By Liam J.S.

 

Influences

I had many wonderful influences which helped shape my work. One of the largest ones was from the music I listen to on a normal basis. Many of my favorite bands are immensely influential on my music, and it wouldn’t be the same if I had never heard them. The band Tool was especially influential on this album in particular, as is shown through my use of their song as a cover. They use many strange, unused rhythms and time signatures, even more than I do, and their intellectualism, instrumentation and mood were all very influential to the style of my album. Although I did not take any rhythms or melodies from their songs, they were a driving force for me wanting to not have 4/4 time on my album due to a band being so successful and sounding so beautiful while using odd rhythms and time signatures.

Another musician who greatly influenced my work was Eugene Hütz, the singer and guitarist for the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. He did not influence my work so much in the musical direction (although I do love his music) but mainly influenced me to strive for using more acoustic influence. He uses the phrase “Drum Machines Have No Soul” a lot, even pasting it on a guitar. This quote and his overall style of the avant-garde influenced me to be committed to have soul in all my music. I wanted my music to be a part of me, and that could not be accomplished if I didn’t make every noise on the album with some drop of human experience and influence from me, myself and I.

I was also greatly influenced by minimalist music. My music shares many aspects with minimalism, so it was obviously a fairly influential part of the project. When I produced most of my songs, I did not think of making a verse, chorus, bridge or outro, I just wrote, and most of the time this led me to have one melody, one central theme repeated over and over, yet being expanded and warped, and never getting old. The idea of taking a simple melody and expanding to become an entire song is very minimalist, and yet I feel that my work also makes it very interesting and engaging, disproving the common opinion that minimalism is uncreative and boring. For me minimalism doesn’t mean less effort, it is just a different way of organizing songs.

 

All songs written by Liam J.S. except for "Vicarious" written by Tool.

All songs recorded and played by Liam J.S.

©2010 by Liam J.S.