In my sophomore year in high school, some of my friends were making electronic music just with their computers and I thought it was interesting, so I gave it a try, and that’s kinda how it got started! I think I’ve always wanted to make music, but it always seemed difficult, but when I saw that my friends were making music, it didn’t look too hard, so I went for it, and here I am!
What song of yours is the one you like the most?
I’d probably have to say that my favorite song of mine is “Descendit in Pertinaciam,” because when I performed it live, I could improv the little telephone sounds on my keyboard and someone said that they really liked it!
How do you write your music?
When I write music, it’s usually because something inspired me or I thought of a melody or something and eventually it develops into a song. I’ve written music in just about any way thinkable: written score, played on a keyboard or guitar and transferred to electronics, or just starting directly in Ableton Live, it just depends on the situation. Sometimes I’ll start with a melody, sometimes a bass line, and sometimes I’ll just goof around on drums. From there I just add other parts and make a song out of it!
What is music?
Music is the combination of sounds in an organized form to create auditory art. That’s my literal definition. I think that music makes the world go round and I don’t think we’d be here if it weren’t for music. Music is beauty for the ears.
What influences do you have?
Inspirations specifically for Mare Soni would be mostly video game music, Rollcage Music/Mike Partee, Adjy, and Monroeville Music Center. Video games have always been a huge part of my life and the music in them greatly inspired me to make the music of this project. Any kind of live music also inspires me to replicate a sound or chord structure or rhythm and try to make a song out of it! Also the Latin classes I was taking at the time influenced the weird names for songs 😛
What´s the best experience you have had with your project?
The best experience(s) I’ve had with Mare Soni is being able to play several show at local venues like the A&M Theatre with amazing performers like Adjy and Rollcage and other great acts that I had the privledge of performing with. Also just whenever someone gives me a compliment or wants a cd, it’s really inspiring and makes me want to make more music.
What plans do you have this year?
Mare Soni has been on a long hiatus because of college and other interests, so I don’t have any plans currently, but doing this interview makes me want to make more music! I will say that I’ve wanted to make music for a video game for a while now so that could be coming in this next year. I also might be making music with some friends of mine, so some Mare Soni tunes could come out of that as well!
Mention something you don´t like about your project.
As a perfectionist, listening back on my music, I honestly dislike a good bit of the music I released, but I don’t regret it in any way because it was all good practice if anything.
Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.
I really haven’t sacrificed much for this project, but I did spend a lot of my 2014 summer writing my EP which I don’t think is that great, but I still had a great time making it.
What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?
Panama City has a really cool music scene, so I here’s some of my favorite local musicians and bands: Rollcage/Mike Partee, Blind Tiger, Common Family, Dirt Don’t Hurt, A Solid Foundation, My Brother: The Ocean, Projections, and I Built This Field All By My Self With No Help.
If your project was a word, what would it be?
The first word that comes to mind is “experimental,” because I have a hard time sticking to one genre and when I started making music I used whatever kinds of electronic instruments that I could find and just experimented to write songs.
What´s your full name?
Hunter Redding, my house in Panama City, FL