The NAS 10 Questions with The Damned Kirai
This time, we get to know The Damned Kirai, an electronic artist from Rome, Italy.
The music that he makes it's not bound to a specific scheme, but is a vessel to express. His music is something that is different from what is commonly heard, and so is hard to confine into a genre, because what is produced is often a stream of consciousness that wants to bring the listener into an unexplored world, where you can accomodate and listen, in the domain of Electronic Dance Music.
The track "Float" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I am from Italy, and precisely from Rome. Besides being an alternative electronic music artist, I'm a computer geek, and that's my main job right now beside producing music.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
A union of things, I have always wanted to make music, but for one reason or another I never started until 2020. Spending more time spent at home and the upheaval in my life brought by the birth of my daughter, made me explore this passion, and so, in the end, here I am, ready to bring my alternative electronic stories to the world.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
It's hard to explain.. You would expect something close to the electronic music world, but not really. I have followed Marilyn Manson a lot since I was a teenager and I can confidently assert that he is my biggest influence. Other bands I've listened to a lot near that genre are Slayer and Cradle Of Filth. You would say I'm a metalhead! NO! Because I've also listened avidly to Italo Dance Music (Gigi D'agostino, Prezioso), and I didn't dislike pop music like Avril Lavigne, I like the dark industrial sound of Rammstein while also appreciating mainstream music Like Avicii (RIP), Alesso and Betta Lemme. It's hard to explain my tastes!
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
I don't have a specific goal. What I would like is to share emotions and tell stories through my electronic music. If my music can make someone feel good or vent, travel to space or to a dystopian future, this would be the greatest satisfaction for me.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
There is no specific process, it is one stream of consciousness. I start adding something to the track, I start playing with sounds, and it feels as if the music writes itself guided by the unconscious
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
It's hard to tell. My favorite song of all time changes constantly. In this moment is "Marilyn Manson - Threats of Romance". I dunno why I like this "non-single" track so much. It transmits me a lot of emotions, it's like a storm.
7. What is the best advice or council you have either given or received in terms of music?
Be humble, grind for your music, ignore the people who criticize you just for the fun of it, and remember that you are who needs to invest in your music. I think that those are the basic points to maintain mental health while approaching the music industry.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
I'm pretty new to the scene so I don't have any big accompishments by now. Being played by radio stations is really good! Having the World Premiere of Float on BlueTorchRadio was amazing! Another thing was finding that my music was added to a pirated compilation available for download. That shook me in a positive way, because I accomplished that someone in the world liked that track "Bells of Joy" so much they added it in a "homemade pirated compilation". I know piracy is bad, but I own 100% of the intellectual property of that song, so I can confidently say, to whoever he is, thank you for loving my music.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
I updated my artist profile with an actual picture of me. This shocked all people I known as I am a big non fan of photos. The credit for this is to be given to NAS, I was asked to have a photo of myself to be posted on the site, and this thing made me think that maybe it was time to remove the logo as a profile photo even on the artist profile.
𝟭0. Tell us about your highest and lowest points in music so far.
Let's start from the lowest points. The lowest point was being refused by all the outlets where I was submitting my music at first, it felt very demoralizing. It was like I was hearing something in my music that I couldn't convey to others. But then I realized it was just tastes of the curators, because I found love for my music by other curators lately. Then I found NAS, here it's a whole new story, in this Indie family an artist self-confidence and will to improve explodes beyond any imaginable human limits.
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