What’s your earliest ‘musical’ memory?
I would say that it came when I was 15 year old and I was watching my brother's rock band play. He was a drummer, but I remember watching the guitarist wail and it seemed like magic. He would move his hands all over the neck and then voila, musical sound came out. It seemed unreal. I just had to learn how to do this, so I took up guitar and eventually played in rock bands, thrash bands, grunge bands, funk bands and even jazz bands. I even ended up studying jazz guitar performance in university.
What was it that drove you to get into the music industry?
I would say it would have to be the rave scene that existed in Toronto in the late 90s and early 2000s. I was seduced by it: the music, the dancing, the strangeness of it all...and yes, the pretty girls in stardust too. I just lived for that weekend party and eventually realized that I had to contribute musically. At this point I was still studying jazz in university but I had lost almost all interest in it. I was hooked: I just had to make tracks. This is when I began collecting my studio pieces and releasing music.
Who have been the most influential people in your musical development?
I am an odd individual in that I never really listen to a lot of electronic music. Its self-absorption perhaps, but the most I really do is flip on Frisky or Proton while I clean my pad. Most of what is going on in EDM these days doesn't really interest me a whole lot to be honest, as there is not an awful lot of creativity. If you DO try to be creative you are likely to be overlooked in favour of someone who is sticking to the template. Lately the people that have the most influence on me are Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Samuel Barber, Wagner, and Rachmaninoff. Love me some Rachmaninoff.
Who inspires you outside of music?
My Dad. He has the best work ethic I have ever seen, hands down. He is 76 years old and still wakes up every day at 3:30 to go to work on construction. Its not like he needs the money per say, but he just enjoys a healthy, active, hard-working lifestyle. I can't say I have ever met a harder worker than this guy. He is simply a freak. The dude can still out=lift, out-perform and all around out-work men in their 20s and 30s...me included.
What are the biggest three challenges facing you at this moment in time?
Trying to be hard-working, staying away from female distraction (always been my weakness), and staying positive even though the music industry is so bizarre and fucked. Sometimes I make an amazing track that all my peers outwrightly jizz over, and it gets completely overlooked due to market saturation. It gets difficult to go straight back in the studio after something like that, even though you pretty much half-know it will be overlooked again unless someone famous stands behind you. Maintaining awesome work ethic in the midst of this is near impossible....and with all the sexy girls flying around Montreal beckoning me to go out and drink beer, things get even more daunting.
What is the best event you’ve appeared at and why?
WEMF was the festival that was the most massive when I was coming up in music production, and I had some of my best times there. There was a point where it attracted truly huge attendances. It was really cool back then, and I had the privilege of playing mainstage there a couple times to some pretty big crowds. All Live-PA as I never Djed. That being said, I once played a rave in B.C. that was literally in a valley between two mountains. It was quite beautiful indeed.
If you could collaborate with ANYONE in the world (past or present) who would it be and why?
I will be honest: anyone with a massive following to help promote my music and get it to a larger audience. It may sound sell-outish, but it isn't because once people know who I am I would likely start making some very interesting, non-conformist stuff. I have always been the type to go off on creative tangents. Popularity aside, for the music integrity alone I would likely choose Giorgio Moroder or Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Fuck that would be awesome. The three of us together actually..we would make really trippy stuff. Now I gotta do it. Throw Ennio Morricone in there and holy shit.
If you weren’t in the music game, what game would you be playing?
I would likely create youtube videos on politics, philosophy, feminism, psychology and all things intellectual. I think I would be good at that.
Who gives you the most support in your life and work?
Well, I hate to sound all un-rock star here, but I have to be honest: my parents. I can't say I have had many jobs during my life-long quest to be supreme musical overlord of the world. Also, I do have a very large group of friends who are very supportive of my music. When I throw a record release party everyone shows up!
If you only had 3 months to live, what would you want to do with them?
Jesus, your questions are hardcore. Firstly I would walk around and approach every hot woman I see. Literally. Then I would have TOTALLY UNPROTECTED sex with them. Wait a minute...can't do that. I can only do it with the first girl, or else I would be a spreader...can't go out of life an asshole. Hmm. I guess barring that I would organize some massive live shows, and play a lot of guitar over top my music. I would have it all video-taped so my talent gets remembered. I would probably also practice about 4 hours a day so my skills reach a massive pinnacle before I go out.
Tell us a little bit about the mix you have done for us?
This mix is all original Hibernate music! Everything on it was produced by me, and 80% of it in the past year. I have A LOT of original stuff. Most of the sounds are actually from genuine analogue synthesizers, routed through some hardware stuff and then mixed down in a hybrid digital/analog format. All of the male vocals are by me, as well as the guitars.
Any messages for our readers?
Use less plugins.