Our Unseen Guest

Years Active 4

Latest Release Lost Flowers, released June 3, 2021 & In Spite of Everything, released April 3, 2021

Current Album on Repeat Discolicht by Tilly Electronics

Currently Reading I’m reading a book of Greek myths and America by Baudrillard (at the recommendation of a friend).

Favorite Venue to Perform Now That’s Class – The sound is great and artists who I admire have played here.

Favorite Local Artists

Boring Dream – Excellent ambient musician and metaphysical poet.

Machine Listener – I saw this artist play an Octatrack at Mahall’s and it blew my mind.

Key to the Mint – I played a show with them and they are unbelievably good.

What do you think is the biggest lesson we can all take away from this past year?

Don’t live in fear and trust your intuition.

Previous Bands? 

The project that became Our Unseen Guest started as Goom in 2015, then before that I played guitar in bands since high school.

Were you anywhere before Cleveland? 

I lived in Oregon for a few years.

Anyone you’d like to Collaborate with? 

I’d like to collaborate with Xeno & Oaklander or Marta Raya.

Experience working with a label?

One label contacted me about joining their roster and then I never heard from them. I am talking to a minimal synth label about producing a tape however, so we’ll see.

What’s the biggest thing that your band could use help with? (Promotion, Recording, Merch, Booking, Touring, etc)

All of the above. You get a little better at these things over time but I feel like I have so much to learn still. I’d really like to find a way to get vinyl out.

What does Cleveland or Akron have to offer aspiring musicians?

Cleveland made me a better musician and educated me on music, so I think it can do the same for others. This city has a history of incredible electronic/experimental music (Pere Ubu, Emeralds, Nine Inch Nails). The record stores are unmatched and you’ll always find the most obscure fascinating stuff.

What has your recording experience been like?

I’ve done mostly everything alone, so I’ve learned to accept my imperfections and craft my own sound. If my own production was perfect I think it would sound boring. I’ve also learned that your recordings will turn out differently from what you planned, so you have to learn to follow where they are going.

What’s the next move?

I should be receiving a shipment of tapes soon so it will be good to finally give people physical copies of this music. I will also continually run a stream called Synthesthesia where I play mostly synth pop that different artists submit to the show. 

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