Fragile as a dream..
Digital Skies teams up with Miyoki for Memento Mori, an electronic production, filled with deep, warmly saturated synths, that feels intense yet poetic. Read our discussion with the Denver-based artist below!
Describe your sound in 3 words
Vast, haunting, transcendent
Tell us a few things about Memento Mori. What is the main idea behind it?
“Memento mori” is Latin and roughly translates to “remember that you have to die.” The inevitability of death can be both a massive inspiration to create and live to the fullest or freeze in paralysis, pondering what you should do with the precious time given to you. I think Miyoki explored this duality masterfully in her songwriting on the record. I don’t think our culture acknowledges or talks about death enough.
What made you gravitate towards melodic dubstep?
The genre combines nearly all my favorite types of music into one. I love movie scores, trance, dubstep, psy trance, midtempo, and indie music particularly. The genre allows me to pour all my passions and inspirations into 4-minute “audio autobiographies.”
If it is just a thin line that separates life from death, how important is it to leave a legacy? How do you reflect these meanings through your music?
Legacy is a big part of why I create and why I’ve been writing so much music lately. My music and my art will live on long after my time here is up, and that is so important to me. It’s a gift I can share with the world for literally thousands of years. I pour my soul, my essence, into every record I create and lyric I write. I try to capture every precious experience, thought, passion, sorrow, and joy in my art and the story it tells.
Your music contains some heavyweight drops. Tell us a drop you wish you had composed yourself.
Divinty by Porter Robinson. That song (and album) is a masterpiece from start to finish and so very dear to me.
If the music of Digital Skies was a film, which film would that be?
Interstellar or Lord of the Rings. I can’t decide. Both tell timeless stories and both have amazing scores. I’m sure you can hear the Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer in some of my records.
What is the story behind your name?
A goal of mine has always been to create records that juxtapose massive electronic drops with intimate, more organic sections. I love bringing human elements and live instruments into my productions; it gives each song a sense of life that can’t be replicated virtually. Digital represents the virtual, electronic, digital elements in my music. Skies represents what is organic, here, real, celestial, and symbolic.
What’s your advice to humanity?
I would leave them with a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
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