In 2018. I had the opportunity to visit Greece, and while in a restaurant in Santorini, I came in contact with Vanilla Radio. Back home, I started listening to it daily and had the chance to discover music from artists of the Mediterranean (Vanilla plays music from all around the world though). I already used to like music with middle-eastern influence, having composed tracks for my metal band Hall of Dreams that invoked some of that musicality. This way, the music of artists like Valeron, Mahmut Orhan and a few others was a great find for me.
The trip and the radio programming were also a source of inspiration for me to compose four tracks that would form the EP In The Middle. Two of the tracks, Setting Sun and Hayat, have a lot to do with what I speak about above and are, to date, two of my favourite compositions. The other two tracks in the album, No Orleans and Low Light sound more like deep house (or whatever you feel they sound like, I do a terrible job trying to categorize my own compositions).
After almost releasing the EP through a label based in the US, I decided to self-release In The Middle and I don’t regret the decision. Setting Sun is This Light’s song with most of plays on Spotify.
For my next work, I wanted to come back to my uptempo roots and came up with an EP called The Third Wave. It was very experimental, not following the prevailing psytrance aesthetics of the decade. In 2019, I broke the set and three of the pieces were released by the Russian labels Exia and Arveg. I self-released the remaining one, Purple Glow.
The next release was a departure from my initial heavy-sounding compositions. I love change, and, this time, I wanted to do something more chill, another genre I appreciate a lot. So I came with a set of six songs that became the EP The Abyss. That happened between 2011 and 2014, I can’t remember exactly.
After living unnoticed for some time on Google Play, it was removed when they stopped dealing directly with small artists.
In 2019, I started looking for label deals for some of my tracks and The Abyss ended up being re-released by the London-based label Miami Sundown Records.
After a heavy start, I decided to compose a few other songs with different patterns (the first three followed a verse/pre-chorus/verse/bridge structure), some of them using guitars, some pure electronic, some using alternative vocals tracks, like speech or simple vocalizations with no lyrics. One of my favourites is ‘The Desert’.
With a pack of 10 songs, I had an album! I published these songs on last.fm (that site was a useful tool for small, independent artists around 2009). The album was initially called ‘This Light’. Last.fm changed and they are not hosting music anymore. This year, the album was removed from the Google Play store (the last place where it could be found) when they changed the rules regarding small artists. It will be re-released next year, with another name, in order to prevent confusion with the single release for ‘This Light’.
Well, you have to start somewhere.
So this is my first post.
I am a Canadian electronic musician who started composing and producing pystrance, or at least what I believed to be psytrance. I was inspired by artists like Skazi and GMS, who mixed electronic psychedelic sounds with heavily distorted guitars. That was a natural choice: I really like electronic music but my favourite genre is heavy metal, especially the progressive sub-genre. Favourite metal bands? Kamelot, Queensrÿche and Helloween.
So I started by composing three songs: This Light, which ended up also being the name of the project, Transmissions and Thieves’ Guild. Later, I also removed the electronic elements from those three songs and made pure metal versions of them, which, in its turn, led me to form a metal band, Hall of Dreams.
In my next post, I will continue on the evolution of This Light.