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Interview with AA-Legrand
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
>> I started playing guitar when I was seven or eight years old - I really don’t remember when exactly though. So music has always been around. But it wasn’t until I was almost 30 that I started pursuing it for real. And then I realized there’s not really an alternative to making music.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
>> I’m trying to grow into understanding that I am a creative person. That means my entire existence is connected to creating. But in a literal sense I also do other things besides making music. I read a lot and enjoy myself a good party…
How long have you been making music?
>> Since I was seven or eight.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
>> I’m living in Berlin. The city’s amazing for clubs and electronic music. Techno has influenced me a lot. It’s not directly the type of music I make but this whole loner thing, one person does everything kind of vibe has certainly rubbed off. In general my background is actually more rock and blue, so classic guitar music and it wasn’t until I moved to Berlin when I got interested in songwriting and production.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
>> I’ve played a couple of shows abroad in Denmark and Sweden with other bands or artists that I enjoyed a lot.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
>> I’d love to tour the States or some cool places that not a lot of artists go to like Iran or some place that is not so familiar with my musical realm. That could make for some interesting experiences.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
>> you mean as in musicians in my band or like a lineup with different artists?
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
>> do it and don’t think too much. Follow your heart. If you’re not doing it then no one will.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
>> Shade Of A Giant has a special place in my heart. It’s such a specific feeling and time in my life that I connect to it. The song remembers a road trip along the Pacific coast that I made a couple of years back. The coastline and the redwood forests left such an impression on me. And now this memory is anchored through this song.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
>> I don’t really play live atm.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
>> The songs I put out are the first ones I ever produced. So I still consider myself a rookie. That means I’m still figuring out the process to be honest. And that is really exciting and very frustrating at the same time. For me making music is at the core a self discovery. I’m basically just digging up my subconscious, throw what I find at a wall, see what sticks and then make a song out of that.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
>> I want my music to be immersive so the listener has an active role in the process. I’m just laying out threads and hooks that people can connect to.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
>> I’m producing a lot. There will be more music coming out soon. Next month you’ll get to listen to some remixes from the EP that I’m really excited to share. I’ve had some really rest producers working on reimagining the songs that I just put out. And after that some collaborations with friends that I’m working on right now… aaaand there’s also an album on the hard drive.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
>> definitely I’m the most active on instagram… I also run a Patreon that’s worth checking out.