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The Independent Sound

The Independent Sound is a Canadian inventor, technical designer, composer, arranger, prodigious drummer and multi-instrumentalist, poet, scenographer, pattern engineer, applied mathematician, systems engineer, and autodidactic polymath. Throughout their music career, they've placed a heavy emphasis on collaboration with other artists, lending the definitive style of The Independent Sound to a diverse roster of collaborators as well as solo works. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?

Yes. When I was about 8-9, I started processing that I was processing a lot more information than my peers and, in many cases, more than my teachers. Instead of encouragement, I was often unreasonably challenged specifically by teachers simply because I was a happy child that asked an abnormal amount of questions. I have always forgiven those teachers for their ignorance. Around 8-9 years old was a very challenging time for me.

That was the catalyst to writing music because by that age I was able to play any song I heard by ear classically on the piano and percussion came so easily to me that I didn’t realize I was doing anything special until I was offered a full ride to the University of Miami at 9 years old. Writing music came as the next challenge for me as I was no longer challenged by other people's compositions. The challenge for me in writing music was also the catalyst which was understanding myself through my feelings. What differentiates me from other writers is my straightforward depiction of my feelings' causes and their effects. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I don’t have any stories in my life that have happened to me. I do, however, have the craziest story that happened for me which was when an entire crowd turned their backs on me to show their disapproval of my musical composition. The crowd of about 600 people (in a bar it feels like 6000) spent the entire set with their backs turned away from me to show their disapproval. What has been the high point of your music path? The high point of my music path was when Carter Beauford and the Dave Matthews Band sent me tickets to come and sit in with them on tour. I respectfully turned down the opportunity so I could be a normal high school kid that likes being around friends and learning over performing and going down a musical path. A musical path is never something I have desired. My musical interest has always and will always be rooted in the connection I share with my father. If it weren’t for my father, I wouldn’t have ever continued music after 18 years old.

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? My approach to songwriting is very consistent. I go to sleep and, in some stage of sleep, I get full compositions and/or lyrics that come to mind. I get up and write them in my notes or play them on guitar to a recording device of some kind in the middle of the night. I really have no recollection of it in the morning. I listen to my notes in the morning and complete them. It works like an efficient conveyer belt that conveys whatever messages I didn’t know I needed to confront in myself and/or in my past/present /future. 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? The biggest challenge facing indie artists today is ignorance. Ignorance in terms of their individual potential and what they are capable of. Most indie artists do not make the distinction in their mind between what the antiquated ways of the music industry dictate and their choice to value their art by not building their own base outside of the machine for the most leverage possible. A byproduct of establishing an indie artist's ownership of their small business is setting the boundaries that prevent exploitation. I would never need to ask the music industry to change anything as I have known since the early naughts that the music industry would be forced to change. Being involved in the music industry as I was in the 80s and 90s was like observing the heights of the French upper class right before the French Revolution. The kind of recklessness, selfishness, and greed I observed firsthand made it very clear to me that the record labels/music industry did not have a sustainable model for success, little to no respect for the artist, and no respect for the future of an industry that will dominate entertainment alongside gaming. In conclusion, my conclusion will always be the same when it comes to the music industry which is that questions are not relevant to an industry that doesn’t have answers.

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I would prefer to watch and deeply listen to the artists I love and admire than perform alongside them. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

My rehearsals are usually very intense, structured, and long. They're anywhere from 4 to 7 hours a day when I have material I need to be clear on. For a live show, I carefully listen to previous live shows the entire day, take detailed notes on areas I need to improve on, and ignore the parts I do well. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! "Play to Win I wrote this for Adidas in 2014. I used it internally first to inform C-suite executives on a mission statement plan and then it became adopted as one of the company's internal core values along with a concept called CEI. It was challenging because it had to speak to the company's internal aspects as well as external goals.

What's coming up in the future?

If I had the answer to this question, I wouldn’t need music. Tell us where fans can access your music

Steam on Spotify

Play on SoundCloud

Check out The Independen Sound's new release, "I Feel Like I'm Missing" on major digital outlets.


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