This time, we get to know E1GHTH PLACE, an electronic music producer who has successfully blended technology and artistry.
Hi, my name is Erik and I’m in E1GHTH PLACE. I am an electronic producer that appreciates the art that is involved behind making “quirky, innovative and moving sounds”.
Where are you from?
Originally born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and now living in Singapore.
What is your main genre?
How long have you been making music?
For as long as I can remember honestly. I have always played with some kind of instrument at a really young age and I used to do a lot of singing as well. Safe to say that music has been a key integral part of my life growing up. My first song I’ve ever composed was when I was 12 years old, so it has been nearly 24 years since I have been creating music. However, I have taken the last 4 years of being an electronic producer seriously.
Can you tell us about your latest release and the background behind it?
The latest track I wrote – and the many other songs I have previously released that are in association with one another – is actually a love letter to all of the old-school, classic 8-bit/16-bit video games that I grew up playing.
What do you think of the music industry after 2022?
A bit of a trick question, but a great one. The industry itself is rapidly moving and by the time you invest time into one platform: artists, music listeners, etc. will have already moved on to the next platform, i.e: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and so on, so forth. However, I do think we are going to see more artists/creators as entrepreneurs as a means of catering their content for their fanbase. Look at what we are seeing with Web3/Music3, NFTs, DAOs, etc. This is going to be the “musical machine” going forward when it comes to building relationships between creator and the consumer, and less about labels taking the lion’s share of the revenue. The way I see it, it has and should *always* be 100% in the hands of the content creator. Without content, there would be no medium.
Who is the most influential artist in your life?
Nobuo Uematsu, who has been the main composer for most of the Final Fantasy series. He is the main reason I got into music writing in the first place.
I’d like to think that all artists are different from one another trying something new with their musical repertoire. At least I hope! Personally, I like to take chances and create something that isn’t of the norm nor follow a specific pattern of what we hear that we define as “normal” or “mainstream”. My music is quite eclectic; I do not intend on making anything that is considered mainstream or make cookie-cutter “PUT YOUR HANDS UP!” EDM bangers. I LOVE making music that is thematic and holds a subliminal meaning to it, and while my music may not be popular enough to garner a large following, I’m okay with that! I think it is more important to me that my music influences a handful of people rather than pleasing thousands of people who don’t know the meaning behind the music I write.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
Hoo boy, really tough to say since there are many. First and foremost, I think it would have to be Uematsu-san. I would also love to collaborate with The Art of Noise since I absolutely love how different, moving and stylistic their music is. The Seduction of Claude Debussy is probably one of the best albums I’ve ever heard from an electronic group.
Aww heck, why not collaborate with every artist that inspires me? Hahaha!
What was the first album you bought?
I think my first album I bought was Ministry’s Greatest Fits album. I can’t really remember since it was so long ago, haha!
What is your favorite song at the moment?
Too many to list. At the moment though, I’ve been hooked on Artifice by Kinoteki. Another really good artist who is pretty underrated, in my opinion.
What is your favorite words?
“What have you got to lose when you have so much to gain?”
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
Music, video games, working out at the gym, sports, drawing, movies/shows, sightseeing. I’d like to pick up other hobbies just so I’m not always doing the same things over and over again.
Tell us more about your upcoming project?
I don’t want to give away too much yet, but I am gonna go off on a bit of a tangent here. I have been going through some personal stuff and I don’t want to make it about myself since everyone at some point faces some sort of adversity in their lives, be it big or small. We all have our own demons we are battling, but I wanted to create something based off of my own experiences and expressing my own feelings through music, but make it so each person who listens to it understands it universally and that they are not alone. As I’ve mentioned before, there’s nothing I would want more than the few people who can understand my music and resonate with it rather than those who aimlessly listen to it without really digesting it.
So anyway, this upcoming project is something I am hoping to have released in a few months time. I already have several tracks finished and one more that’s still a work in progress which amounts to a total of 8 songs. That’s about all the information I can give at this point in time, so please look forward to this in the coming months!
Thank you for the interview, Chieri! This was fun and I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to invest in indie artists and showing as much support as you have.
Thank you too. We are looking forward to your upcoming works! future-player.com will continue to support E1GHTH PLACE.
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