One for fans of the non-straightforward, Tryptamines are hard to define. Their conceptual sound is wilfully non-commercial, and all the better for it. For newcomers, their reissue of EP Metropolis is an excellent introduction, as is the interview below with member Chemical Callum.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
At the age of 4, when watching the movie Amadeus, and expressing clearly that I wanted to be able to play like that on piano. A keyboard was recieved by Santa Claus soon after and my natural ability led to the birth of my musical career.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I am a walking talking living piece of art. I am my own boss and I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Everything I do among illicit activities fuels my art along with the experience of life, which is what my art is about. Basically, I’m all about the art and a firm believer that art speaks for itself. All I want is to share my sounds and create music with other like minded nomadic souls of sound.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started to write tunes by the age of 12 when being introduced to music by my cousins. Bands such as Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Santana as well as a lot of jazz. It was an overload of many styles and made me realise that, with my classical training knowledge, it could lead me to create my own sounds.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
I performed in a young musician of the year competition and worked along names such as Morcheeba and, more specifically, Sky from Morcheeba during sessioning. I work a lot with other artists such as Bang On, Big Dada and Ninja Tunes. Along with other acts on the Fitlike Records crew like Best Girl Athlete, The Great Bear and many more solo performers who went on to do very well.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
My main influences are the people who I work with as they inspire me the most. They are among the most driven group of people in terms of trying to share their sounds with the world. Acts such as C.S Buchan, Best Girl Athlete, The Maternal Bum Bond Connexion – all northeast acts and all incredibly talented. All my main musical influences are probably too vast to mention but my collection right now consists of independent artists. Creatively free artists like Radiohead, Caribou, Tool are some of my main influences along with David Bowie bless his cotton socks. I love lots of different types of music and it would have to be commercial pish before aI really despise it but if it has a level of muscical credibility it wont go unnoticed from me.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Live the dream of life as it’s an experience we only get to embark upon once. Follow your dreams, the best and most beautiful things in life are free. Music is a philosophy of life we live by and they are mearly fruits of the earth. Remember not to let life pass you by, staring at a tiny robot – which I am writing this message on right now! This is effecting the way we live life, we should all take a step back and realise what’s going on and live instead of staring at a little tiny robot. Social interaction is being effected and we must be careful. Don’t sleep half your life away staring at something that does not hold the truth.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Other acts to check are The Great Bear, Death Let Her, Best Girl Athlete, The Maternal Bum Bond Connexion. Depeche Choad, Bang On .The Wab Lab. Min Diesel, The Jellybean’s Daughter, Stanley… There are so many amazing sounds, bands and artists coming out of the Northeast just now.
- Any gigs coming up?
A mini tour of Fitlike Records bands and Northeast bands will take place over next few months taking in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness along with an appearance at Psychedelic Festival in June. Our next gig is in Bluelamp Aberdeen around the launch of the album in late spring/early summer.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
Our official website www.tryptamines.co.uk
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