by Chris Delente
Indigo Seed is a band based in Seattle, Washington that has just come out with their debut EP. The EP is titled, “Patterns” and if you are a fan of The Doors, Tame Impala, or any other psychedelic rock than you have to listen to this project. It includes some guitar riffs that will be stuck in your head for hours, as you are entranced with the overall feel the track gives you. We will let the music speak for itself, but we were lucky enough to get to interview Indigo Seed below. Check it out and learn some more about them. You can also find a link their newest project below.
What first got you into music?
A: Music always connected with me as far as I remember, I guess it really took off for me when I got into collecting the entire Beatles discography and picking up my first electric fender guitar in the summer of 2008 learning to play bits of George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s songs and appreciate the concept of songwriting. Picking up guitar was a life changing event, because I’ve virtually played with one everyday ever since, if that moment never happened, I suppose all of life could be different today. I learned some piano and clarinet growing up, but guitar truly transformed music into an undying passion.
How did you first start developing your career?
A: Some of the tracks like Dream Escape off of the album Patterns were first written as early as 2010, performed over the years before their release in Denver, Colorado and Seattle Washington at open mics and small venues. There were some great musicians I had the chance to play with I hope to collaborate with again on a future project.
Songwriting has taken many forms for me, before forming Indigo Seed, I’ve recorded material for animations and game development projects sometimes with MIDI inputs, piano, sitar, guitar, anything I could get my hands on. Patterns has been deeply embedded in my mind as an idea for a decade which is part of why it releases with 10 tracks on 10.10.2020.
Tell us about your newest album, what are some stories of how it came about?
A: Indigo Seed’s recording sessions got going in 2019 seeking the 2020 release date of the debut album Patterns. 02.02.2020 was the release of the first single Kepler Lounge (the release date being a mirror image of the year of release). Patterns is a concept album about synchronicities, the phenomena of repeating numbers, and a perspective of physical reality being an illusionary construction of emotional energy. The patterns of thoughts and emotions within us become a state of awareness of being. When we alter these patterns, our states of awareness can shift, and this album is all encompassing in symbols, mysticism, and abstraction for existentialists and spiritualistic minds alike. The production focus of Patterns was to track songs that can also be played for live performance, so I would be very curious to build a future project that would be able to feel more produced. When I first planned on tracking for the Patterns Sessions I had asked my work mate Nick if he wanted to help lay down some drums for the recordings. To my surprise, the percussion became my favorite element. He’s a really great drummer that works on several projects and events around the Seattle area. My friend Michael who I met in Boulder Colorado played many of the tracks with me live before their release, and I hope to one-day re-release a special edition of the album including his contributions. Patterns comes out on all the streaming services 10.10.2020 at 11:11 am local time.
What is the most challenging of your creative process?
A: The most challenging aspect of creativity for me is social media! I can’t help but often go dark from the web, so one day I hope to find someone to fill the gap on my behalf. Strictly on the creative level, it is very difficult to scrap ideas, Patterns had two songs in the recordings sessions that were scrapped before release for the betterment of the album, and of course many ideas that never made it to the recording sessions. In the end, it’s worth it for the final project, though it is very challenging to let go of ideas you love.
Do you sing in the shower? If so what songs?
A: The shower’s honestly one of the best places for creativity, I can’t tell you the number of times a melody gets in my head and then transcribed to guitar after. My Morning Jacket’s “Knot Come Loose” has been my most recent shower tune.
Who would you most like to collaborate with/what music artist do you most admire?
A: RADIOHEAD, I think Radiohead has made some of the best music to have ever existed yet, and I’m very happy to be alive during their time. From a writing perspective, I could really see myself collaborating with Damon Albarn one day, he seems to love to work with lots of different artists, and I feel we would have a similar vibe of writing in any genre that felt fun at the time.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?
A: The release of Patterns will likely be my biggest personal accomplishment for a long time standing! I’m happy to find opportunities to work with it further, which I will be proud of, but crafting the album to release was the largest milestone in the journey from my perspective.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: Life is but a Dream. Neville Goddard and Alan Watts heavily influence my philosophies and the inspirations on the album. Eckhart Tolle’s idea and comments on Buddhism of the egoic mind being the condition all humans suffer from helps shed the light of forgiveness for seeing people for who they really are under the surface. I hope this album speaks to people on that level.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
A: I think a question or rather a scenario everyone should imagine for themselves is if they had all they desired. Pretend for a moment anything you ever wanted is already yours, the house, the car, the family, etc. Pretend you have all the money in the world if you want, you already have it, put yourself in the moment, now what? What would you do? I think when you find this answer your whole life can change, because you’re no longer chasing for a passive future, you can begin to live exactly how you want to today, in the moment. Music and art were the answers for me!
What’s next for you?
A: If you believe in signs from the universe, it comes to me as no coincidence that a painting nearby has the answer to this very question in this moment of time. I can’t comment too much on the project, though it will be called Crimson Forests. Promoting Patterns is Indigo Seed’s focus for the near future, building music relationships, finding sync placements with the material and invest in the project in a way that could fund future workflows of music production. As of right now, there are no official plans for a future release from Indigo Seed. A next release would likely fall into the Singles or EP category before another LP album.
Chris Delente is a freelance writer, audio engineer/producer, and overall music obsessor who has lived in the Washington D.C. area since birth. He is also a huge Washington Redskins fan, and an equally enthusiastic supporter of all D.C. sports.
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