Interview with Aidan Latham

Where are you from?
Benicia, California.
Members and their instruments?
It’s just me, I make all my music electronically on my own, however I do sometimes collaborate with people I know.
What does your band name mean?
Sadly I do not have a good answer for this because alas, that is my actual name.
What genre do you consider yourself? Why?
Electronic, I make all my music digitally, but recently I’ve been branching out to more experimental kinds of electronic.
When did you start?
I started making music just early March of this year actually! (2018)
What made you start?
Honestly it all started with just me making mock up album covers, and eventually it transitioned to me just messing around with music, which then transitioned to me really wanting to take a shot at this.
What drew you to music?
Music has always been a large part of my life, and has been a nice constant for as long as I can remember. You can form a certain connection with music and memories you can’t quite do for any other type of media.
What are some of your most influential bands? Why?
My favorite artists are probably Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, Radiohead, and recently Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
What was your first song together?
The first song I ever made was a really weird piano piece when I was just messing around with things.
What is your song writing process?
For me a lot of times a melody will pop into my head out of nowhere, and I’ll use that melody, build from it, think of others melodies to go with it, etc. A lot of times whole songs sprout from a very small idea. Other times I literally just mess around on my keyboard and sometimes I’ll find something I really like.
How has your music evolved since you began playing together?
Oh definitely, I’ve gone from very simplistic, looping music, to making music I make sure to stay interesting throughout it’s whole run time, adding more background elements and focusing more on how a song changes throughout.
What songs do you perform the most often?
I’ve never actually gotten a chance to perform live, but if I did, some of my favorites would probably be some of my recently released stuff, like Caged, Horizon, or The Escape.
Do you play any covers?
I have not made a cover song, but if I ever do it will probably be Daft Punk’s Veridis Quo.
Do you have a set play list?
If I was to have one, it’d be..
1. Intro (from the Horizon album)
2. Skyrise
3. Neighborhood (song)
4. Caged
5. Reminiscence
6. Falling
7. At Horizon’s Gate
8. Horizon (song)
9. Triumph
Is there a secret meaning in any of your music?
For my last two albums I’ve tried to make a song with a sort of story to it. The title track on Neighborhood through the song is supposed to show my state of mind as my hometown was entirely covered with smoke from a nearby fire. My most recent one, the titular track off of Horizon, while doesn’t have a story per se, is supposed to show a transition from natural sounds, to very synthetic ones, which I tried to show in the cover for that album.
What is your favorite part of working in music?
The creativity to it. I get to design the cover, make the songs, and the titles. There’s so much room to be creative to as full of an extent as possible, it’s great.
What is your least favorite part of working in music?
Probably the marketing, you have to make sure you’re promoting it best you can, you gotta have a release schedule, make sure nothing goes wrong, it get’s stressful.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? If so how?
I have not played live, but I know for a fact performing live would be incredibly scary to me.
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
I don’t really want to answer this question.
How do you describe your music to people?
I use electronic for my music, just as an umbrella term, but usually the people who try it see that it isn’t all the same style.
What image do you hope your music conveys?
This is a tough one. After thinking about it, I hope it conveys, well, hope!
Where have you performed?
I haven’t.
Do you have any up coming shows?
Sadly no.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Honestly it’s probably my latest album. I spent so many hours tweaking the smallest things to try to get it as perfect as can be, and it’s a huge weight off my chest for it to be out.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a band?
Probably trying to stay consistent, while also changing.
Are you happy with the current success of your band?
Well so far only about 5 people are active listeners. And while I am very grateful for those people, I hope I can reach a wider audience soon.
What is the ultimate direction for your band?
Recently it’s been to make a really impactful, emotional song, without any lyrics.
What steps have you taken to get there?
The music I’m working on currently I feel is definitely getting to that goal!
What steps do you still have to do?
Honestly a lot of what it takes to achieve something like that is practice, practice, practice.
How do you feel about the internet and the music business?
Just in general? I’m happy the internet, and sites like Bandcamp & Youtube, give independent artists like me a place to share our music.
What is your favorite concert you’ve attended?
I haven’t been to many, but right now it’s probably seeing Nine Inch Nails at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.
What do you do besides music?
I make art (graphite, paintings) on my own, but haven’t shared it with many.
What is something you would like to tell your younger self?
Probably to just start making music earlier so I would’ve had more practice once I got to this point.
What is your favorite song? (not by your band)
It’s become my favorite recently, but probably Sleep by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Amazing post rock song.
What do you wish you spent more time doing 5 years ago?
It took me way too long to really dig into my creative side, so probably that.
What advice do you have others wanting to start their own bands?
If you’ve been debating whether or not you should do it, just do it! The worst thing that could happen is you find out you don’t like it, which just means you now know something new about yourself.
Any last words?
I hope anyone who tries out my music enjoys it, and has it to connect to memories with.


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