T.O.P. Interview: Glia (Svel Tapes, US)

“Glia was born and raised on the east coast of the US but has explored cultures across asia, europe, africa and the americas during the past 30 years. He discovered drumming at a young age and eventually became interested in computers, samplers, and other electronics during secondary school. Some of his methods have changed but he has always employed mixers as the focal point. He usually records to cassettes and bloats or squashes layers with mixing devices and fx in a single pass rather than thru multitracking software.”

We have been attracted by the sound of his  album o​,​w released on limited tape edition on Svel Tapes. Pure experimental and lo fi aesthetics with a theatrical attitude. We introduce you Glia:

1. Who are you?
An american drummer. I find it difficult to answer without sounding pretentious. I am not really concerned with people knowing who I am. There is nothing special about me or my work. Plenty of people make music better than what i’ve done. But I appreciate anybody who checks out my tunes.

2. How did the collaboration with Svel Tapes come up?
Tony stumbled on my soundcloud in May and we started corresponding via email. He chose the format and decribed his vision for the label and I recorded the bulk of these pieces in response during a session in June. A few revisions took place in July.

3. What does it feel releasing on tape?
It is always strange to release work because I’m unsure how others will experience the album. But some of that uncertainty is removed when I arrange for tape. I grew up using tapes a lot and have always used them to capture and manipulate sound. It feels natural to release work on cassette because i love the format so much.

4. How do you describe the state of making music?
Hmmm…In general? Or on a personal level? I think music is in a great place right now. There are some incredible labels promoting important records and tapes, not to mention artists releasing their own work. i focus on those things as a source of inspiration and motivation to continue learning.

5. Is there any symbolism behind your music?
No.

6. What is the next step?
Learn more about my tools and refine my techniques so I can make more satisfying work.

7. Share with us an album or track that heals the mind

Menahan Street Band “Ivory and Blue” is a great song for that. Quadron or Sonnymoon’s first albums

More:  https://sveltapes.bandcamp.com/album/o-w

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