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?
I am from Houston, and depending on where you know me from, and how long you have known me you may call me by a different name. I am 24, and I go by Atum (Atemm)
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’m from Houston, and it is not known for music at all. There is a large scene of artist, but it is not the best town for artist. The neighboring city of Austin is much better, and more accepting I would say of artist than Houston is. Houston accepts a lot of our artist who are already known most famously Beyonce and Travis Scott, but support for the local artist in not a big thing here. I have to say the local scene here does not influence my creativity at all. The space theme does, but sonically Houston has no influence on my sound, but I do think there is a new sound brewing here for electronic, rock, and pop music.
What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?
My biggest influences are Nine Inch Nails, Prince, Tricky, Bjork, David Bowie, Outkast, Gackt, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix. I have other influences, but those are the ones that I can always recall immediately. Specifially I was really inspired to go from making rock music to doing what I do now by Prince, Trent Reznor, and Gackt. These guys inspired me because they played everything, and when they lived in the middle of nowhere and had nothing they made something.
What does Atum mean to you guys in 2017? And how does that compare to what the project meant to you guys when it was formed?
I am one member, and I happen to just play all of the instrument haha. The last year for me was a lot of progress sonically, and skill wise. My vision came full circle last year due to my feeling of comfort I have with synth and guitar now. I am working on vocals as well. To me it is coming back to my vision of being able to sing and perform how I would like, and I think the future of what I make and do will shock and surprise.
What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?
I see electronics being a part of it, but I see in time combing electronics with the natural instruments to create a new style. I have no words for this style, but I know I want to take the sounds of who I consider my predecessors to the next level in the modern world.