#CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the talent working within them. In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to musician RAZORRHEAD.
PW- Hey Chris! How’s it going?
Very well thank you, very excited for what will be on offer this year.
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
To put it briefly RAZORRHEAD is a one-man band that specializes in creating electronic music, whether it is ambient, EDM, techno etc. One album may be very dark ambient, then the next album may be upbeat EDM. Its always nice to give the fans a bit of a surprise for every release.
PW- You released two albums in 2018- “Distorted Ambience” and “(—0_x—)”. What inspired you to release two albums so close together?
Just having a lot of energy. I love writing all sorts of music and just releasing it, its my favourite part of the project. Usually during the writing process, I will write what ever comes to mind, its not often I sit in the studio and think I want to write this or that style of music. Afterwards, that song goes into a sub genre folder like a techno folder or a 8 bit gaming music folder etc. Once a folder has about 12 songs (depending if I want to release it as an EP or LP) it is ready to be mastered, art work made and then released. During the 1st year of RAZORRHEAD, I had so many songs I wanted to release so decided it would be good to create two albums and build a bigger portfolio straight away. Plus, I was quite proud of the 2nd album so really didn’t fancy waiting about a year to release it.
PW- I think it’s safe to say whilst your music definitely has a distinct Dance/ Electronic vibe, it also feels vary mature and ethereal. What music or art do you take influence from when creating your projects?
Thank you. There are many influences, some of them being Nine Inch Nails, Deadmau5, KoRn, Cabaret Volatire……..It would take all day to talk about my influences. But there are 2 very big influences. One of them being ‘zdzislaw beksinski’ who was a famous polish artist. I fell in love with his art work and decided to make my 1st album all about the concept of his art. The other main influence is a group called ULVER. They have created a lot of albums over the years and theirs are very different to each other too. They started off as black metal, then moved onto soundtrack music, then dark ambient, then covers, and now onto a sort of 80s synthwave vibe at the moment. This band kind of gave me the license to make my albums very different to each other rather than having to stick to a particular style of music.
PW- You create music under the name RAZORRHEAD. How did you develop this brand/ persona? Was it something that has matured with your sound, or was it always the intention to create a brand around a certain idea.
To be honest I just wanted a name that felt catchy and stood out. I originally started a solo project a while back called Teknetium-99, but at the end the name felt too complicated and didn’t work at all. I play in an industrial band called Spawn Of Psychosis and each member has their stage name. I was given the name RAZORR upon joining them. So after a bit of thinking when starting the project, RAZORRHEAD just felt right!
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
All I can say really is just enjoy what you are doing. Confidence grows over time. I have a lot more confidence than I did years ago, this is because I have learnt from my mistakes. I just learn to enjoy what I am doing regardless of the situation. Even through the more crappy times in my life, music has always been there! So to me this is my safe space. Just keep doing what you are doing, try not be the same as everyone else. Grab all of your influences and use them to create your own brand of music. As long as you put passion into your music, and you live for it, you will go far! There are many bands out there that try to be this or that style of music, with all of these strict rules to follow. Music should not have any rules what so ever! Be an anarchist, be mad, and be free!
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement!
Welcome to the Mind’s Madness. Enjoy what you are doing and keep —(((!!!)))—–. See you lot on the other side ——o_0——xxxxxxxx
Check out RAZORRHEAD on Spotify here.