London based psychotherapy student Adrian releases his next single, LDP with us this Friday. A fusion of overdriven synthesis and sweeping pads, each track reflects his fascination with light and darkness. We sat down with Adrian to learn more about his work...
://How would you describe your music?
My music is very diverse. I enjoy so many different styles of music and draw from all of them in my own compositions. Like most electronic music artists, I tend to use the Minor scales in my compositions. The Minor scales are known from old church modes to be the sadder, darker tones. Interestingly enough, using the Minor scales has an incredibly captivating effect on the public. That is not to say that only Minor chords are used in my music. In any good track, tension needs to be created between Minor and Major chords (sad and happy). For me, the Major chords represent hope; hope that we can work through the darkness.
://Which artists have inspired you?
I've been a big fan of Philip Glass's minimalistic and repetitive music motifs. He is a creative genius and an incredible pianist. Seeing him play has helped my own endeavour in syncopated rhythms. On the theme of piano players, Max Ricther, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen and Jazz artists like Bill Evans helped open my eyes to different modes that the Piano can be used in. In Hip Hop, I used to be a massive fan of Tupac, Wutang Clan, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doog back in the day. I don't listen to hip hop as much as I used to when I was a teenager, but it still has an imprint and influence on me.
From the electronic scene and dance floor artists, I can remember Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren and Dave Seaman being the first DJ's who I explored in the late 90s early 2000s. They blew my mind away. At the time I lived in Romania and it was only recorded mixes I could get my hands on. There was no YouTube or tracklists. The internet was still young. I remember listening to Global Underground, Back to Mine and Renaissance albums –wonderful pieces of work that are magical even today. Everything these artists were doing was on another level. Suddenly, people could have "a one-man band" where the DJ/producer does everything from the composition in the studio to the live performance on stage. Times were changing, and people like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada or Daft Punk came to the scene. We live in the best of times where almost everything is possible.
://What is the meaning behind
We Are Made Of Light?
I picked the name a few years ago when I was exploring Eastern Philosophies and discovered the importance of light to human existence. I was also inspired by quantum physics and their way of interpreting light. As for the name itself, it's clear that if you look through a pair of infrared glasses, you discover that living beings are to a large extent made of light. What I find really interesting is that we are unable to see our own light with the naked eye. It's only because light transfers its energy as heat, that we can see it with infrared glasses.
What's also interesting is that there are many other facets of life that we cannot see. The human brain interprets, to its best capabilities, the world around it. But this interpretation is entirely subjective and prevents us from seeing the world as it actually is – including our own true nature. Dualism is born from the separation of the body and world, which in turn creates an internal conflict of opposites. We have a tendency to see only the good and try to deny the evil, although both exist.
From my adventure with psychology, I've discovered humans aren't made of just light, but also darkness; to get to that light, we have to confront the darkness within ourselves. In Buddhism there is a story of Padmasambhava who is born out of a lotus flower. This lotus flower flourishes from the mud, which represents all of our negative emotions such as sadness, pain and anger. That is to say, that to find the light that exists within us, we need first to confront those dark aspects of our personality – the challenging emotions that people don't want to feel. Music can help us to do that. At a personal level music helped me to look at my darkest aspects and come to terms with them and accept them. My hope is that my music will help others to also see themselves as they truly are, including their light and dark aspects