Andreas Beats interview and Exclusive Track

Happy Wednesday!

I have something new this week for my music bit.  As I mentioned last week I reached out to Andreas Beats and he accepted to do an interview and also sent me an unreleased single which he gave me permission to share with my readers.  So without further ado:

Since I don’t have a premium plan for wordpress I had to upload the track to soundcloud but here is a link: C – Strings

Questions:
1) how long have you been making music? did you always want to make a career out of it or did it just happen?
Andreas: I started making hip hop beats back in 96 with a friend of mine. We kept at it for a few years, but I eventually got solo with no real aim or plan. I just kept doing the music that I like without the intention of anybody else beeing interested in it. I wanted to make a living from music for a while but it’s such a shaky business. I make a track for some company’s clip or something like that once in a while. But it’s not anything I pursue. When I’m asked I’ll do it. But nowadays I mostly make music for climbing movies, which is my passion besides music. But I won’t be quitting my day job anytime soon.
2) It seems like you do more than just make music, what are your other professional projects or hobbies?
Andreas: My passion and my job is climbing. I work as a routesetter. And when I have a minute to spare I climb. Can’t get enough of it!
3) Who inspires you? In anyway, like musical influences or personal heros or whatever?
Andreas: Who inspires me? Tricky one. I don’t know if I have a person that inspires me. Nature does. And sounds.
4) What advice would you give aspiring artists/musicians/producers etc?
Andreas: I’d say, just have fun and do what you like. Don’t try to emulate or follow trends. Just make the tunes you yourself would want to listen to. And put in the time. Music comes from inspiration, but inspiration isn’t present all that often. And in between the nuggets of inspiration you just have to work, work and work. Let it take the time it takes.
5) What sort of change would you like to see in your community (anything like the music scene, your country, the world at large, whatever you work towards personally that you’d like to see happen at large)?
Andreas: I cannot say all that much about the music scene and what needs changing since I am positioned on the very fringe of it. I sit at home and make stuff for the joy of it and don’t circulate in the “music scene” and that is in a way by choice. I’m quite happy beeing an outsider of the music industry.
But as for the community in general I would like to see a step in the other direction from where it’s going now. Towards compassion and not towards racism and hate. Seems like in all countries now there is a racist party on the rise. And it needs to be turned around if it’s not going to end ugly.
Thanks goes out to Andreas Beats for being so generous with his time and content.
I have more interviews lined up for the nerdcore rappers I saw in Manchester in November.  I intended to get it out sooner but I was trying to wait on everyone to get back to me however, I have 3 of 4 and I will proceed with out the last guy if need be.
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Andreas Beats (band)

Happy Wednesday!

I like instrumental music a lot.  It’s primarily what I listen to while reading or writing and for me what I frequently take away from music enjoyment is the variety of sounds, melodies, and rhythms.

Adreas Beats is musician who creates beautiful and whimsical nature inspired tunes strongly favoring flute, strings, piano, and some other accents like horns (I can’t quite identify it, trumpet and slide trombone maybe? UPDATE: I reached out to Andreas on Facebook to tell them how much I loved their music and they were kind enough to read my this post and they told me “…the hard to adentify sounds you described are a mash of trombone tuba and various other brass instruments :)” what a nice guy!) and drums.  He has 2 albums out, though both are excellent I’m going to focus on his newer of the two Into the Woods.

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I was sold from the album cover.

Unfortunately this artist is still pretty small and doesn’t have very much of their music posted online anywhere except spotify.  However if you do have spotify, both of his albums, Into the Woods and Vermland are available on there.

My top 3 favourite tracks off Into the Woods:

  1. The titular song “Into the Woods”
  2. “Positive” (not listed on his site under track listing but on Spotify)
  3. A-M K

I realize that this artist is a bit more effort to find than usual, I do try to make it easy, but please trust me when I say it is well worth finding Andreas Beats and having a listen.

UPDATE #2: Okay so as I mentioned in the above update, I reached out to Andreas and they read this piece and they are sending me an exclusive sneak peek demo they’re working on and agreed to an interview! Tune in next week Wednesday folks and be the one of those cool kids who gets to hear a bleeding fresh track first!