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Interview: A Cerulean State

You feel them chills? So do I! My next guest is A Cerulean State who has created songs such as Maybe Tomorrow, Summer Crave and The waters of life (video above)! I had the opportunity to spend some time with him. to have this interview!

3.47: How did the name come about?
A Cerulean State: Kind of a weird story actually. To begin with this is my second producer alias, my first one was ‘Somewhere In The Baltic’ because why not, I live in the Baltic. But I found it was too long, and a little too random, I wanted something more personal. So here it is: Cerulean is a shade of blue, often mixed/confused with ‘sky blue’ (because they are pretty similar), which is my favorite color, and it’s the color of ’emotion’ and in some circles ‘calmness’, which fits both with me and my music. And then ‘ State’ for ‘state of mind’ Long explanation but there you go.

3.47: When you started making music with the atlas Somewhere In The Baltic was it similar to what you’re doing now or completely different?
ACS: Well, I was TRYING to do something like I do now, even though I’m still looking for my own style.

3.47: How long have you been making music for?
ACS: Probably around 6-7 months, pretty short time. However I still got a long way to go.

3.47:But already making good progress I gotta say!
ACS: I appreciate it! If you want to do something, do it properly.

3.47: Was this something you always wanted to do?
ACS: Hmm.. probably not. I’m fairly new to electronic music still. Although I did want to produce my own stuff like 1 or 2 years before I actually gave it a shot so.

3.47: What was your reaction like when you saw the feedback coming in about your music?
ACS: When I do get good feedback, I feel all fuzzy all over my insides.

3.47: I gotta be honest your tracks do have this feel about them so yeah I guess the comments are the best way for you to feel how we all do!
ACS: And it feels good 🙂

3.47: Are you playing live events or is that something you want to do?
ACS: Not yet, no, and I know nothing about it so I wouldn’t even know what to answer if some place asked.

3.47: Maybe later in time you might feel more open to doing it
ACS: Yeah if I were to try to play live now it would feel like and be me pressing a play button, and then just stand there because I’m awkward when I have no idea what to do.

3.47: So far we heard tracks done by yourself but is there anyone out there that you would love to work? (work with?)
ACS: Oh man there are so many people.. But all of them are waaaay beyond me. Manners (or Mvnners) would definitely be one of my dream collabs.

3.47: Never know they might be reading this and thinking damn this guy is good!
ACS: I thought about tweeting him it but don’t tell anyone shh…………………….. And no, he is… something divine compared to me.

3.47: Your music is really calm and collective! Have you ever try making your own version of someone’s else song in the same style of music?
ACS: *dry chuckle* My first “Finished” song was a remix, albeit it’s not really my current style. That one was more of a… snare-roll’y ambient kinda thingy, and its my only remix so far. I do NOT recommend listening to it (laughs).

3.47: Don’t worry people I’ll search it out and let you have your votes on it!
ACS: I should really put up a “CAUTION” tag on it or something..

3.47: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
ACS: There are literally so many… I’m a guy who listens to a very wide variety of genres…Here are my top 3
Chillout/Ambient: Catching Flies – Stay Forever
Jazz/Swing: Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to The Moon
Death Metal: Lorna Shore – Godmaker

3.47: Nice selection of music you there! Even bringing in the old school of Frank Sinatra! Gotta ask though do you prefer original than remix versions of some tracks?
ACS: I assume we’re not talking about Sinatra now (Laughs). A really remixed track is ‘Life Size Ghosts’ by Mt. Wolf, but I often prefer the original to be honest.

3.47: What would you say are the advantage/disadvantage of been independent?
ACS: I’m going to assume you mean not being in a group or band. Doing whatever you want is certainly an advantage. If you have a specific feeling you wanna put in a tune, it might be hard if several people are working on it.
Only disadvantage (that’s easily replaceable) is that it would be good to bounce idea’s sometimes with someone. However I do that with mates anyways.

3.47: Yeah I think it’s cool doing it that way asking your friends what they feel of the track. I mean they may have a good ear for what could match the tempo and what not!
ACS:Yeah, I tend to not link unfinished stuff to people who doesn’t produce. Though on Skype I have some producer friends so its alright.

3.47: What’s the best advice you ‘can give’?
ACS: For producing, I feel I’m too new to really give advise, but I guess: Do you. Do what you want to do and don’ let anyone tell you you’re wrong. Oh my that’s so cheesy, oh well.. Oh and layer your snares (laughs), I wish someone told me that before I started doing it.

3.47: You know what they say, we learn from our own mistakes so yeah don’t be too harsh on yourself!
ACS: I’m my own worst critic. I think that’s a good thing, but some people may disagree.

3.47: Do you have any other hidden talents?
ACS: I’m really, really good at just not caring about stuff. I guess its a blessing and a course.

3.47: That can be a good thing because some people might try and guilt trip you and whatever, so yeah good to know!
ACS: Say sending me on guilt trips will never work, ever.

3.47: What’s the best advice you been given?
ACS: I don’t know really. The producers I talk to doesn’t make the same genre(s) as me

3.47: Yeah I think your music is really unique in that sense because the feel of it can be very emotional. I’ll be honest I Always Wanted To Stay Here had this emotional grip on me that just got me sobbing! As a grown man crying over a song … Yeah it’s embarrassing to admit to that but its that feel which is awesome!
ACS: I wrote that song to something, I rather not reveal it though (laughs). It’s pretty sad though.

3.47: Apart from making music, what else do you do in your spare time?
ACS: Sit endlessly on Reddit or go to the bar with my mates.

3.47: Do you just read any random topics on there or is it a case of you got ones you read daily?
ACS: I’m all over Reddit. My favourite subreddit is probably /r/quotesporn

3.47: Given the chance to run YouTube what would you change about the site?
ACS: I just want the 2010 layout back and the function to post text to my subscribers, working.

3.47: Yeah I agree with you, I know change can be good at times but I think they changed it to dramatically which is the worst thing to do. A lot of others have said about getting rid of Google+ as well, would you agree with them?
ACS: Yes. Even though I fixed my problems with not being able to have custom names and a custom url on YouTube. If you don’t know how, to put it shortly: make a new YouTube account with a new gmail, then create a new YouTube from that one that isn’t connected to g+ but is connected to the same gmail. Very vague explanation but this isn’t tech-support (laughs).

3.47: What can we expect from you in the future?
ACS: Calm tunes and improvement.

3.47: If I need to have a box of tissues by my side because the song is too emotional, I’ll be telling you straight away!
ACS: (laughs) you’ll be the judge I guess. I can send you it after this interview if you’d like! Just don’t include it (laughs).

3.47: Final question! Anything you want to say to your fans out there?
ACS: I’d go out for a beer and a night of talking trash with all of you kind people. Thanks!

3.47: You hear that world? His happy to link up and have a beer! If you come to London or I’m down your sides, I’ll be happy to do that with you!
ACS: I’ll be happy to do that with you! I assume you have it in all of Great Britain but there’s a beer I’ve only found in 1 place so far in the capital of Sweden (Stockholm) where I live. It’s called ‘Old Engine Oil’. It’s Irish. If you have that I’ll get a flight (laughs).

3.47 would like to say a massive thank you to A Cerulean State for spending the time doing the interview! Until next time guys!

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