Will Newmarch, from Brighton in the UK, is The Mechanic Depressive. Will has been sculpting sounds and creating left-field electronica since his teenage years and kindly agreed to complete a featured artist interview for Song Revelation. Read the full interview below to learn about how he creates the unique Manic Depressive sound, what songs he listens to relax and aid his creativity as well as his collaborations with the singer Lauren Rebecca,
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
An experimental, digital composer with a background in metal and a taste for the melodic and the mildly disturbing.
Q: What is your musical background?
I’ve been into creating electronically based music from an early age. In my early teens I was part of a couple of metal bands which fueled my love for powerful, ‘in-your-face’ sounds. Over the last few years I have worked on my electronic composition, while including some more ‘real’ sounds in my songs to keep things down to earth. I’m currently working towards a degree and contributing to that with some work I’ve been doing with singer/songwriter Lauren Rebecca.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 was a year of development for me. I composed a lot and discovered different techniques and sounds I could use to make my work more interesting and unique. My songs in early 2010 we’re very different to what I do now.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I have a small amount of influences, set over a wide range of genres, which means my songs are always very different, and I don’t have very many aspects to tie all my music together. Most of the music I listen to tends to fall into the genres of power metal, electronica or contemporary jazz. Though I listen to the radio a lot which keeps my songwriting style more commercial structurally.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I have been a massive fan of muse for the last 6 or 7 years. Matt Bellamy is a genious. That is all.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I love getting really full-on sounds so an orchestra would be good.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Songs I repeat a lot at the moment would include:-
Disappear Here – Hybrid
Buttersnips – Periphery
Sugarette (Wax Stag Remix) – Bibio
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
My favourite includes creating an environment to play in by putting a keyboard or guitar through the computer and applying vast amounts of reverb and delay. This tends to make everything you play sound epic and is the perfect set-up for creating some really colossal riffs. Then just build up the layers and cut it up to create a structure.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody. Lyrics on their own are just poetry. Melody can give, even a bad lyric, immense emotion, while at the same time being able to take all the meaning from a good lyric. You’ve got to get it right. I find instrumentals can actually be more emotional than tracks with lyrical content, however, great lyrics can enhance and even ‘make’ a song.
Although, I believe that in the pop culture we live in today, lyrics are the only way to quickly and effectively get through to people, so both go hand in hand, in creating an instant hit with the masses.
I think it depends on the context.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s quiet, but being so close to Brighton means it’s easy to go out and have a good night, and there are tonnes of live acts playing every night so there’s always something to listen to.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently creating some tunes with Lauren Rebecca who I met in early 2010 when she offered to sing some vocals for me. We’ve been working on some really unique electronica, and should be releasing it gradually over the next few weeks.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Performing my songs acoustically live with Lauren. It was good to get them to an audience and I think they came out well!
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
More releases and more exposure in my local area. I want to get involved with things and meet people. I am also working on a way of playing my stuff live… At the moment it includes using an Xbox controller as an electric drum kit which should be interesting…
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Not currently, but watch this space.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I listen to something quieter.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
If you have Facebook then be kept up-to-date with new releases by ‘liking’ my artist page!
Editor’s Note: The Mechanic Depressive has a unique blend of industrial electronic music and haughtingly melodic vocals to produce something memorable.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact the Mechanic Depressive, follow the links below:
web page link: http://www.TheMechanicDepressive.co.uk