Interview with Music Composer and performer “Artiel”
Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers and what made you want to become a musician?
Hi! I am a young Australian-based music composer and performer for scores, trailers, and other fun stuff. I’ve graduated with a music major from the Sydney Conservatorium, I am a lifelong multi-instrumentalist who now prefers to focus on composition, bringing my ideas to life through the magic of music. I like to work on all kinds of music, from traditional classical composition and epic fantasy all the way through to new and innovative electronic DAW-based bangers. In my free time, I also love teaching and running a successful music atelier called Artielle Studios. I was first introduced to and classically trained on the violin as a primary school kid: I could not have hated it more! Later I
Q: Who has been your most influential teacher or mentor?
The mentor that inspired me to a large extent was the music teacher I had during high school: she was very curt, strict and talented and it was what I needed at the right time. My mum forcing me to practice on a daily basis from the age of 4 didn’t do me too much damage either…
Q: What are your favourite musical genres, and are there any you dislike?
My favourite musical genre would be epic cinematic and orchestral-type pieces. I genuinely like most kinds of music, and have dabbled in making something in a variety of genres. There are so far few I genuinely cannot stand: they include death metal and all pop music for the past 2 years.
Q: What would you say is your greatest weakness as an artist?
My greatest weakness as an artist is being decisive: I always end up with multiple alternatives to a track and am never sure if I picked the right one….
Q: In terms of the overall composition, what is your favorite song and why?
That’s a tricky question; I feel like it always shifts and changes. At the moment I would probably have to answer “9 Crimes” by Damien Rice. It’s simple, straightforward and refreshingly acoustic, yet the music video has meaning and so do the lyrics. A runner-up would be “Something That I Want”… it’s a Disney song from Tangled and sounds nothing like this. That’s my music taste in a nutshell
Q: What kind of music artist would you classify yourself as?
I consider myself a film/score musician, though that often means being able to track a very large variety of genres,
Q: Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
My most influential musicians of all time have been Brunuh Ville, Eurielle and Gabrielle Aplin in that order. I accidentally discovered Brunuh Ville when I was 12 and my music teacher asked me to show him my homework: “find an artist you like the sound of”. So on the spot whilst he was watching I googled Celtic music, pressed the first track, ironically found out I actually liked what I was listening to, found out how he was making all his music and it’s been all downhill ever since.
Q: Would you agree that it is very important to learn, study and understand old music and music history?
Understanding where out contemporary music comes from is fundamental if you want to broaden your sound. Yes, you can play music without knowing anything about its history or knowing how to read music sheets the old-fashioned way but “if I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Why would one not want to take full advantage of centuries worth of musical knowledge?
Q: Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Given I am more the composer, I have organised performances of my original pieces at the Sydney Conservatorium of music, as well as worked with Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Q: What’s next for you?
This coming year I will begin my master's in music and with it, I will be publicising and my compositions with full force: it was something I had laid off on to just bide my time, while I finished other studies, but with the beginning of this new round of musically focused education I will be working with artists and musicians of a higher calibre.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for your Music video?
My recent track and music video for “Avalonian” was based on the legend of King Arthur, so if you are aware with how the story plays out well enough you will notice the videography is not random; it vaguely follows the chronological plot line.
Q: Do you have any advice for young music makers like yourself?
My advice is stick to your own! Music really is in large part about learning from and working with other musicians who make similar kind of content to you
Q: social media profiles:
Twitter — https://twitter.com/Artielmusic
Twitter — https://twitter.com/Artielmusic