Ethr3 is an anomaly. As a young alien, Ethr3 picked up the bass and spent countless years in local bands from rock to country which enabled him to tour the world, solidifying his passion for the power of music.
The Planet Ethr3 artist, musician, DJ and producer was influenced by such greats as; Ulrich Schnauss, Sasha, Geddy Lee, Chris Cornell, Vangelis and Imp-acted by iconic groups from The BeeGees to Soundgarden, Ethr3 expanded his unique artistry of writing and producing sound. The musical direction shifted to Electronic Dance Music that encompasses drum- n -bass, Seattle House, Trance with a touch of progressive, capturing the true essence of his musical repertoire. The ‘Ethr3volution’ continually elevates, and interprets the technical artistry taking the listener on a musical voyage landing in a euphoric uninhabited place identified as Planet Ethr3.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
the musical genre that I LOVE to write and record in is electronic. There are a number of genres within electronic that I listen to and just LOVE like House, Dark House, EDM, Techno, Ambient, DrumNBass, some Leftfield and some of the minimal electronic artists I listen to. There's SO many cool little hidden off the beaten path kind of sounds, structures and songs out there that take you on a journey to who knows where. When I create songs from organic sounds or from a mix of misc sounds and samples or recording my guitar or bass I let go and just let the music take me to someplace. When I think of my own sound, it always makes me think that I don't know what that sound is. Its a mix of things but often when someone describes what I do and how they interpret it, I like what they say better then what I say. After all its an interpretation of sound and song that ultimately makes the whole thing up. I also try never to limit my self into one thing or another. So to truly describe my sound would be a mix of turning everything that influences me, everything I've been inspired by and then encoding that into some sort of electronic form.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Oh yes, my name has everything to do with my REAL name, or rather my initials. My initials are EEE, I'm truly a real E3. Unfortunately, E3 has been taken by so many things along with being known as the big electronic convention that takes place twice a year with the big players of the electronic world like Apple and Microsoft etc.. so my name is a play on having only 1 letter for initials. Plus everyone who knows me calls me "E" so it was an easy arrival to land on something that had to do with the letter E. So the real pronunciation of "ethr3" is another way of saying "E3".
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I grew up in a very musical house. My mom always had music playing all the time in the house. My dad also had the radio on all the time but he was listening to sports. From an early age, I was introduced to just about everything, from Bab's to the BeeGee's, from Neil Diamond to Jim Croce, from Gordon Lightfoot to Roger Whittaker. Then I heard Owner of a Lonely Heart by YES and that changed everything. From there I dug into progressive rock and all the other "rocks" there were out there at the time to metal and everything else that followed. To this day I listen to it all. Sure I have my favorites in the electronic world like Ulrich Schnauss, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, William Orbit, Above & Beyond, Jaytech, Deadmau5, and Zedd but I also get heavily influenced by bands like Rush, Soundgarden, Meshuggah, Sons of Bill and Slowdive to name a few. Oh I can't leave out ALL the amazingness form the 70's & 80's (holy goodness the 80's!!) and of course growing up in Seattle there was a wave of that thing called grunge.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
As far as collaborations, nothing on the iron there yet but I'm always creating and writing music daily. I'm always looking for something new and inspiring whether it be a sound or a phrase or just a word that I hear someone say. Often those little things will make their way into some musical phrase in a song. With that said I'm currently working on my 3nd electronic album. It's technically my 6th album in all but only the 3nd in the genre of electronic. I have a few others out there that are rock and acoustic. This new album that I plan on releasing by springtime will be quite the journey. You can hear a sneak preview of that on SoundCloud/ethr3.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal in the music industry is to record music all-day, every day, always creating something new and exciting and then to travel the world performing it LIVE. There are a number of ways that the LIVE show can take place and I haven't done that just yet but I'm always thinking of how that will work and sound and feel, all those good things. When it comes to my plan of action I first have to get to the point where I'm gig'n all the time, shows everywhere.
Currently, I have a 9-to-5 that helps pay the bills (hahah, buys music gear) that has nothing to do with music, but that's keeping me local for the time being. So the plan, the goal starts at creating music that I love producing then transferring that excitement and energy to a live show. The plan of action is sticking to the plan of, constantly create and produce thought-provoking music, constantly think of the live show and how I will be doing that (either on a deck (Prime4) or using a Push2/Ablenton combo with maybe a few other devices) with all that - practice my craft every day and get better then I was yesterday.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
So far the LIVE show is taking place in my apartment - HAHAH. I haven't arrived at that place just yet. I'm currently in songwriting/recoding mode when I'm not at my day job. That being said the live shows will begin this year, 2020 is the goal.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge in my career?, that makes me chuckle a bit, do I say the obvious or do I get deep & philosophical (haha). Well, on the surface currently in my "music" career its arriving at a place where I can focus on music. I know many out there that have regular day jobs that are far removed from music, and that's 100 million percent ok. For me, that's an honest challenge that I can't ignore.
