Let’s go back to 2018. More specifically to June 21st. Yes, that was the day I released my last EP – Be The Best & Fuck The Rest.
It’s hard to believe that more than 4 years have passed! It’s true that in between I released an album – Yin Yang – and a few singles, including Single Collection Vol. 1. But to be honest, I already missed releasing an EP, something more complex. I know I repeat myself but I say it anyway: for me music is not just music. It’s a story! And in this case, the story I wanted to tell wouldn’t be possible to tell in just one song.
I’m perfectly aware that I’m not the type of artist who is constantly releasing new music every month. I’d like to work that way but I’ve already made my peace with it. It’s just that my creative side takes time to create something, to make sure that each song has a meaning, arouses an emotion and that it’s not empty content. Obviously, I want to create music that makes people dance, but more important to me is to make people think, to relive a moment from the past or to help support a situation in the present.
So, in this post, I will explain the story behind my new EP called Troubles In Paradise.
WHY ‘TROUBLES IN PARADISE’?
In fact, I created the project in FL Studio maybe more than a year ago, but it was one of those projects that I felt inspired by, I created the basis of the song (first loop with the main instruments) but then it got lost in the middle of the 27 unfinished projects that I have in FL Studio.
A curious fact about my creative process is that usually before creating a song, I already have the track ID in mind and that helps me to have a direction when I’m developing it in terms of mood and rhythm – darker or more melodic.
I came up with the title ‘Troubles In Paradise’ because it’s a paradox, just like the basis of Melodark – the light in the darkness, the melodies in the gloom. But as I said, the project got lost because I’m kind of addicted in starting new projects before finishing the old ones. Not a good addiction…
Anyway, earlier this year I was listening to all my unfinished projects and I realized that ‘Troubles In Paradise’ had a huge potential. I liked the bassline. And so, I decided to finish the track, already with a vision in my mind to an EP that could portray a life situation.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE EP
One would think that now that I have gigs all over the world, tracks with millions of views and streams on digital platforms, that everything is fine and that I live a good life. But it’s not always like that. We all have everyday problems.
This EP focuses on the problems of a romantic relationship and that’s the main message. I wanted to take the listeners to live the emotions associated with the darkest side of love, through beats and melodies.
I created it with the intention of portraying a ‘less good’ life situation, which can lead listeners to think that, in general, it is a depressing EP. But the truth is… it’s a common life situation in people’s lives, even though they think that they are the only ones who are suffering. And I think that ‘Hey, don’t worry, I’m going through the same thing too’ kind of solidarity is, somehow, uplifting.
A STORY TOLD IN 3 PARTS
Each track of the EP represents a different stage at the end of a relationship. When everything seems to be going well, problems start to arise (Troubles In Paradise). Then comes the grudge and consequent hurt and damage to the significant other (Paradise Circus). Finally, the realization that no matter how hard we try, the end is inevitable (Wrong).
As many of you know, the single Troubles In Paradise came out on August 12, while the full EP only came out on September 16. Thus, Paradise Circus and Wrong could be considered as a sequel to Troubles In Paradise.
Musically speaking, the second track of the EP – Paradise Circus – follows a similar record as the first track. This is a song inspired by the original track of Massive Attack that I absolutely love!
The third and last track of the EP – Wrong – is different in all aspects. It’s a more experimental track, with piano sounds, orchestral elements, and the amazing vocals of Odarka, a talented singer from Ukraine. It’s a song inspired by movie soundtracks – something I’ve always loved and that I wanted to try on this track. There’s a beat in the second part of the song, something that could be more related to my usual musical style but still… different!
THE DISTURBING ARTWORK
The artwork of this EP – originally called Spaggy – was painted by the Danish artist Laust Højgaard.
To be honest, I didn’t know Laust or his work. The label for which I released the EP presented the idea of using his painting as an artwork. Initially I was reticent about using a cover art that wasn’t my idea, because for me the artwork is a continuation of the song and I like to have control over its artistic process.
But the truth is that I found Laust’s work interesting and confusing, maybe a bit disturbing, specifically this painting. And I thought that what can be confusing and disturbing for me can also be for my fans and listeners, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it leaves the artwork open to different interpretations. And that’s what art is all about – not to be obvious, to let everyone have their own interpretation. Right now, I’m definitely a huge fan of Laust’s art.
WHAT’S COMING NEXT
I consider this EP a preparation for the ‘big thing’ to come, like a “get in mood for what’s coming” kind of feeling. Because if Troubles In Paradise EP doesn’t arouse the best positive emotions (open to interpretation of course), the album will be even heavier and more dramatic. Not everything in life is sunshine and rainbow and when producing the album I’m just being myself and letting my emotions out. And that’s all I have to say for now.
Before the year ends, I will release a track in collaboration with my good friend Droplex, a track that has been the intro to my sets and that has been well received by the public. The track is called Sitting In This Cage.
As you might know, I am currently on tour. You can follow the dates here and, who knows, have the experience of seeing me live.
Finally, I hope to release my fourth DJ Mix later this year. The bar is high after the huge success of DJ Mix 03 at Jardins Efémeros (Viseu) but I believe that this will be even better, a more thought out and quality set. But as I said at the beginning of this post, my creative side takes time to create something, to make sure that each song has a meaning. That’s why it’s taking a while to be released.
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