LIVE TRACKING/BEATMAKING SESSIONS @TWITCH
Who are you?
I carry the name SUN. RETURN TO POLARIS was created with my friend and collaborator STRAYEXCEL. I am the editor-in-chief.
When did you start recording?
I began recording in 2013 after toying around with a friend’s recording equipment. I had creative aspirations for improvising, but recording lyrics pushed me to write and to be patient with what I wanted to make. I wanted to specialize. At that time, I just wanted to be the nicest emcee. I knew I had a voice, I just needed refinement.
Are you making your own beats?
Yes, and out of necessity. I was originally hesitant; concerned about how time consuming it would become… how it might affect my writing. There was a voice in the back of my head saying “you need to be making your own beats”. I ignored that voice for as long as I could, but I knew that I couldn’t do it forever. I needed to widen my approach and become involved in other ways.
In hindsight, the real objective was to take all of my talents and tastes to the same dinner table. I can wield all of them together. I would like to extend myself to you, share my contributions with you, but in context. That’s what RETURN TO POLARIS is all about—framing (and not just myself either!). It’s very important that I am able to do that, as I believe the tools we have online today are designed to do the opposite.
I started off using a mouse and keyboard, followed by a few different controllers until I got hip to the SP-404. We’ve been divorced for some time now.
These days I’m more into track recording and programming, so I like to use some kind of drum machine and a mixer to record my own instruments. I also enjoy playing the bass. That said, no matter what I use, I like to improve on my ability to record my work. I take great pleasure in the engineering process. Where is everything going? How do I want to color the mix? These are just a few questions I have on my mind… but I trust the planning done to keep everything within reach. If I want to play the bass for a bit, I just pick it up, see if it’s in tune, and just hit record. I know that it will be fine. When I am not inspired, I will do the secretary work to make sure that I actually like the drums before I get started.
THE SUN IS UBIQUITOUS is my fourth instrumental project. I would like you to veer yourself into this project as you listen to it. This is me at my most sincere and at my most honest. That is my artwork on the cover. That’s my child.
When does it release?
THE SUN IS UBIQUITOUS releases on SUNDAY, JANUARY FIRST 2023. It will be available on digital and CD, the latter of which is in limited quantity.
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