The Mountain is about persistence. Life’s challenges can seem insurmountable, but if we keep taking small steps anything can be accomplished. This is the way I look at the music I make. I have a grand vision for what I want to achieve, but it all starts with tiny little ingredients. A note on a clarinet, a phrase on piano, each element builds on the previous, and while it doesn’t always turn out the way I heard it in my head, I keep moving forward. Tools help the process along. New instruments bring inspiration. I used a passerelle bridge on my guitar to create different sounds and refresh how I approach a familiar instrument. It keeps me from falling into the same comfortable patterns. When I get stuck, I rely on technology to help keep me moving. Record something, feed it into the modular, run it though some pedals. I treat the newly generated sounds as sample material to layer underneath or to take the music in a different direction altogether. Physicality is important in my music. I always want there to be a performative quality. I want the listener to hear fingers squeaking on strings or slight differences in timing and articulation. It’s the sum of all the little variations that give life to music.
Artwork by Elise Noël Sydora.