Interview with Thomas Park of Mystified

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?

Park:  Absolutely.

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. 

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There’ll be more interviews to come soon, and more reviews as well!

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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