Thursday, May 29, 2014
Seven questions with ... Emily Loren Moss Ferrell, founder of the Subterranean Tide Netlabel
I have a lot of respect for Emily Loren Moss Ferrell and her netlabel - Subterranean Tide ... we are on the same wavelength when it comes to experimental music and I really like the space she's created on the ol' interwebs.
She's adding value and creating culture ... and I appreciate her efforts. So much so, I asked if she'd consider answering a few questions. I'm delighted to say she agreed ... this is what she had to say:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Emily Loren Moss Ferrell – a rather long name but I couldn't imagine dropping the Moss after I got married as I am too much influenced by my father. I run Subterranean Tide Netlabel, I'm a mom, a musician's wife, a poet's daughter and I write poetry myself. You will most likely find myself looking for something to do rather than knowing what to do. Often I find myself doing nothing but struggling with my own internal self since I've been on disability for the past 3 years.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
I'm very honoured to be working on putting out a new release for Mathias Van Ecloo under the moniker D.rhöne. Mathias is also known for his brilliant sound work as Monolyth and Cobalt. Look for the release from Subterranean Tide out on June 12th. Feel free to take a sneak peak at the release here: https://soundcloud.com/subterraneantide/drhone-iii-album-preview. This is the 3rd and final release for D.rhöne and it's been a true pleasure working out the details with Mathias.
I am also working on writing poetry again – I've taken quite a hiatus over the past few years.
3) Who inspires you?
There are so many artists who inspire me, including the people I work with on a daily basis. Right now Mathias' release is moving me – sending me internally to new places as I listen to it at this very moment to help with writing this interview. These and other sound artists inspire me all the time – hence my dedication to the netlabel. I figure if I can get artists out there and heard for free then I'm also able to share a part of my own inspirations in hopes that others may experience the same.
David Teboul of Linear Bells has recently been a big inspiration. He asked me to write a poem for one of his new releases so this poem, even though it's pretty short, it has motivated me to start writing again. You can find the poem and the release at http://linearbells.bandcamp.com/album/robots-orchestra-tones. I've been stuck with no subject matter for such a long time, while listening to this new track – the words just fell out.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
What drives me is a very complicated issue. I am consistently “un-driven” struggling with bipolar depression and just existence itself. But the music helps, the CC Music community, the musicians I've worked with, etc. The poetry is more innate, I'm highly driven when I'm manic.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
The value of art. The value of poetry, words & music. The importance of Creative Commons - it really makes art accessible to everyone and cuts out a bit of elitism - I love the idea of sharing and building upon each other's work.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
Community plays a huge role. If it wasn't for all the artists out there – there would be no label. And with no label, there would really be less for me to look forward to.
7) What is next for what you do?
Continue running the label. As I've said I've got this great release coming out from D.rhöne and something from Bengalfuel coming out later this summer. I also hope to write more this year – I'm always searching for new inspiration from the people I meet – send me your music, your thoughts, inspire me. :)
For more information on the label, go to www.subterraneantide.com and if you would like to read my poetry further, you can find some of my work over at www.emilylorenmossferrell.blogspot.com.
Thanks Emily! I've embedded a BC player with the 'Endless Intermission' compilation from Subterranean Tide ... it features tracks from Be My Friend In Exile, Bengalfuel, Linear Bells, and Mystified amongst others and is well worth checking out ... it is also free to download!
Please do what you can to support the independent labels that support the independent musicians ... and please, please encourage Emily in all her endeavours.