Detroit Illharmonic - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Nov 29, 2019
The Detroit Illharmonic Symphony initially formed in 2001 to create music for an animated TV show. Mixing live classical, and rock instruments (cello, piano, bass, guitars, synthesizers, trumpet, saxophone and drums) with hip hop techniques (samples and turntables), the group has created a new and unique sound. While the group’s line up constantly changes, it usually consists of cello, bass, violin, er hu, piano, trumpet, turntables, guitar, drums percussion, in addition to assorted vocalists and intriguing political samples. In 2014, their film for "It's a Lovely Day" toured with the 50th anniversary re-release of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, screening in 20 cities across the US. Although they are called The Detroit Illharmonic Symphony, the group is based in Los Angeles rather than the Motor City. Group members are from all over the world which contributes heavily to their extremely unique sound.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Hearing the Beatles.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
When a drug dealer who worked with the Yakuza threatened to kill me for trying to rescue an exotic cat.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Mexico City (7382' above sea level)
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It just keeps coming out my fingers.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Nothing can be done. It will always be terrible.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Melt-Banana because they are absolute originals.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We don't play live.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Soul Disembodied" was written but missing something for ten years before i finally stumbled on the chorus that it needed.
What's coming up in the future? Doom
Tell us where fans can access your music?
“Santa's Got a Brand New Cadillac” by Detroit Illharmonic will be airing on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at www.wnir-radio.com