Jagged Weather is a journal or sonic synopsis of my first 11 months transitioning from male to female. It deals with the stress of acknowledging the rift that exists between your internal sense of being & how the outside world perceives you.
Orla Gartland ‘People aren’t stupid; if you try to be anything other than yourself, it just won’t work long term.’
I love the feeling music can bring to an audience no matter who you are or where you’re from. It’s a universal language where you can share emotions, feelings & passions & hopefully affect who is listening.
Current music doesn’t feel or sound like it’s coming from the soul or a good place.That’s probably because the world is in a shitty state. We’re all going through it whether we admit it or not. You can hear it in the music.
I’m a firm believer that an album should be a complete thought, from the continuity of the sound through to the order of the songs. A lot of times people will record over a long period of time, which often leads to something that seems disjointed.
A quick plea to music lovers: The future of independent music is dependent on you. You are the reason that an artist will become “the next big thing”, so don’t be shy. If you like an artist’s music – tell people, share it.
It’s infectious to hear two guitars & bass playing the same thing that a drummer in a dance band would normally play. It’s also really exciting to be playing jazz & have folks dance to it.
The older I get the more I find my inspiration in my memories of youth. I know it’s a bit sentimental, but trying to recapture those first musical emotions that possessed me when I was young puts me back into my creative zone.
It’s easy to sit around & shit on what we don’t like about ‘mainstream’ Hip Hop, but I think that has more to do with jealousy in a lot of cases or even just subjectivity. Hip Hop is about self expression & personal truth.
The music industry has changed so much & most artists aren’t interested in creating full-length albums anymore. I believe that life & music is a journey told one song at a time, one chapter at a time. Satellites is our manifestation of that belief.
Never stop learning. Read books & poetry & short stories. Watch documentaries & educational videos. Go to private classes & seminars and meet ups. Always take the chance to learn something new.
Freedom with discipline. We build on concepts & flows that can be perceived as reality – we always search for individuality in each track, once we get clarity on what is the main topic then the lyrics just come naturally.
It’s therapeutic for me to write songs. ‘Prince of the Universe’ is a title that came to me in jail. It’s not a title that has really been talked about in hip hop like it has been in rock music.