This time, we get to know Lloyd Vaan. His track "Gustav Hellmann" is now featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?
I have a few hobbies even though most of the time i'm just working on music; I like painting, writing, reading and photography.
𝟮. How did your get into music?
Got into music out of boredom, i think boredom is one of the best scenarios to discover new passions. When I was about twelve, we had a keyboard at home, the ones that have like a bunch of presets and also a drum machine. I used to have so much fun playing that keyboard (and I still do) all the time and I was always messing around with it and making a lot of little songs by ear. few years later, when i was 14 I began to learn piano, a lot of music theory and music production (and I'm still learning). When I was 15 I independently released my first instrumental single on every streaming platform 'Peace' which includes three carefully selected songs I made when i was 13-15: P.O.M (Peace Of Mind), Incurable and Solution (?). Now at 18, I'm still very proud of those tracks and I think they're quite special. Later on, I released my first instrumental album 'Masquerades' in 2019 which included a wider variety of sounds and genres, also very special to me. The songs that stood out the most on that record were Semitranslucent, Darsteller, Mask and Ghost's Iris. In 2020 I released my second album 'Anatomy & Friends' which brought more people into my music, which I think is very cool. My current most popular songs are from that record such as 'Gustav Hellmann', 'My Friend Jean Lives in Saint-Étienne', 'Florida' and 'Summer Bliss'
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
listened and enjoyed a lot of different kinds of music in my life, and even though your favorite song or artists may always be changing monthly or even weekly i think as a musician in my experience at least, the music that sticks with you the most in the crafting of the identity of your own sound is the one you loved when you were a child. And during that time I listened to a lot of electronic music, film music, classical music, jazz and its derivative from lots of amazing artists.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
Goals always change to me, but my main goal is to basically be able to make at least a decent living out of my own music and just do what i love to do everyday. Make music, have fun and chill.
5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?
well i'd much rather perform in as many places and locations as possible than in a location in specific. I'd like to perform on music festivals though, i think they're cool.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
That's hardest question to ask an average melomaniac like me, but i just checked my spotify stats to see what my most listened song is and it's Flim by Aphex Twin. i love that song because i feel it tells a different story every time i listen to it, or makes me think of different places or landscapes. this happens to me with a lot of music, including mine. i think that's so awesome because it's very helpful to do thigs such as art covers and even coming up with the titles for the songs/albums.
7. Most embarrassing moment?
got caught mixing tangerine and oreos at midnight, it's actually not that bad but i wouldn't eat it again. i always like to make weird mixes when it comes to food, sometimes something really good comes up. just like in music.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
My increasing comfort with being more public. It wasn’t long ago that I could barely speak in front of a small gathering of friends from school, but when I decided to give myself the chance to become the artist I wanted to be it felt quite relieving. But i have still a lot to work on.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
I love barefoot walking, running and biking. Barefoot activities are really cool. It's a cool way to sense your surroundings from a different source other than your eyes or your ears.
𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?
Just like your favourite song, your dream collab changes all the time. but today I think it would be Aphex Twin, even though i don't see how he could ever need me i'd like to know what a collab with him would sound like.
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