Please welcome Shroud to the storm!
Q1: Welcome Shroud! Where did the Shroud project come from? Take us back to the beginning in regards to your decision to make music under this alias.
A1: Shroud came from my desire to connect with everyone. With Shroud, there’s no limits. I want everyone to be able to see themselves as me. If you put a face, gender, religion, age, or sexuality to who I am, I feel it defeats the purpose. I’m using this project as a way to inspire and encourage others to make music. We’ve got to all come together and support each other, create a sense of community, and grow together. I’m hoping this project allows others to have confidence in themselves, because without a doubt, each and every one of us has the potential to do great things, regardless of who you are.
Q2: Who has been the biggest inspiration and or role model in your journey thus far? Inside and outside the worlds of music, of course.
A2: : I’d say my absolute biggest inspiration in the music world has been Drivepilot. I consider her a pioneer in melding genres together. The way she’s able to incorporate jazz bass with gritty dubstep and glitchstep beats is pure magic. Her ability to step out of the norm has encouraged me to not just stick with what’s comfortable, and actually branch out and have fun when producing. As far as outside of music, Steve-O has had a monumental influence on me. Many years ago, I was on a dark path with addiction. It got to a point where my vices had severely affected every aspect of my life in a negative way. I had to choose between continuing on that path and losing my life to it, or make some changes. Watching Steve-O‘s journey really helped to cement the fact that recovery is possible in my mind. He reminded me that we aren’t alone in these struggles, and that there’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to addiction. Every single person on this planet is stronger than they give themselves credit for
Q3: What has been your favorite track to make so far in your career? Why this track?
A3: My favorite track I’ve made so far is one that’s currently unreleased, titled “HTML“. It’s completely uninhibited. When making it, I really let go of all restraints regarding genre and had fun with it. The track came together surprisingly quick, within about a day’s time. I loved making it, and I hope you all love listening to it, whenever it does come out. All my listeners will just have to stay tuned as to when that’s going to drop.
Q4: What do you have in store for the rest of 2020 and or into 2021? Let your fans know what is next in the realm of Shroud!
A4: There are a few things in store for the rest of 2020. First and foremost, I’m dropping my new dubstep track titled, “Just Too Much” on October 31st. Shortly after that, I’m going to be pushing out a Just Too Much Remix EP. The stems for that are available to download now, and the deadline to enter is November 20th. There are a few house tracks that will be coming out before the year is over with as well. As far as what’s in store for 2021, my new management Tim McGowan and I are hitting the ground running with some singles, a few EPs, and some big collabs. There’s a lot in the works.
Q5: Your musical arsenal is definitely thick and packs some heat. Although, out of curiosity, who are you trying to collaborate with here in the near future?
A5: Our scene is absolutely flooded with talent, so it’s hard to choose! I’d say an artist that’s stood out to me lately has been Yookie. Their experimental style captivates me, and I get the feeling we could make some totally unhinged madness together. Dirtysnatcha is also killing the game lately. I’d love to get together with him and release some good ‘ol dirty dubstep. A collab that’s not quite in the future, but something I dream of doing at some point, is a track with Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon. There’s just something about that dude’s vocals, and I live for it.
Q6: Walk us through your creative process behind your house track Anything. What went into that track creatively from your perspective as an artist? What about Shroudmospheres?
A6: The track “Anything” was created when I was going through a lot of different emotions. There were quite a few aspects of my life changing, and a bit of strife between a good friend and I. I was figuring out my journey and just trying to get through things, ya know? Making that track allowed me to regulate how I was feeling, and transform it into something more positive. I’d say the process was a lot like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Shroudmospheres is just a stem for the remix contest. Honestly, there’s nothing too special about it or the process behind it. I named it that so that I wouldn’t forget to include it in the remix EP pack!
Q7: Who do you see killing it these days? Give them some love and a shout-out below!
A7: As I said before, our scene is flooded with talent nowadays. Blaize is absolutely bringing the heat down in Texas. Sweet Teeth out in Philly is dropping some filth. And, of course, Excision for still going strong after all these years!
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