Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seven Questions with ... Phoenix York

Every-so-often I receive emails from musicians looking to be featured on my predominately ambient music podcast circumambient.  I am always on the hunt for new music to feature so when I received an email from Phoenix York ... I checked out his music.

I was impressed with York's latest album - "Godspeed Phuong" - it is a wonderfully deep and engaging piece that keeps the ADD part of my brain entertained with numerous layers of sound. I found it deeply intriguing and found myself sucked in, immersed in the waves of synths and occupied by the glitches and found sounds.

I was so intrigued that I wanted to know more about the creator ... so I asked if York would undertake my wee blog interview. I'm delighted to say he did:


1) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Phoenix York, I am a musician before anything ... I play the piano and guitar. I temporarily earn a living for now as a freelance IT specialist.

2) What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my next album using some euroracks (without sacrificing the melodic content), and a guitar.

3) Who inspires you? 
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
David Sylvian... tremendously.

- Name place that has inspired you.
The Greek Islands

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Unpredictability in art.

4) What drives you to do what you do? 
This is a delicate question ... possibly a desire to converse with the universe through my music.

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
Nonconformism and tolerance.

6) What role does community play in what you do?
I believe the environment i.e. community I live in yields a direct impact on my creativity.

7) What is next for what you do?
Complete my next album and prepare a live show.


"Godspeed Phuong" by Phoenix York is available now over on Twice Removed ... I highly recommend it and will be featuring tracks from it in future episodes of circumambient. In the meantime, have a wee listen below:

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