Ky∆zMa

∆ Electronic-Folk ∆ Bass-Folk ∆ “Techno-Rock” ∆ Wizard Pop ∆

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Lune Noire Interview

How did you meet?

C: I was moving into my first home in MTL and some (seemingly) random guy walked up to me and asked if I wanted a hand. “Sure, awesome!”, I was happy to share countless numbers of runs up 3 flights of stairs! William proceeded to enter the home….this random helper was my new roommate..nice:)

How would you describe your music?

C: Deep level. Psychedelic. Rhythmic. Conscious. Evolving. A surprising method to some kind of madness. Harmonious. Flowy. 

 What are your creative influences, musical or otherwise?

W: I was pretty heavily influenced by Boards of Canada. They really turned me onto electronic music. Christina and I were also really influenced by Tool as well (and I’m going to see them this week!!!!). WOW. Now I’m excited, what was the question again? Oh ya, Radiohead is another big influence of mine. And I know Christina was really influenced by Janis Joplin, The Doors, and Tom Waits. 

Who writes the lyrics? What is the creative process?

C: William wrote nearly all the lyrics for our first album over the course of about 10 years. I came in and helped to fill out the sound through piano and bring in vocal harmony. We worked together to create solid song structure and flow to the concept album.  

 

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Bandcamp: https://kyazma.bandcamp.com/releases

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Was the song “Magician Man” inspired by that chapter in Plato’s Republic about the sun, the line, and the cave?

C: Yes, absolutely, good catch! This is the song that William is most proud of, one of the earliest songs he ever wrote (while deep in his philosophical studies) and one that he feels ease in sharing, since it comes from some body else’s depths of a soul.  

W: This is true. There was also personal experience influencing the writing, but for sure Plato was the lyrical inspiration.

Do either of you have any spiritual practices that influence your musical craft?

C: Yes. We both have a practice that influences our lives, which consequently gets poured into the music! Christina practices yoga and Thai yoga massage therapy, and is in tune with “source”.

William practices meditation and is also connected to source. ******* 

W: Suuuuuuuuuuuure. 😉 

How do you understand the musician’s role in contemporary society?

C: Good question! 

As music influences the general tone to a moment the one behind/creating the music holds a tremendous amount of power in the present moment. The musician weaves the web, connects the dots, creates constellations. Influenced by external environment as well as personal experience, the musician transcends (experience, feelings, emotions, life) from the inside out, and outside in. Kind of a torus type situation. 

What is the most magical musical experience you have ever had?

W: We had this experience during the recording process where we were singing a line in Kia “we are pieces of the sun, we are God” and as soon as we hit the line, there was some glitch and the vocal processor detuned our harmonies about an octave. So we sounded like demons essentially. It was pretty magical…. AND HORRIFYING! Especially because we were recording it in a shed in the woods.

But there have been countless moments of beauty as well. Really heart-warming connections with people essentially. Audience sing-alongs are always pretty magical. We are very lucky. (Forget I mentioned that spooky demon thing! You can’t take life too seriously).

In what way has Merleau-Ponty influenced your music?

 W: Of course our band name is the first example of Merleau-Ponty’s influence. It was his concept of the chiasm that led to our name Ky∆zMa – we felt the idea expressed our artistic intentions pretty well.

I also feel like our “musical infrastructure” is pretty directly influenced by Merleau-Ponty’s thinking. His way of thinking about embodiment and feedback systems has had a deep impact on the way I relate to music gear, for example. On my better days I think of KyAzMa through the lens of collective embodiment and try to map our software accordingly. Like, how do we make our band more like a space-ship?

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