Image and mythology are important to cult-favourite electronic artist Mothrider, who enjoys a huge fanbase and plenty of upcoming happenings for 2012. Welcome to Independent Music Promotions, Mothrider. Your image is fascinating. Do you think that too many musicians slack in this department?
I have always been drawn to musicians and bands that have a theatrical aspect to their shows. Bands like KISS, Lordi, GWAR, Buckethead, and Daft Punk have always drawn me in. I grew up with them all…and with a lot of comic books. It’s part of who I am. I feel like it adds an element of mystery and spectacle to my shows, and makes me a symbol of my music. I’m not just a guy playing songs on stage. It’s not for every musician, but it works for me.
I enjoyed your tracks, especially “Arcane”. What’s on the way as far as new releases in 2012?
Several new releases are planned for 2012. I have been pushing my equipment to its limits, seeing what types of crazy and complex sounds I can integrate into the madness. I’m hoping to cover a lot of ground in the Northwest with live shows this year, and possibly release a full length album.
Networking with other local bands has really helped, and being open minded. I don’t just try and play to or cater to the electronica world. Electronic music seems to be synonymous with the club scene, and I’m trying to break that stereotype. I have played with hip-hop acts, indie rock bands, and even metal bands. People are very opened minded these days when it comes to music. Much of my attention has come from people that you’d never find in the rave scene, and I like playing dives just as well as upscale clubs. I’ll play for any crowd, anywhere. I think that is part of my appeal.
Who in music do you most admire most and why?
I really appreciate Trent Reznor. He’s always been a hero of mine. I think I just appreciate that he’s always done his own thing, and he makes some amazing sounds. Also, System Of A Down is way up on my list. Nobody can do what they do.
Do you have any advice for aspiring independent musicians who may feel disillusioned or discouraged at times?
Keep playing, and keep searching for who you are. Find your niche. Always keep up to date on new gear and recording equipment that can help you find your sound. Don’t ever expect it to happen overnight, and be persistent with getting shows when you are ready. Booking agents see and hear from a LOT of bands. Stand out, and don’t approach them until you are polished. Be patient!
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