In 2020, everyone and their mother is talking about Meduso. Throughout the year, he’s headlined Drive In shows, appeared on Mersiv’s MorFlo Records, and released his extremely impressive debut Yugen […]
In 2020, everyone and their mother is talking about Meduso. Throughout the year, he’s headlined Drive In shows, appeared on Mersiv’s MorFlo Records, and released his extremely impressive debut Yugen album, which was accompanied by a brilliant visual experience he crafted as well.
We had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with the man himself after Hearditherefirst.blog’s Cabin Fever Festival, where he performed alongside names like Ill.Gates, Sam Lamar, Tripzy Leary, Ill-Esha, Zen Selekta, AHEE and more. If you missed the set, check it out below, featuring insane visuals from the homie UTAW.
Enjoy our exclusive interview with Meduso and be sure to show him love on socials. This up and comer has a huge future ahead of him!
H: How has your Quarantine been treating you? How have you made the most of it?
M: Quarantine has definitely been a rollercoaster. It took a while to adjust to working my day job from home and glancing it with music/ life, but I feel so fortunate to still have a job that I really can’t complain. Work has been taking up most of my days these past few months, but hoping that I’ll be able to dive back into making some new music soon!
H: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
M: My biggest influences in the scene at the moment would be g jones and shades for their creativity and sound design, but also love the energy and sound that artists like Conrank and Jansten bring. Other than electronic stuff, I grew up playing the drums to more heavy rock and metal stuff. I always loved the percussion in the tracks from artists like Disturbed and then some more classic stuff like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but Travis Barker was definitely my biggest influence from that side. I love trying to incorporate a little bit of that sound into my tracks.
H: Who are you listening to right now? Any fellow up and comers?
M: I have been listening to a lot of Charles the first, Mersiv, and Of the Trees recently. As for up and comers, I’ve been bumping a lot of the homies like super ave and Smoakland, Sky Suite, Engix, Notlo, Bromosapien, Ravenscoon. The list honestly goes on and on, everyone is just so damn talented and there’s been so much good music recently.
H: You recently headlined a Drive In show, how did that go? How were the social distancing and safety enforcements?
M: I did! It was honestly so much fun. It was actually my first time playing as Meduso and I got a full hour and a half to really try and take everyone on a journey through some of my favorite sounds, artists, and then plenty of originals. It felt so good to be on stage again and have some good old loud speakers blaring some good music in my face haha
As for social distancing it was Avery well organized event and everyone was super respectful of the rules and the staff. That was my biggest concern when taking the gig, but the venue had had plenty of successful events before hand so felt like it would be a safe, fun time. They set it up so that vip had their own picnic tables in roped off squares at the front, with all the cars behind them. It was a cool way to stay respectful and conscious of the social distancing rules, but also get a little taste of live music again.
H: Any out of hand car honking?
M: Haha Luckily there was no horn honking at this one.
H: You had the chance to appear on Mersiv’s MorFlo Records compilation album a few months back, how did that come into place?
M: Man, I’m still so excited to have been a part of that album. I have always loved the music that they put out and everything they stand for so it was a no brainer send them some demos when I was working on the album. I had no idea they were curating the comp album, but they thought my track “Sunken” fit the over all vibe of the album and we ran with it from there! They are all such a great group of people and we’re super professional with everything which was a breath of fresh air honestly.
H: Do you have any big collabs in the works you can tell us about?
M: Soo I’ve had a bunch of collabs that I’ve started with people like sky suite, some more with Engix, and Mize that kinda got put on the back burner with my prep for the album and definitely need a fresh set of ears on them. But recently just got sent a new one from my man Vieira and a couple with Ravenscoon that I’m excited to get started on soon!
H: What do you want fans to know about your Yugen LP?
M: I am so excited to finally have this body of work out to share with everyone! Yugen had been in the works for a long while now, with some tracks I started back over a year ago. I really wanted to make a body of work that could tell a story or be a full experience for the listener. I always admired that about my favorite albums/ artists. Yugen is an album all about a journey within yourself to find beauty in the balance of the universe. The light, the dark, it all as one. I wanted to try and tell my story of a journey from a dark, chaotic mind to embracing positivity and the ability to find beauty in all things. This album and visual experience has been almost a year in the making and I am so excited to finally share it with everyone!
H: I know this is a hard question and it’s like choosing your children, but what was YOUR favorite tune off Yugen?
M: Haha it really is. Honestly each track has been my favorite at one point or another. But right now I really enjoy playing out Hyperreal and Intrigue (s/o to you guys for the premiere!) they’re kind of opposites in a way where Hyperreal always bring a a ton of energy, while Intrigue let’s people drift off into space.
H: What’s one thing that someone wouldn’t know about you if they didn’t ask?
M: So I guess the biggest thing people wouldn’t know about me is my day job. I’m fortunate enough to work as a footwear designer at Adidas by day and I couldn’t ask for a better job other than music! It can get pretty busy and hectic at times, but it’s been a great experience so far and is a great creative outlet in addition to music!
H: What’s on tap for 2021 for Meduso?
M: 2021 is kind of a mystery at the moment. Hopefully will be bringing the Meduso experience to some more socially distanced/ safe stages and if not definitely some more online live-streams or A/V experiences like my 360/vr visualizer! I’ve got a ton of new ideas for music and a new more downtempo EP I’m working on that I can hopefully share soon!
Thank you so much for having me, I really appreciate your guys time and endless support!!
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