electronic music, mostly DJs playing all night sets at bars or nightclubs, or spinning records for local MCs. We’ve put on a few events but the scene for live electronic music is still growing. We put on all ages events in community halls which haven’t received that much attention, but we’re hopeful. I might try to play some bar shows. It’s a small city so mostly the DJs, MCs, and promotion companies all support each other and work together. People love to dance and there are often sold out shows in town, as far as EDM and hip hop goes.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I want to go back to my roots and make more aggressive music. i want to not necessarily recreate my sound but, meld it into something new. Then I want to record my new sound and plan a tour. Also, I want to work with local musicians to create a better scene through my new collective/promotion group, Boring Music. So hopefully in a year, I’ll be in some bar I’ve never been to play songs for people I’ve never met or I’ll be shooting video of my friends playing cool shows around town.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The first band that made me want to buy a synthesizer was, The Locust. The band HEALTH inspired me to look at guitar pedals and “electronic” music differently. The first artist that made me want to make music with a Gameboy, was either Shitbird or Koolskull. Their DIY approach and punk attitude towards a new type of electronic music were really inspiring to me. The band that made me want to return to my punk/diy roots is, Youth Code, their aesthetic and sound just blow me away, they make me wanna play live. i’m mostly inspired by people willing to push themselves, their gear, or a genre to a new level, mostly with dark, punk, or aggressive tone to it.
Crim3s, Aucan, Black Dice, Genghis Tron, clppng, Death Grips, Kontravoid, Dalek, Street Sects, Prayers, Show Me The Body.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
There is a lot of good music coming out right now. Hip Hop and EDM are in such an interesting place right now that it’s hard not to find something to enjoy. All the time i seem to find out about a new producer or rapper doing something cool.