Infidel Interview #107: Isserley

First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Thank you so much for having me, It’s great to be a part of it! I’m from Australia, and I release music under the name Isserley. How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

I barely leave the house so I don’t think I’m influenced much by the outside world. I’m way more influenced by the media I consume, movies, games, that kind of thing. What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

For the near, I have a new album called Sadposting coming out this year, likely next month. I’ve always been a total defeatist about the future though, so I don’t really plan ahead much. I’ll probably just start another album, but I have some plans for smaller projects I’d like to undertake. I’m making a really dark noise diary at the moment, and I’ve begun scoring a survival horror game that will be out soon on Steam. Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

I’m very easily distracted by new genres and styles, so I constantly try to change up what I do. Actually, I’m probably not easily distracted at all, just very easily bored. I tend to experiment less with new genres and more with specific tropes from popular genres. Lately it’s been 808 bass, which is hugely prominent in Soundcloud rap and ironically, quite a lot of current pop music too. As a whole though I’ve taken to just describing my music as “Dark Electronic” since that could mean anything from Dubstep to Pop, and generally my music takes enough from so many different electronic music genres that I can afford to be a little vague.

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?

If I wasn’t producing music I’d probably just spend every day watching movies and gaming, and while that isn’t so bad, I don’t think I could live that kind of life without the inevitable “What is my purpose?” breakdown. Over time I’ve accepted that music, or really any art in general, is an acceptable purpose. No matter how small your audience, even if it’s just your dog who sits next to you while you produce, you’re doing something so important. Even if nobody heard my music, I’d keep making it because it’s a catharsis that is so hard to replicate in any other situation. There’s been times where fans have told me they’ve had the same catharsis through listening to my music, and that is such an elating, purposeful thing to experience. If I can do that for even one person, I know that what I’m doing isn’t at all a waste of my life, and thus that in itself has changed my life because I don’t feel as though I’m aimlessly wandering through the world anymore, as much as I am contributing to it in a deeply emotional way.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

For me it’s 100% emotional. Some people are able to make a living producing because they can just think of a good song idea and make it happen, but for me it’s an entirely unpredictable thing. I can go months without making anything, and then make a whole album in a few weeks. I find that the happier I am, the more I struggle with producing because I enjoy myself more, but when I am suffering, I suffer through my music and let it speak for me. That’s probably what making music is all about for me.

When it comes to your musical self and your real world self, would you say that their is a separation? Do you find yourself getting into a character or mindset when you create, or do you find your music is a representation of your day to day self?

There’s definitely no separation, if anything I put more of a persona on in what you referred to as my real world self. My music is a very private and personal thing while I am creating it, there is no barriers or eyes watching me, nobody I have to impress or be the best version of myself for. I’m happy to release it publicly however, because I do really crave a deeper connection with people that I just don’t seem to be able to make naturally. I’ve forged very strong friendships through my music, and strengthened previous ones by sharing specific songs. Any art I make is always an extension of myself, or a reflection of a part of me that I struggle to show outside of art, but want to be recognised or appreciated for.

So much has been said, and it sometimes feel that every word combination has every been taken. As a lyricist myself I know the pain of how hard it can be to articulate something in a way that is both engaging to the audience and uniquely artist. How do you find inspiration for your lyrical poetry?