“I’m always trying to push myself to do better and better with every new track, but as I progress my standards also rise. It’s definitely been a challenge to maintain my creativeness and standards of sound quality at the same time.”
Check out the interview with Squid Blood exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Squid Blood: Back in 2003 when I was 18 I got really into UK drum and bass. I pretty much became obsessed with electronic music in general and got myself a pair of Numark belt-driven turntables and started spinning records and going to underground clubs with my buddies.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Don’t conform to any standard of music, just be as true to yourself as you can. It can be kind of daunting and discouraging to try to emulate other artists. Be genuine to yourself and you can really make something different and imaginative.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’m always trying to push myself to do better and better with every new track, but as I progress my standards also rise. It’s definitely been a challenge to maintain my creativeness and standards of sound quality at the same time. Like if something isn’t sounding perfect on the first go around, I usually scrap it all together and start from scratch. The production process can be pretty time-consuming.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media and the internet is a great way to get your music out there and exposed to the public. Soundcloud has been a massive help as well as Reverbnation in terms of getting my music heard. But a great deal of my marketing goes through word-of-mouth as well.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’ve lived all the US, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the DC area, but right now I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is great, the people are friendly, and there’s a great collection of artists and music culture here. It’s a huge melting pot of all kinds of people. There’s tons of different cultures and perspectives that I’ve received inspiration and support from.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
It’s hard to say really. My journey in music has been an unexpected one that surprises me at every turn, but in a year’s time I see myself touring the US and having a couple of EPs and a full length album released.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I have many different sources of inspiration in my life. My 2 year old daughter of course is a massive source of inspiration. I’m very much inspired by movies and films, especially science fiction, anything about physics and the universe itself I find fascinating.
In the music world, currently super inspired by artists like Disprove, Misanthrop, XYConstant, Dom Dolla, Durante, KOA, SpectraSoul, Goldlink, Death from Above 1979, Jai Paul, Louis the Child, etc. I could go on forever really.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think there is a great deal of inspired artists out there really pushing in the envelope in the underground and more obscure scenes. As far as popular music goes, I’m honestly never really that impressed with anything (with some exceptions).
I find a lot of mainstream or popular music that you’d hear on the radio a bit shallow in its subject matter. They really don’t have that timeless kind of feel. I want to make music that will last over the ages, not fade away like a clothing trend.
Where can we contact you and find you online?