We were lucky enough to catch up with SIMULATED YOUTH following the superb release of ‘JUST YOUR’ EP. Read the full interview now!
Who or what got you into music?
From 2005 to 2010, I was actually into rap music, nothing like what I make now. I had a music studio in my high school bedroom and would invite people over to record vocals for beats I put together. I then, unfortunately, quit music for nearly ten years to go to college and focus on my work and only just got back into making music in July 2020.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘Just Your’ EP?
So fun fact about this song; when I originally made the instrumental, I wasn’t sure what to name it, but I thought the bass sounded nice, so I simply named it ‘nice bass track’. Then once I went to put vocals on it, I came up with the idea of having the song itself feel jealous/upset that to me, it is just my nice bass track or ‘NBT’. To play off this same theme, the EP is titled ‘Just Your’ EP.
What’s the music scene like in Phoenix?
To be honest, this is something I need to learn more about myself! I have been living in Phoenix for a few years, but when I got back into music last year, I was actually staying up in Michigan until the end of 2020. Once live performance venues are open, I can’t wait to go see some in Phoenix before I perform live for the first time!
‘Just Your’ EP is brilliant dark wave music; what draws you to the genre?
I definitely prefer to make darker themed music because I find that the vast majority of dance tracks released nowadays are simply too positive/upbeat, with similar moods. I think that you can have a dark song while still being very danceable, so dark wave seems to be a good genre for that.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
For sure, Catnapp or Alice Glass would be awesome for almost any of my songs. Perhaps something on the visual side with Die Antwoord.
You’re a relatively new band but have already amassed an impressive 1,100 Spotify monthly listeners; how does that feel?
It is definitely a good feeling. I have met tons of other independent artists that have been in the scene longer than I have, and I’ve definitely learned it is an uphill battle to grow a following due to the sheer amount of new songs released every day.
What’s your dream venue to play?
This will sound cliché, but maybe Berghain.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about dog welfare around the world and would love to be involved in some larger efforts to end the dog meat trade.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
I think more flexible genres and less emphasis on labels (like appearance labels) so that artists will be more able to try new things, like perhaps mixing metal with rap music or something like that without so many higher-ups/curators defaulting to ‘oh that’s too experimental.’
If you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Have you started working on your next release?
For sure! I actually have the next several releases already planned, although they are in different stages of development. My next release will come in early April and will be called “Kill the Messenger.” The instrumental is already complete, and it has a fun, almost dance-pop vibe. The lyrics, however, are much darker, and without giving away too much, let’s just say that the name of the song is taken literally.
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