Gynk

Exclusive Interview 

 

BIO: My name is Gynk. I am an extraterrestrial experimental electronic dance musician. I began to make music as a means to break away from the oppressive, painfully boring patriarchy of everything and find some freedom in rebellion through speaking truth to power. I started to make music using all the resources and tools I could get my hands on at the time, and at the very beginning I had very little with very little experience. Yet, I learned a lot and found a way to make it work for myself and find my own sound. That will be especially present in my next upcoming project.I make mostly experimental electronica-based music, as I stated before, with hints of hip hop, trip hop, D&B, big beat, rock, synthpop, vaporwave, synthwave, house, along with other styles of music. In other words, I like to experiment A LOT with my music. No two albums or songs will sound exactly the same, minus a few similar uses of sounds or genres between songs on any given album. If I feel like adding rock or spacey acoustic guitars, I do. Samples? Chop it up and splice it into the mix, if the mood strikes. Ambience? That’s the atmosphere that builds my world. Synths? I live for them and use them extensively to add texture to the atmosphere. Really, anything else is fair game to work with in my eyes, and I look forward to doing so very much in the future. I also look forward to working with more amazingly talented artists, as the collaborations I have had in this new album have given me a lot of different ways of looking at and approaching musical composition.But this is all irrelavent, really…I honestly just want to make music that resonates with people and touches them in a way perhaps other music might not do the same way for them. I want to make music for those who feel just as strange and alienated and isolated as I do, and perhaps if these people know they are not alone, it might truly bring a sense of content to their lives knowing that others understand their pain or difference. People should know how valuable they are and how much opportunity is out there for them. And maybe, in the same way, I can learn from these very same people to help myself feel like I’m not alone in the universe. Because at least then I will know that there are others that are just as alien as me, and I think that’s okay.

 

Who are your top 5 influences? I am influenced by a great deal of music and art, and much of it is incredibly varied. But if I have to pick out my top five influences, it would go as follows: Daft Punk, Post Malone, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, 2Pac Perhaps this will give you some perspective as to just what moves me and how far I want to take my music sonically, but it probably won’t givw you the full picture unless I could list on for days. Personally, I wish I could’ve chosen 10 or 20 of my influences, but I suppose this works. lol

 

When are your new projects coming out? I have a new album, called “Euphoricosis”, which should be coming out sometime in October or November. If not, I will keep everyone posted as to when it’s coming.The only reason for this is that this album has taken much longer than I first anticipated and many obstacles have gotten in the way of many previously set release dates. That’s why this time I am not going to set an official date until I know all is complete and all loose ends are accounted for. Three of it’s singles have already been released: “Extraterrestrial Flow”, “Bring in the Moment”, and “The Shadows of Corruption”. You can check them out literally anywhere from Spotify to Apple Music to YouTube, up to the release of the full album. These are merely small samples of what is to come, so that much I can tell you. Other than that, you are just going to have to find out whether or not you like or resonate with the music for yourself. The album took a lot of inspiration from albums like “Discovery” by Daft Punk, “Pet Sounds” by Beach Boys, “We Don’t Need To Whisper” by Angels & Airwaves, “Disintegration” by The Cure, “Trench” by Twenty One Pilots, along with a great deal of synth music, vaporwave, and hip hop. The artist that made me want to make the switch to rapping was 2Pac, as I wanted to bring back that old school hip hop flow and vibe. In terms of singing and the pop music elements you will hear, you can credit that to Post Malone, Joji, and a lot of 80s ballad-esque music.

What helped you get into music? I have always been deeply, heavily into music and very personally inspired by it. Ever since I was very young, I was introduced to the likes of The Cure, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Doors, Nirvana, RHCP, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, and so on. There’s too many great artists, legendary music, and influences to list, honestly. The one thing that really pushed me to make the jump into making music, however, was Daft Punk. Discovering them for the first time was like a huge revolution to me, and it completely changed my concept of what music can be. Their sound and style was so unique and so varied, you couldn’t even really put a pin on just one sound or style that defines the energy and fantastical nature of them. They are defined by many sounds and styles, and they are not limited by anything but their own capabilities. They went as far as they wanted to and pushed boundaries that challenged us to look at music differently. I guess you could say I’m passing on the same message, and for the sake of artistic expression to the most open extent. It is not a matter of how art is created, necessarily, or what it is as a “product”. Music, much like art in general, is whatever you want to make of it, and that can literally be anything! The endless possibilities of what can come to be of it is what makes me remain hopeful of how you can translate true meaning into these ideals and ways of formulating music and expressing one’s true feelings in an auditory way. The way I see it, make the music that you want to make and don’t bat an eye at the naysayers. Because if you are capable of more than what they want to limit you to, there is truly no bounds and no end to what you can do and what you can be.

 

What is one thing you would tell your fans? I might be repeating myself in some sentiments, but I really want to stress just how valuable you are as a person and I want you to know that you are capable of doing whatever it is you want to do. Life can be hard, and it can be the ultimate test to our will and determination at times. But you should work through these struggles and overcome them to become the better version of yourself. More importantly, don’t worry about being the “best” version of yourself all of the time. Don’t pressure yourself into being anything you’re not. Because the best thing you can be is yourself, and you should embrace everything of what that makes you. If others don’t understand that the same way you do, it shouldn’t matter. Just do you and leave the rest to time. If you work for something hard enough that’s worth having, it is more than likely you will at least reap some of the benefits from that. But you can’t do that if you give up on it. Be persistent, and be sure to build your dreams into reality.

What are your biggest goals for 2019? My biggest goal for 2019 is to have a genuine sense of community and create a musical and artistic dialogue through these mediums. Along with speaking to multiple different artists in the scene, I hope to gain more fans and communicate with them as much as possible to hopefully gain new perspective on matters in ways that I might not have seen them previously. With new perspective comes new ways of looking at the world and expanding your horizons. I wish to do that as much as “humanly” possible. lol On top of that, I want this new album to at least stand as a benchmark to redefining what me and my music is, as well as what music can become in my eyes. Because in the past, I haven’t done that good of a job at expressing just what I can speak through music and how real that can be. I want to make that shift now, so that when I plan on moving on and evolving that I’ll already be well on my way of having the kind of open mindset that will allow me to do it with full force. As long as I keep on that grind and I focus on what’s important to me, though, that shouldn’t even be a question or an issue.


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