When describing Elephant Skeletons, the best way to go would be “if a Crew of Bohemian Rockers threw a disco dance marathon”. Elephant Skeletons is a one-man spectacle – his album, The Traveller, was completely recorded, produced, and performed all by himself. We had the opportunity to chat with the multi-talented artist ahead of his ECMA showcase about the album, his inspiration, and what’s next. Read below!
INTERVIEW WITH ECMA NOMINEE ELEPHANT SKELETONS
How is your ECMA experience so far?
It’s been Great! There’s always a lot of really interesting acts to catch here and it’s a great learning experience. This is my third ECMA as Elephant Skeletons. I was nominated for Electronic Recording of the year in 2016 for my album “Vol III” and nominated again this year for the album The Traveller.
You recorded The Traveller all on your own. Can you tell us about that?
I recorded The Traveller in Ableton at my home studio. I have a collection of instruments, some of which are that are not commonly used in electronic music production, that I use to sculpt the songs. Sax, Vocoder, Electric Sitar, Bouzouki and Theremin are a few of the sounds you will find on the album.
How do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration in searching for new sounds and researching esoteric art and ideas. I won’t try to force something – usually when I try to force it I end up scrapping it. The best sessions I have are when I get most of the idea down in one sitting and tweak later.
What’s a must-hear song on The Traveller?
The song “Boomerang”.
What’s the electronic music scene like in New Brunswick?
It’s good! There’s a nice network of people who do electronic music. The scene is strong and supportive of what I do. For the last two years in a row I was awarded Electronic Artist of the Year Award at the Music New Brunswick awards!
What are your biggest influences?
There’s not one particular artist really, I love all sounds. I listen everything from Electronic music to Psychedelic rock to retro soundtracks. I’m a fan of Pelican, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard to name a few.
Do you use any Roland gear?
Yeah! I’ve got a Roland CUBE-40XL Guitar Amplifier in the studio and I really love that. I love having the loop option on that amp. I recently picked up a Roland SP-404SX Linear Wave Sampler that I’m looking forward to putting to use too.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m working on a new album and I have a few new music videos in the works. I’m interested in reaching out to appropriate labels for my next album release and working to bring Elephant Skeletons to new places around the world.
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