‘illumination becoming present’ | Interview with derek muro

Experience the warm fusion of glitch beats and ethereal synths with realcopy – the latest track from the innovative mind of derek muro which is brimming with vibe! No Fakes Allowed.

Describe your sound in 3 words

illumination becoming present

Tell us a few things about realcopy. What is the story behind it?

“realcopy” and other songs on chronopolis are about our experience of time and how that changes in life, so the songs musically have themes, cycles & and ideas that repeat themselves through different distortions.
The lyrics at the end I see in one way as the implicit intentions of big tech made explicit. There are also snippets of voices around me from the time of pandemic lockdowns where we all were especially sucked into devices, platforms, and our own heads (at least I was).

What made you gravitate towards electronika?

I think hearing a lot of classic Warp records stuff at an impressionable time – Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children is still a big touchstone for me. I like how the electronica “genre” is very broad (maybe partially due to being defined by the sampler?), so many other influences from all over the place like contemporary classical stuff, can kind of co-exist there naturally.

You are coming from a musical family. Have you ever felt any pressure to pursue a career in music due to your family background?

I did in my teenage years, but I imagine many folks can relate to that as you’re developing your individual identity apart from your family and growing up. As an adult I’ve been able to form my own relationship to music that incorporates my background and appreciates it – I feel really grateful to have grown up in an environment that really embraced and encouraged music.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in music, especially if they come from a non-musical background?

You have to be 100% certain that you love it, and at times love it more than other things in life (you know, like stability). The certainty of that passion is the only thing that’ll sustain you through seemingly endless tests that come with a creative career over a long period of time. I feel like I’m still just getting started 15-20 years in.

I heard a saying, “The struggle is guaranteed, success is not.” While not really a fan of hustle culture, I think you need your own way of understanding and living with that. You need to love the process, lifestyle and creative flow in the mundane day to day experience, in a sustainable way. Otherwise it’s really going to be tough and not make sense.

Pursuing music as a career is a huge choice but a beautiful one, so anyone honestly giving it a go, my hat is off to you!

If the music of derek muro was a film, which film would that be?

That’s really tough! For “realcopy” I would say not a film but the HBO series “Station Eleven”

If you were arrested, what would it be for?

Is there a problem, officer?

One last thing we should know about you?

I still know what you did last summer.

Thank you!

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