Q&A with Sonic HZ
Where did you grow up, and where do you call home now?
I grew up in the Canadian village of Aroostook, New Brunswick, but now call the city of Moncton my home.
How long have you been making music?
That's hard to say really. I'm 33 years old now and I believe I've been making music in some form or another throughout my entire life.
Do you make music by yourself, or collaborate with other musicians?
I tend to make music alone but have collaborated in various bands beginning in my youth. My wife Ashley is often involved from time to time with most of my music in recent years.
Why did you write the Paradigm EP?
The Paradigm EP was put together over the past year or so. In an effort to keep the musical journey moving along at the success of my last album, I wanted to put forward half a dozen tunes that I had been working on since its release. The theme of most of the songs, although primarily encased in a nostalgic synth-vibe, is meant to be both relevant and reflective of present day societal and political upheaval. Allowing the listener to interpret their own meaning and hopefully offering them comfort with an emphasis on highlighting the opposite side of fear.
Anything else you would like to tell us about the paradigm EP?
I can tell you that it's magical, short and sweet. If you like retro synth-based genres like Synthwave, Retrowave, Outrun, etc.... and like discovering or rediscovering stuff that's a bit more underground, there should be something there for you.
What do you think of garden gnomes?
I think they have their usefulness. Although, I don't personally have a use for them, if they make someone happy then that's a good thing.
Do you prefer the studio or performing live, and why?
I prefer both but for different reasons. Composing and recording the music is a very fulfilling accomplishment. Performing live is all about having a good time and having people actively listening and involved which is also important, in my opinion.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes and while I use to compensate for this with the use of alcohol, I've now come to deal with it much like I would when I was a young child speaking in front of my school. Although I make it fun, often by being spontaneous and unpredictable, it feels good when its over and the anxiety subsides.
How do you feel the internet has affected the music industry?
It's definitely had a major impact in that the business isn't the same as it once was at all. At the same time though, the opportunities for someone like myself are a lot better. It's not easy, you do have to work at it. In a lot of ways, it's more challenging since most of us now have to be an entire Team of people while still trying to make music and make it more frequently then artists did in the past. I'm still very much a traditionalist when it comes to releasing my music but I do utilize the Internet as much as possible and I think it is good for that.
Are you earning a comfortable living from your music?
No, not at all. But that is completely fine. While I'm very passionate about my making music, I don't pretend that I'm in it to pay the bills. I just enjoy it for what it is with the hopes that others enjoy it as well and that I'm making people happy.
Hear Sonic HZ on the Synthwave Retrowave Outrun Underground Playlist