I spend countless hours and dollars on this craft that I love without any 2nd thought so for me to get to a place where I can be up till 3am recording and not worry about getting enough sleep to be present in a technical office job is tough. So arriving at a place where music is self-sufficient is a huge challenge but one I work at tirelessly without a shred of doubt that someday that will be my reality. Other challenges are mainly production techniques and having the mindfulness of really being crafty in songwriting, like really pushing the boundaries in terms of creativity. I LOVE odd time music so maybe trying to find where odd time is danceable :)
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Everything that I've ever recorded to some degree I usually can't believe its become at all, hahah, that sounds funny. A friend of mine once told me that he thinks my process usually starts from the rhythmic perspective. Within any process, I LOVE it when I surprise myself and that's happening more often now a'days then it ever has.
Like I mentioned before I listen to everything I can get ears on. I used to be a bass player in a country band back in the late 90's early 2000's so I have a bit of an ear for country too. In fact the other night I was listening to Sara Evans and her song A Real Fine Place To Start got me going in my song mode. Now, what I came up with was nothing even in the universe as far as a country goes but none the less it got me inspired in my electronic mode. The melody in that song is fantastic so that inspired some drone sound that then found its way to DrumNBass - HAHAH.. All from a country-pop song? hahah, yeap!
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Not yet I'd say and I'm not sure it will. I am all over the place in the social media world and I have lots and lots of help from my greatest friend of all Wendy. In terms of being influenced by it, I'd say no, at least not that I'm aware of.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Oh boy.. if only you could see just a few of the playlist I've got going on, there are many. I've kind of mentioned some of who I listen to already but to add to that would be some Sunny Lax, Hausman, Ott and to top that off with some Sarah Jarosz. Her album Build Me Up From Bones is amazing. What tracks specifically that I'm currently loving is Martin Garixx's Home, I totally dig that melody. From Hausman I've got Soma in regular play, LOVE the energy from that tune. From Sunny Lax, I LOVE Isla Margarita. From Ott I have Smoked Glass and Chrome - Holy goodness that song is amazing! I also have Above & Beyond's acoustic album in regular rotation, their songwriting REALLY inspires me. They are So incredible.
Since I work in tech I tend to skip around depending on the work of the day so I also have some Slayer in there with some Staind and most likely have some Rush playing during the day. I'm all over the road when it comes to music, I always have been. I was once told that was not a good thing in terms of my own style but this point in my life, I'm just going to accept it.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I hadn't made it to earth just yet so I can't say - HAHAH.. I actually can't remember when I wasn't making or playing music, I must have been very very bored and/or boring. Whether I was playing my mom's organ or playing my first guitar or drum set I don't really have a memory of not having that stuff around. I even remember playing DJ with my moms record player. My sister and I had a collection of 45's back in the 80's, we had all the greatest hits and we were DJ's with our own living room radio station hahah, back in the day.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Keep at it and don't give up no matter what life puts in front of you. If it wasn't for this mystical thing called music I wouldn't know much or even have much to say. Because of music I have seen and done things I wouldn't have otherwise like see the world (back in the early country days) or even being on stage Jammin the bass in local rock bands. That is an incredible experience and one (many) I'll never forget. Also, maybe the most important one, don't get discouraged when you get a No, or a "Well Not at this time" or a, "We've decided to go with this other".. I can't even count the number of times I've heard that and still do. It's just part of the process.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Not so sure about now a'days but back in the past - pay musicians their equal and honest income. No shady deals, no empty promises. I've been sucked into the "Hey, give me this amount of $ and I'll get you to where you want to be" sort of deals in the past. Fake services that really have no intention in your best interest. They will tell you that you're great, your music is perfect, no reason why your music can't be where "their's" is but at the end of the day, you're paying them to have them tell you empty words. You lose out on whatever you paid and they get to laugh, walking into their bank. Also, some want to mold you into what "they" see as lucrative vs. just allowing you to be who you are. If they can't get you to conform then their not interested. That's just shady. If I were a Music Exec I'd be the opposite of all that garbage that has been written about in the past. Maybe its still around out there, I don't know
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Well, originality is important, right? But what's your idea of originality, is that creating an original sound as in a sound designer is that creating an original song as a songwriter or is that creating a remix of a song twisting thing up to where it sounds nothing like the original? Can someone construct a song purely from samples and call that an original? In the world of using samples to construct music/songs, is it HOW you use them and not WHAT they are that counts? I think being true to your self and what you are doing in the moment that moves you and maybe moves others is called being original. Being honest about the How and the What, giving props to those that helped rather then taking all the credit is being original. I can tell you what the opposite of originality is in one word, dishonesty. I don't think one has to reinvent the wheel to make a pretty cool looking rim for your car. There are those that stick out amongst the crowd with something that's not the same as the others, is that a pure definition of originality or is that something else entirely?
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Oh maybe I'd add that I consider my self very lucky in the fact that I have this thing I do called music. I tend to NOT take myself seriously so sometimes I talk as if things don't mean much. That is just my way of being funny and putting some twist on things. Music kind of allows that too. I mean to put it together is a serious thing and there are plenty out there in the world that know the finer details to all that and more - beyond anything I know. I'm teaching my self as I go. Eventually, when I turn this bedroom studio thing into a live show, things will be very different. I've always been a player in a band. This time I'll be the only player in the band. That will be absolutely incredible and amazing.