The US musician sat down with YMX to discuss his new single ‘flow down the stream’, how he is coping during the pandemic and the moment he realised being a musician was his true calling. The acclaimed musician and audio engineer has built a solid fanbase that has followed his career over the past years. He also isn’t afraid of getting political on his music for example on previous tracks such as ‘Death of America’. Angus is outspoken and frank, whether it is through his music or on social media. We are excited to introduce him and his music to all our readers!
YMX: Hey Angus, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
Angus: Dealing with a lot of health issues including two new disabilities, but ai’m trying to live in the present, instead of always seeking to get out of a situation. I was once afraid of death, but I feel more alive without that fear.
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
Angus: When I realized I had the capacity to write dozens of complete songs per week, I realized that it was a calling. I’m not really good at anything else, but putting my thoughts down on paper just comes naturally.
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
Angus: Elliott Smith: his songwriting skill, especially when it comes to chord progressions and melancholy lyrics, is unparalleled. Jeff Buckley: His emotional expression, whether performing live or in studio, is amazing. No musician has ever conveyed anguish and pain quite like him. Radiohead: one of the most revolutionary bands in music; their atmosphere and cohesion on their albums is awe-inspiring.
YMX: You recently released a new single. Can you tell us how that project came about?
Angus: I just released a single, “Flow Down the Stream,” which stemmed from my thoughts on the pandemic and wanting to let go of all my insignificant problems in the spirit of soul-searching.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
Angus: It was fairly easy for me as an audio engineer already, but I’d much rather be in a studio with access to all kinds if gear and plugins.
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
Angus: Yes and I already have done several, one of which can be found on youtube for the radio station WXJM.
YMX: Since pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
Angus: It’s incredibly important; I recommend engaging genuinely with your followers instead of just copying and pasting a spiel like so many artists out there. Get to know your fans and get to know other musicians.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
Angus: Working on a full-length album at the moment. I have dozens of unreleased songs; it’s more a matter of making a cohesive story to me.