When did you start making music and what was the contributing factor that made you do so?
Throughout my life I always knew I needed to give back to humanity in some way. Music was something I have always had a passion for. I decided I needed to compose and record my own body of work. My hope was that if any of my songs could help someone else in the way other music has helped me, my purpose was fulfilled. I started composing as Phelian in 2015.
What is the main art form that influenced you in creating? Was it only music or did movies and other forms of art influence your creative process?
I start all my projects from a blank session. I don’t watch films often but usually after I watch one I will feel inspired enough to create. Most of my inspiration comes from listening to other music.
What are the steps that an idea takes before becoming a fully fledged song? How does that idea affect the way you build an album from the ground up?
Sometimes I will have a specific idea but most of the time I just start experimenting with sound design until I do something by accident that resonates with me and from there the track evolves naturally. The progression of an album is a gradual process of taking a group of tracks I made over time that share a similar feeling and from there a clear vision and concept will determine the direction.
What do you consider the most important traits that a song and an album must have before you consider it to be completed?
Well I think for the song, the important thing is that it resonated with me at some point while I was making it. The album comes together organically and the concept for it comes into focus gradually over time. I never have a set plan on how things evolve. I think trying to force an idea makes the music less authentic.
What is your main motivation to create and be creative?
I like to think of it as me documenting my own personal journey. My motivation to create comes from the desire to contribute to humanity and to the betterment of myself.
How long does it take to go from a song to an album from scratch to the fully recorded version?
I think it’s all dependent on how much you work on it. For me I think 8 months to a year is a suitable time frame. Usually when I think a track is complete, I will go for a week to a month, months of not working on it at all, and revisit it later to see if I feel it needs to be developed more.
Do you take multiple takes of the songs before settling on the final version or do you go with the flow and just do one take?
I don’t do any live recordings at present within my compositions, so there are no takes to analyze.
What are your future plans and what advice do you have for people that want to get into creating music?
To continue the journey of creating and composing, to try new things and continue to evolve my sound. My advice for anyone wanting to get into creating music is to just follow your instincts, be true to yourself and everything will fall into place as it should.