Thursday, December 27, 2012

Interview: Bryce Guse

Holidays are over and it is back to work. At least for most of you unlucky people. If you were like me you could sit at home in your fuzzy Mickey Mouse pants and do whatever you want.  But there is only one me, and the heavens are singing that praise right now.

Enough out of me though I have a tasty treat for my faithful three and half readers. An interview with my very talented cusion Bryce Guse. I first became aware of his talents when he was taking one of those awkward family vacations. You know the type: locked in the car for hours with annoying younger kids and bitching parents. The things that just make sitting at home all the more attractive.

Alright, alright I will stop talking and on to the interview!

 Lets jump right in and find out what your passion is. I know I have seen some of your very awesome pictures on Facebook, and you did an great mix for a project I am working on. But what is it that gets your blood flowing?  Seriously the vampires in the back want to know. I would also take this on your way out. *hands over garlic spray*
What gets my blood pumping? Probably my heart. But I think what drives me is wanting respect among my peers. I've never really fit in with people at school, I've never been into sports and all those other extracurricular activities. I'm pretty awkward. So music kept me entertained, then it turned into an obsession.
What inspired you to get into music?
How I got into music is kind of a weird combination of events. The first one was on my 6th birthday (I think). My mom took me out to pick something out for my birthday, I couldn't find anything, but as we left the store, we walked past the guitars. I decided that's what I wanted. So we went back in and got it, so that was one start. Another was the discovery of the concept of music production I was into a band called Blaqk Audio. One guy sings, the other does everything else. When I found that out, it blew my mind! One guy? Doing everything?! I knew that's what I wanted to do. Then the discovery of House Music (my genre of choice). My brothers friend came over one night, and I really wanted to hang out with them, but my mom told me to stay with her and watch The Devil Wears Prada. At first I was annoyed. Jeez mom, way to force me to watch a chick flick. But when the song "Here I Am (Kaskade Remix)" by David Morales came on, it blew my mind. The thought of having electronic drums and an acoustic guitar in the same song was crazy. But I loved it. So those were probably my biggest "inspirations"

Name five things in your work area. If there are family show appropriate.
My work area? My work area is kind of this weird combination of my hardware (headphones, laptop, midi controller, and microphones) and software (FL Studio and a plethora of VST plug-ins). But if you saw me working, I would have myself surrounded by my laptop, a pair or two of headphones, my cell phone, a midi controller, and maybe my dog.

Do you ever find yourself in front of a creative roadblock? If so how do you get around it?
I live in a creative road block, there is no "occasionally finding myself in one". I just find bubbles of inspiration. I usually do one of two things to get through them. The first being turning back into the audience, and take time to appreciate the works of other artists. I study their work for the most part, learning different techniques and ideas. But you occasionally need to just stop and enjoy it for a while, and think about how it makes you feel instead of what you need to do to make someone feel that way, if that makes any sense. But as you personally know, I switch mediums to keep myself from running out of ideas. From acrylic paintings and ink pen drawings to photography and graphic design, it all helps. Believe it or not, you can transfer over concepts between the two. You can't really use Rule of Thirds with music, but contrast of frequencies, balance of the panning, and texture of the sound are just a few things I've picked up from working with visual arts. It really keeps you  on your toes with new ideas.

What advice do you have for people wanting to get into music?
I would tell people who are thinking about getting into music to first find what speaks to them. Don't buy a DJ deck if you find yourself listening to Adult Contemporary or Country all day long, but if you find yourself listening to every genre out there (at least to your knowledge), just get a piano. Learn the basic chords and don't go any farther then that. Then look for the chords to your favorite song at and improvise using those chords. Now you're probably wondering why I don't just advise you to get the actual sheet music with the exact notes. Well it's harder to develop your own style when you're trying to copy someone else's work. You'll strt to hear yourself playing the song the way it speaks to you, not the way the artist recorded it. So just take it from there. Don't like the piano after that? Try another instrument and repeat the process.  

Alright now the good stuff! What projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to?
I have an album I am working on called "Of Decibels & F-Stops" (obviously without the hyperlinks, I added those for the people who don't know what they are). It's going to be a collection of my music production (obviously) and my photography, painting, and graphic design. How I'm going to do that? Well that's a secret for the time being. But in the mean time, I just had a remix of mine released on the 21st of December. The thing is, when it was released, they spelled &mpersand, &ampersand. Making it awkward for me to show it off. So i'm working to get the fixed, but if you want to check it out,  Perfect Pressure – Never Stop - &ampersand Remix (insert childish laser gun sound effects here). 

Where can we find some of your work?
I've got a couple of my latest remixes and older original songs on my Soundcloud, so if you're curious you could check those out. Sorta fun stuff.

And because I have been watching far to much Hot Fuzz. What is your favorite Sundae?
And to be honest, I don't remember ever having a sundae. But if there were brownies in it, I'd be all over it.

There you have it my loyal fans. A look inside the insanity that is the talented Bryce. Ok maybe that was too over the top, but at the very least this kid is on his way up. Keep your eyes out, and if you really want to go the distance become his friend now so you can get in on the profits later.