A Needle in the Haystack
DnM : Hey Isaac, thanks for doing this. I know it’s taken some time for us to get together.
SPDNA: I was thrilled when you contacted me – I’m glad we were able to find a time.
DnM: Yeah me too. Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty. I am going to ask a typical question, atypically.
SPDNA: Right on! Shoot.
DnM: The whole ‘how would you describe your sound’, ‘what genre are you’ is passée. So, If your best friend’s mom asked you ‘what kind of music do you make’ – what would you tell her?
SPDNA: Oh man… I always have a hard time with this
I try to make music that you can feel. To me, it’s not really about making a certain kind of music; it’s about trying to elicit some kind of emotional response with whoever’s listening. I think that’s why it’s so hard for me to articulate what my music is like; I don’t ask that you understand it – just that you can connect with it.
DnM: I couldn’t agree more. It’s actually pretty funny you phrase it that way. If I had to assign a single word to your music it’s pathos. Your sound should be moreso felt than heard.
DnM: But, if we really want to dissect it. I suppose I would categorize you in some sort of downtempo / post-rock / future jazz.
SPDNA: Yeah that’s fairly accurate, and I think you’ll see that reflected in the mix
DnM: Excited to hear it. Anyway, I feel your music represents something common in today’s industry: Not all popular music is good, and not all good music is popular.
SPDNA: Our music industry operates on a pretty strange paradigm…
DnM: Totally. Whether you analyze Top 40, or even the smaller indy level.
(Well, shit I wouldn’t necessarily call you indy. I’d say your below indy)
SPDNA: And I think you about nailed it there haha! Oh man, I’d love to call myself indie… Bedroom production life.
DnM: Haha That’s hilarious. Artist now aspire to be ‘Indy’. Whereas a decade ago ‘Indie’ was ‘Indie’. Which brings me to my next question. How does an artist as small as yourself promote your music with the current paradigm?
SPDNA: That’s a great question. I’ve been promoting my album almost exclusively with social media (Facebook, and Twitter mainly). I’ve also sent out heaps of emails to music blogs hoping they pick up on something they like.
We often hear people talk about social media as the be-all end-all way to spread your content. Be it music, visual art, or literature, you have the same opportunity as everyone else with an internet connection; anyone can share whatever they want with whoever they want. This, unfortunately, is quite the double-edged sword. Suddenly, you don’t have to be any good for people to hear your music – you just need an internet connection. As a result, there’s this sheer volume of content on the internet that people have produced and continue to produce – meaning the ‘less good’ has to be sifted through to find the ‘excellent’. Now obviously I don’t claim to be the cream of the crop (#startedfromthebottom), I just think that there’s a lot of beautiful work that gets lost in that mixing pot.
DnM: The proverbial needle in the haystack?
SPDNA: Absolutely, yeah.
DnM: But in this case, it’s generic bedroom production not hay.
DnM: Well, if it wasn’t for a series of upvotes (reddit) I never would have found your music.
SPDNA: Oops! I forgot about that one – Reddit is such an amazing place. And that’s totally what I mean; if that first tiny wave of upvotes hadn’t happened, X number of people wouldn’t have even known my music existed.
DnM: As per your music; what’s the appeal of flight facilities’ crave?
SPDNA: I think it actually plays pretty excellently into what we’re discussing here. At its heart, you have this person striving for recognition – but it’s in a very meticulous, thought-out way. She practices, she rehearses – but somehow she still ends up being lost in a crowd of people. It’s very easy to consider many things on a face-value level, compared to considering just a few things on a more substantial, permeating level. Needle in a haystack.
DnM: How true. Quite the parallal between herself and you. Now is that why the album is also the title of the song? Is it reflective of that?
SPDNA: You’ve really understood the core concept of my album. I think storytelling is a really important part of art, and I really do hope that I was able to do that with my music.
DnM: Haha. Music is what I do. I am glad to understand your art.
SPDNA: As am I.
DnM : I really enjoyed your sample from happiness. What’s it’s importance? The voiced sample : “flow, is discovered…”
SPDNA: That sample is from a talk by Daniel Goleman about emotions. For every incredible thing a person does, there substantial amount of less incredible, more mundane things that a greater number of people do. In North America, everyone has the potential to be incredible, and most people have the means be incredible, yet not everyone aspires to be incredible. I just wanted people to ponder that.
DnM: Finally, before we get out of here.
DnM: If you could do any drug, with any person (past or present) who and what would it be?
SPDNA: I think it would have to be acid with one of the beatles during their heyday. Hands down.
DnM: Haha. That would be a good time.
SPDNA: Oh absolutely haha!
DnM: That about wraps it up Isaac, thank you for your time.
SPDNA: And thanks for yours, Kyle. I’m glad you were able to connect with my music.
DnM: My pleasure
It’s fairly evident that Emotionz is a favourite here at DnM. It’s also fairly evident that his lyrical skill is beyond impeccable. I could just copy and paste the lyrical entirety of Brown Baby, but I’d rather highlight a few of his best one liners.
“My girl all I’m thinkin’ about while I’m touring through the land. From the corners of Japan to the corridors in Van”
“On my MJ synchronize thriller shit. Except we on the head-nod type dealer tip”
“Some woman fall in love when they see the whip. But only with the dudes with money not the realer shit. Relationships based on benefits its just so prevalent…it’s just ridiculous as your fake titties is, whack as black licorice”
Let your mind rest with ease to the soft sounds of Circles in the Ceiling’s new EP – Cavalier. The album is a swirling blend of post-rock, atmospheric and a dash of future beats.
Despite the majority of CitC’s lyrics being inaudible due to heavy distortion and reverb the emotions he sings about are conveyed through his music.
Someone call John Hughes!
Does this song really need any more promotion?
Some might say no; it’s released by Future Classic and it’s closing in 150,000 plays.
This is some sixteen candles, breakfast club, John hughes shit.
If I ever have the opportunity to stand outside a chicks window with a boombox, this is the song that will play.