1) You have a sound which is mostly electronic but has these Oriental tones in it and at times I would also call it vaporwave and 8bit. How do you generally describe your music to people?
2) - Your music has a sound which is relaxing, yet also rather intense. How did that come about, seeing as those are different spectrums?
3) Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Max Richter, Radiohead, Gustavo Santaolalla, Trent Reznor, Daft Punk's Tron Legacy Soundtrack (yeah, I love that). Ennio Morricone also comes to mind.
4) I like to think music tells me a story as I listen to the various sounds and as I read after listening to "Swim", you had a rather specific idea in mind for the story which the songs would tell. Do you feel that often times an instrumental piece of music can form a better narrative than one with lyrics?
5) There is a version of "Swim" called "Swim (Deeper)" which contains two added songs- "Breathing" and "Underwater". What was the decision like to leave those songs off of the album originally and then go back and put them on ultimately?
I thought that "Breathing" and "Underwater" fit the theme and style of the album, but I had already released "Swim" when I wrote these two songs, and some people had already bought the full album. So I thought it would be unfair to them if I simply took down the first version and then uploaded the new one. It'd be like saying "hey, thanks for buying the album. You won't have these two songs though. Maybe buy again?". Luckily, the only people who had bought the complete album did it through Bandcamp, so I sent them the two new songs.
6) Would you ever consider releasing your music on cassette?
Definitely! In fact, Burning Witches Records (https://burningallwitches.bandcamp.com) is going to release 'Swim' on cassette later this year.
7) You have a song called "VHS Hypnosis" and since artists have created works with VHS tapes in the last few years, would you ever consider an album of sorts that would be on VHS and have accompanying visuals?
Man, that would be awesome! I think music lovers listen to music in any format available and enjoy the sound textures that each format offers. So yeah, I'd love to have the opportunity to do that.
8) What is it like being from Italy? What is the music scene like there?
9) Phantoms are like ghosts, so fire couldn't burn them. But a phantom couldn't really haunt a fire, so in the idea of Phantoms vs. Fire, who wins?
Good question. Ghosts win because if you throw yourself into the fire you'll eventually become a ghost. Then, at some point, the fire will go out and ghosts can't light a fire. In the end, there would be no more fire. Obviously, you could say "but I don't intend to throw myself into the fire". Sure, but you'll die someday. So, more ghosts and less fire. Fire will never win.
Anyway, when I thought of the name I thought of phantoms being like thoughts and memories whilst fire represents actions. A constant struggle between your thoughts and your actions. Something like that.
10) Final thoughts, shout outs, etc... ??
I'd also like to thank Ilya from ihrtn.net. He's awesome. And Shauna McLarnon for being great at what she does.