Mystified has been one of the most active electronic musicians of the last decade. Since the project’s inception, Mystified has released a little over 130 albums, many of which are collaborations with other artists, including Stephen Philips, Norss, and Ghost Detail, amongst others.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the man behind Mystified, Thomas Park. Here’s the full transcription:
Me: What gave rise to the Mystified project?
Park: For some time I wrote techno music as AutoCad. Then I ran into some legal issues over the name. I happened to collaborate with Robin Storey of Rapoon, and decided to work with ambient music.
Me: What have been some of your inspirations over the years?
Park: Rapoon, Nigel Ayers, C. Reider, PBK, Fosel, Seetyca, many others.
Me: Do you have a favorite artist/band or a collection of favorite albums?
Park: Rapoon is probably my favorite artist, though I have been listening a lot to Robert Rich lately.
Me: Tell me a little about your other musical projects.
Park: Some of my projects are top-secret. But I can tell you about Mister Vapor, which is about really hazy, ambient music in general. Stuff without much form.
Me: In what direction do you see yourself moving, musically, in the next year or so?
Park: I’d like to collaborate more. Also to keep using my new horn, a trombone, in making music.
Me: What is your preferred format for music releases?
Park: I think I am finally into netreleases. I like the free format. Grab it and put it on your listening device. Vinyl is nice, and so are cds, but who has the time or money?
Me: What are the goals of your net label, Treetrunk Records?
Park: I’d like to keep releasing some of the best experimental music out there, for free.
Me: I have a good understanding of what phonography and field records consists of, but can you perhaps describe what other genres you’re interested in releasing?
Park: Anything where the method of creation is experimental, from fractal, to abstract, to just all kinds of music.
Me: What sort of gave rise to the idea of starting your own label?
Park: I had some stuff I thought no one else would release. So I tried to figure out a way to do it myself.
Me: What is your opinion on independent music?
Park: I love independent music. Some of it sucks, but the best of it kicks the a#$ off of mainstream music.
Me: Do you think the internet has helped or hindered the growth of independent artists?
Park: It has helped, though now it has become difficult or perhaps impossible to make money off of music.
Me: Can artists benefit from social networking?
Me: Any advice for new artists/musicians out there?
Park: Be prepared to take some heat. Don’t be afraid of criticism. And be ready to grow. If you love writing music, it can really take you somewhere.
A big thanks to Thomas Park for agreeing to take part in the massive interview project.
Treetrunk Records can be found here: http://treetrunkrecords.wordpress.com/ Here, there are megatons of incredible music for all via free download.
There’ll be more interviews to come soon, and more reviews as well!