Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a producer/songwriter/musician (in that order) based in the SF Bay Area. I like exploring genres and styles and different ways music communicates beyond just lyrics.  I’m particularly fond of recording everyday noises and incorporating them into my music. 

How would you describe your musical style?

I have a strong base in pop music with leanings towards harder-edged genres like electro, industrial and prog rock. I went through many phases growing up, starting with top 40 and then moving into new wave and metal and goth/industrial. I like some hip-hop too.  I’m a fan of many genres and I think my music reflects that.

What can audiences expect from your latest EP, “Out at Night”?

Audiences can expect an interesting mix of styles that, when listened to as a whole, takes you on a journey. There’s some upbeat pop, an ambient soundscape that moves you into darker territory, and finally a resolution. Half the EP is instrumental and only one song that features lyrics in standard verse/chorus format. I really hope people will give the whole EP a chance. Put in your earbuds and take a walk—I promise it will create a narrative for your outing!

What can you tell us about your latest single, “Mechanical Dogs”?

I think it’s fun and danceable and a little weird. It started out as just strange noises I recorded on my phone the morning after this big lightning storm. The sound just sparked my imagination and I went from there.

I have a hard time imagining anyone being introduced to the song without the video because in my mind they’re a package. 

What was your inspiration for the video for “Mechanical Dogs”? It feels like a throwback to some of the videos from the late 80s and early 90s.

It’s very DIY. Originally I was planning to make it a machinima video and shoot it in Second Life because I really enjoy that style. I know a lot of people find those videos cheesy and I wanted it to have a wider appeal so I decided on a different approach.

I think it started with the nighttime footage of my neighborhood shot on my phone. After that, I tried to figure out what else might work and I decided to film myself using Webcam Toy filters. Although the song is not specifically about the robotic dogs, that seemed an obvious choice and I had to brush up on my After Effects skills. 

For me, making a video is part of the creative process of bringing the song to an audience.

What advice would you have for aspiring music artists?

You’re really going to have to commit if you want to move forward in music. I spent a lot of time believing if I just put a song or a video online it would get discovered and that would be it. There’s so much good music out there, you really have to put your best effort into it every day. 

What’s next for your career?

Up next I’m trying to get a video together for the title track, “Out at Night.” I think it’s a fun song and I’d like to make the video a love letter to San Francisco’s nightlife and club scene now that things are opening back up. I’m also always writing new material. 

What’s your life like outside of the ring?

I like spending time with my family and my four cats. I watch a lot of movies with a special love of horror movies. I also draw and paint for fun. 

I live in a town that has both a beach and mountains, so I enjoy hiking and heading out to the beach on nice days, and lately, I’ve been getting back into roller skating.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

You can find me at www.phasesLM.com and also YouTube www.youtube.com/PhasesLikeTheMoon and of course Spotify–search for PhasesLM.

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