From Canada with…feeling.

So in the now last-but-one post, I waxed lyrical about Exist Strategy and his latest release ‘Sunrise’. Finally, after having followed his progress for months (if not over a year by now), finally talked to the guy! So, for our second interview of the day, a man who should now need very little introduction: Exist Strategy!

For those who don’t know you: who is Exist Strategy? And where in the world are you from?

My name is Anthony, I’m a Montrealer. I’m turning 20 this fall. I like long walks on the beach, slenderman and cats.

What inspired the name?
It’s a play on words with exit strategy. Music is my strategy to exist.
If you could, how would you describe your music?  

To the layman, I would describe most of my work as downtempo electronic, although I’ve produced drum and bass once and helped along with glitch hop. I’m looking into working with future garage, tribal, post-ambient, post-dubstep, whatever I can get my hands on. I like to experiment although it hasn’t shown much in my previous works.

Who in the world do you listen to and are inspired by?

I listen to Burial, Stumbleine, Sorrow, Phaeleh, Olafur Arnalds, Swarms, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Amon Tobin, Carbon Based Lifeforms, CoMa, Sipp, Noisia, Sigur Ros, Kryptic Minds, Flying Lotus, Synkro, Rustie, Tycho…. that’s at the top of my head. I get most my inspiration from a combination of everything. I find it’s best to just have an hour of improvising on the piano to get a song started up.

Who would you love to work with if it could be anyone in the world?

I dream every day of working with Burial or Amon Tobin. A vocalist I’d love to have with me is Priscilla Ahn. But realistically, I might have a chance with a certain garage artist, if I can impress him enough.

Your latest track Sunrise, as you can clearly see from the blog review, struck a chord with me as well as everyone I played it to. What was the inspiration behind it?

This summer I’ve been going to bed at such late hours that they’ve become early hours. Anyone who stays up until 4-5am knows the beautiful sound of the first bird that breaks the silence of the night. One day I decided to record that moment and create a synthetically simulated aural sunrise that transitions into the recording. Basically I made it for myself because I associate good emotions with sunrises/sunsets.

What’s next for Exist Strategy?
Hookers n blow with Bijou. Less importantly I’m thinking of making a dark EP for the early winter season, we’ll see how university treats me.
What do you use to produce your tracks with?

I’ve always produced with FL Studio 8 although I have now learned how to use Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton and some others.

Who are your favourite artists out there?
 My favorite artists are the ones I’ve made friends with honestly. CoMa, Bijou and Koda have been doing really well recently. I love following them and being inspired by them. I hope to hear more from Canoo and ‘shout outs’ to Morbin.
5 albums or artists that have changed your life and made you who you are?

Not all of them artists but people. Special thanks time:

-My friend ‘n00b’ (his nickname) was the kind gentleman to introduce me to FL Studio 4 years ago. I appreciate his ongoing support.
-17tumba introduced me to the chillout genres 
-Morbin was the first guy to tell me to make an album after hearing the WIP for horizon aura.
-Canoo has been a good friend, helping me with everything imaginable from HD videos, to music, to computer parts.
-William Bevan will always be my idol.

What’s the toughest thing about trying to break through as an artist?

The toughest part is having to accept that your close friends or family may not like your music.
You have to ignore them and do what you think is best for your musical growth. Honestly, don’t try to break through as an artist unless you’re sure you’re making music that is of good quality. Spend a good year (+) practicing how it’s done. Start with presets and work your way out of them. Exist Strategy has been preset free since the first track. Also, it’s the internet age, if you make good music, you won’t have to market. I’m slowing down on my marketing and I hope that if I improve my works, they’ll be well enough heard.note: I highly suggest for beginners to post their works on subreddits.

Just a couple of tracks for those of you who still need an introduction to the music this man creates!
So there you go guys. A man on a mission, and I genuinely believe that he has what it takes to see it though. The talent is there for all to see as far as I’m concerned! Hopefully, in years to come we’ll be able to say ‘I was there when this all started’….who knows!
For more information on Exist Strategy and to listen to some more of his tunes, as well as to be able to download a bunch for free (payment is optional – and I can’t stress enough how much of a difference even a fiver can make) visit :
Remember to support the artists!
For the second time tonight,
that’s Waagwan.

About waagwan

Currently studying Radio Broadcasting at Point Blank Music School London. Just a guy, little bit obsessed with music and the sound of his own voice. Massively into breaks, drum and bass, reggae, hip-hop, ska, punk, house, techno....whatever I can get my hands on!
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