First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been making music for?
Thanks for having me! I am from Pennsylvania in the US and I’m currently 24 years of age and about to turn 25 on the 28th of February. I’ve always had a creative connection to making noise so to speak since as early as I can remember.
What connected you to the path of music making? Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started?
I remember I received a toy drum set when I was around 5-6 years old and I’d just make rhythms and whatnot. I’ve always found myself to be very unconventional with how I work. Even so, being 3 to 4 years old, pretending to connect wires with tape from an old mini box TV and imagining it being able to do different things. Imagination has always been key my whole life. I really owe it to an old neighbor of mine. He was nice enough to let me try some old DAW software and go wild with it (Sound Forge ACID, SONAR XL, Plugins, loop packs, etc.). He’s a musician himself, so he primarily used Cakewalk SONAR.
I’d say making music has provided a fantastic creative outlet of my imagination.
Did you have any musical experience prior to starting electronic music production? What bands inspired you to pick up doing electronic music, instead of what some might consider more conventional instrument oriented music?
I actually don’t, although how typical that sounds. I wound up banging on tables and walls, making rhythms and different noises for different surfaces. I remember I was that type of kid that had a pots and pans set I would go crazy at and at a few occasions being told to quiet down while living in a town house at the time. I was inspired by, spiritually through and directly, a band named Skinny Puppy. First time I heard the soundtrack for this game titled: Descent, and particularly the PlayStation 1 version, which had the CD quality audio on it. I fell in love with the electronic sound since and I owe it to that game.
Are there any particular instruments, programs, or effects that you would say are vital to you making music? If so, is there a reason in particular that draws you to said creative outlet?
Anything that can be unconventionally used to make another sound. I really want to make something sound like it involved a lot of processing but would involve very little, especially for my budget at the moment. Like they say: It’s not the tool you have. It’s how you use it.
Have you been involved in any projects prior to using your Hypnotic Jerk alias?
Actually, I haven’t. Originally, making music was a hobby of creative expression. Still is in a way. Being a musician is difficult doing just that alone. Electronic, acoustic, whatever… There still needs to be supplemental income until you blow up.
Before joining in collaboration with myself, and The Infidel Netwerk, have you had any prior experiences in collaboration? Would you say overall that collaboration has changed the way you approach or think about music?
I haven’t. It has a tad though. I usually expect when someone works around another’s ideas, it should be smooth sailing. Creatively, there’s always inspirations and mentoring on either end all the time.