Updated: Aug 25, 2021
Blossomoon is an electronic singer/producer from Colorado who's been producing music since 2017."Soul Child" rises up as his first new drop in about two years, so we caught up with Blossomoon to venture into his musical journey.
Here's what he had to say:
Q: How we doing today?
A: Doing amazing as always, stoked for the future. Got a lot of work to put out there, to start sharing again.
A lot of individual tracks, stuff I've been working on for years and stuff just within the last few weeks. It took awhile to feel comfortable, to start sharing again. Something was holding me back. The burden has finally lifted somehow.
Q: When did you learn the piano? When did you begin to learn to sing?
A: I started learning piano in 2nd grade. Taking lessons didn’t feel very natural, felt like something my parents wanted me to do. For a while, I took a break (middle school through end of high school) and I remember one day going to a friend's house and he’s playing piano. He said if theres one thing you won't regret, its continuing to practice the piano. From that moment, I had been pretty inspired by electronic music. I was ready to start making electronic music, so I picked the piano back up. I started playing a lot of improvised stuff, I could tell that there was something there I had to let out. I started producing the summer before college (summer of 2016).
I didn’t do any vocals back then, I was just trying to get any sound that sounded good. It’s funny, but I think I had some of my most creative ideas when I first started yet I couldn’t translate it onto my computer. As time has progressed, I’ve been able to improve my playing to the point of where I can put what I want out, but my creative ideas get put in a box.
It took until my first album to feel like I was making something that was inspiring me; not just a regurgitation.
I'd ask myself, inspiration, or not inspiration but intention. What's the intention behind what I’m putting down? I got a bit discouraged after my first album, continuing to sing on my songs [after my first album not being at the production level I was looking for]. It was something I had to let go and not worry about. I found a comfortability with my voice and something I’ve learned to trust. Recording is much different to producing as well. It's like another instrument, learning how to mix sounds to what you’re going for.
Q: What are some themes you like to explore in your music?
A: I feel like all my songs share an aspect of love in them. I enjoy talking about past experiences and reflections on them. I like moods (i.e. happy, down, etc.) Each song has their own place in those textures. It all comes back to emotions, what can be an expression of what I’m feeling (for me).
Each day I’m feeling something. Sometimes I just can’t even express it myself verbally, but when I go to the piano the sound is expressing the feeling even better than me expressing it on my own. It's almost like what my mind’s eye would say.
Q: Who are some of your major influences?
A: When I started making music, my biggest influences were a combination of alternative and electronic styles. I have such an appreciation for the soundscape behind a project. I really enjoy Of Monsters and Men's first album same with Tame Impala’s Currents.
It's the theme that carries a specific sound, creating a vibe throughout an album. For me, these have been such major influences. Oh, can’t forget Porter Robinson, one of my favorite electronic musicians of all-time. Experimental stuff too, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, artists that challenge the norm. Finding the balance between using sound and music, being well intentioned.
Q: What’s your favorite color and why?
A: My favorite color is yellow. It’s always been my favorite color, not sure why I’ve been drawn to it. It’s so light and happy for me. I love all the colors in general.
Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you’ve been working on?
A: Yes, I’ve been grinding on some unreleased tunes. I have an album that’s been in the works since the previous project, called Navigating the Freefall. It’s a really personal project, actually so much so that I have troubles working on it. It takes me to a place that I’ve been trying to move on from in my life. Its hard to work on songs cause it takes me back to that spot. When its ready for release, it’s going to be an entire experience.
The theme of the album, finding direction when falling, is a paradox. You’re not able to control every detail. At the end of the day, you just let go.
Still unsure when it’ll be ready. In the meantime I’ve just been grinding out track after track. My plan is to release single after single for the next few months. I’ve been very stoked on some of the other work I’ve been making outside of the album as well.
Q: How did you come about making the single, "Soul Child"?
A: It's the first song I've released in three years, and it came about so randomly. I had some great piano ideas I had recorded. I recorded this synth riff, and it stood kind of incomplete.
Anyway, my roommate Mason walks in my room and asks if he can record something. I’m about to run out the door, and he starts playing guitar. I hit the record button before Mason had known, and he threw down an amazing riff on his guitar.
Sounded groovy like Khruangbin, mixed with my kind of style. I started thinking bout the vocals, the concept of moving on. I had gone through a pretty difficult break-up, and this song is actually about getting through it.
Coming into a place of valuing the other person so much that I want them to go and do their thing.
The part I enjoy the most goes,“in your darkest days you will survive all on your own, and in my darkest days I will survive all on my own.” That idea that both people are living independently but sharing their light with the world.
Q: Any words for your fam and fans?
A: The thing I’ve been doing mostly, is acknowledging the part inside of me I’m scared of.
The moment I allow that to exist inside of me, it’s like all of a sudden I don’t have that resistance anymore. I’m accepting all of myself; the good and the bad. That was the ticket for me to shine my light. It wasn’t just about shining, it takes accepting your pain. We’re all humans with pains of our own; the yin and the yang.