Mantle (Interview)

Mantle Music:Lost

Today we speak to Fracture of Mantle.

Firstly, please tell our readers who and what you are.

I am Mantle – Evolve with Mantle.

So from DJ Fracture to Mantle. Why the change from DJing to music making?

DJing was fun, fun with other peoples music. I wanted to express myself, my own ideas, my own thoughts. So it just seemed like the most natural thing to do. It gives me an outlet more than what djing ever could.

Now you’ve released your début album “Strange Factory“. Please, tell us about it. (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)

The whole concept about Strange Factory is over consumption, globalisation, the human effect on the planet via industry, supply and demand. Its bleak… Listen to the album and draw your own conclusions. Its an aggressive album with a stark message.

Tell us how you make music?

I have a Yamaha PSR 170 keyboard its fairly basic but I use that to work out bass-lines and melodies, I also use a FameDD305 Electronic drum kit also to work out percussion and beats once I’ve got an idea together ill then translate that into Ableton my DAW of choice via my Akai Controller and then further manipulate it with on-board synthesizers or plug-ins.

Now, you’re an amateur music maker. Have you found it a boon or a hindrance?

I’ve had no formal training at all, I’ve always wanted to make ‘electronic’ music in a dark sense. I bought a couple of books about music theory and production watched as many online tutorials as I could and just practised with the aforementioned keyboard and drum kit and learned the basics. However the next challenge you face is the software and understanding that aspect of the creative process. I started producing in 2015 knowing nothing about music making and I’m still learning new things everyday and I’m sure ill continue until I die. It is a labour of love.

Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?

I’ve simply just experimented with sounds, hardware and software, there is always scope to learn and to improve.

Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?

I would like to add a live drummer and perhaps a guitarist for simple riffs but that all remains to be seen.

Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?

I just hope that my music can reach a few people I’m not looking for huge success, I produce for my own sanity and expression if someone happens to like what I do then great. I’m working on a side project called ‘Corrosive Fluid’ with a producer based in Dublin we have a few tracks that we are working on but nothing released as of this space.

Any plans to play live?

I played live in 2016 at Gothic Species, Ireland’s only Goth/Industrial festival, it went well it was a début show for me so I was as nervous as hell as one could imagine, I received positive feedback from people in attendance, I am planning on playing again this year, I’ve also DJ’ed the event as Fracture.

Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?

I think all musicians have an important role to play in all aspects of life, music is food for the soul, it can brighten your day a song or a track can take you back in time remind you of something special.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Stop illegal downloads!

Any advice for new bands? Anything you’d like to tell our readers?

Be true to yourself, make music for yourself first and foremost and everything else will fall into place.

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