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!
My name is Anthony, I’m a Montrealer. I’m turning 20 this fall. I like long walks on the beach, slenderman and cats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve always produced with FL Studio 8 although I have now learned how to use Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton and some others.
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.
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.