I feel the bar has been raised here at Disco Droppings with the sounds of Liar. Member of the forward thinking label G5 music, out of Russia. Label mates include Maguett, Damscray and Nocow. To hear more from G5, head over to their Soundcloud and/or Facebook
DD If you ever feel you’re writing a story with your music, what’s it about?
L How much space do you have on your site? :]]] There’s a story to almost everything, from my very moniker, to EPs and albums, to individual songs. All upcoming releases that are in the works, including the nearest one, “Lichborn”, are concept albums in some shape or form. “Lichborn” is a story of my external life, for the past year, told through the analogy of an archmage’s gradual ascension to lichdom. Yet-to-be-announced Farver offering will be an account of my internal life, told through a broken analogy with chess. The sequel to Lichborn on G5 Music will be, for all respects and purposes, a true sequel, both in sonics and in narrative. And ultimately, my debut album, 2 years in the making, tentatively titled “Spirewards”, forthcoming on Origami Sound, will be a concept album in the most traditional sense: a literal account of a series of dreams I’ve been having for the past 4 years… dreams that connect, and have an inner canon, setting, and mythology… and other than “being aired out of order”, have steadily been placing a fairly contiguous story into my lap. A story that will be put to many uses, music being only the first of them.
L I didn’t. Herne of Origami Sound did. Then he came across me. And at one point he played me “Stay Together” in person. I literally jolted upright and adamantly demanded a remix slot on the spot. And I got it. :]]] What followed was a time of two weeks of listening to the song continuously until I could play it in my head and until the words started to sound like how I titled my mix. And from that little psychoacoustic glitch, the whole remix sprung into existence, first just in my mind, and soon after in audible form.
DD What would you like to be known for?
L Firstly, NOT gimmicks and NOT being a sound-alike. Ugh. Which is why is steer clear of workflows that would engender either. I have quite the rigorous philosophy to my music-making… every element is crafted with purpose, and to perfection. There’s very little left to chance or preset-jamming. I’m a pop songwriter, a proverbial rockstar, a basshead, a technical compendium, a beatsmith, an avid sound designer, a temperamental composer, an ex-junglist and a nerdy studio engineer all rolled into one. My very mindset is controlled – I always try to remove myself from my comprehensive musical cognition and write in a bubble. Even while asleep… I’ve gotten good at triggering lucid dreaming. And the rewards from that are hundredfold, with both lucid and nonlucid dreams gifting me so many almost complete songs, bubblewrap and bowtie and the works. :]] Even every tangential thing to music, from titles to supporting text to artwork, is important to me. So, in short, i guess what i am and what i’m going to be know for is “a control freak”. :]]
But I’d like to be know as that guy who literally makes dream music. Because I literally do.
(Also, the creepy cousin of G5 Music and the lambent rockstar of Origami Sound, cause that’s what I literally am in each of the two families. :0 )
DD When you’re not making music, what other interets occupy your time?
L (Skype – not an interest, not an occupation, but demonstrably the biggest timehog in my life)
Listening to music of course.
Although both timeframes of not making music and my interest in other things beside it are rapidly diminishing by the day… But otherwise i’m a cultural sponge. I don’t tend to miss any movie, be it arthaus or blockbuster, don’t tend to miss anything on US/UK TV, be it prime-time or cult… I almost don’t miss any videogame, in fact games are a huge inspirational and sampling resource for me. With books… I’ve sort of fallen behind on that… I’ve read quite of bit in the past, everything from classical and political phylosophy through post-modern fiction to Harry Potter. Nowadays I only thumb through my old Asimov books on the john. Additionally, all-too-common Web 2.0 addictions pepper my everyday.
A weekly delight is my quality time with my soul-mate and muse.
And of course there’s the odd period of abject hedonistic excess.
DD Where will Liar be heading for the rest of 2011 into 2012?
L Into “the studio”, i.e. my well-equipped loft bedroom. I have somewhat like 6 releases in mind until the end of this school year, plus I have several mastering assignment on my plate coming up. I will undoubtedly only be able to cram in like… half of this, but that’s good enough I guess. Vinyl is a big objective. My debut LP is a big objective. After that, hopefully starting to tour in midsummer 2012.
DD Last words?
– Jimi Jaxon