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Tony Volker – Shadow Dance

 

Tony Volker - Shadow Dance
Tony Volker – Shadow Dance

 

ARTIST NAME: Tony Volker

 

SONG TITLE: Shadow Dance

 

ARTIST NAME: Tony Volker

 

SONG TITLE: Shadow Dance

 

ALBUM TITLE: Where the Light Gets In

 

GENRE: Folktronic, Psychedelic

 

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Tony Volker is a South London songwriter whose music is a unique blend of indie-folk, trip-hop, and electronica.

 

Volker’s songs are produced using a mix of classic audio recording and subtle, sparse electronics.

 

Volker delivers vivid imagery courtesy of both experimental, textured sounds and symbolic lyrics delivered with emotion and character.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

When writing and producing this song I was inspired by Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.

 

I was also listening to Nikhil Banerjee around that time and I think the sitar influence crept in from him there.

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Discuss how you develop your music style.

This song came from a place of recording and building a short-textured loop and expanding upon it.  There usually isn’t much of a plan to it and it comes from a process of experimentation until I can stumble up something that I enjoy and then can work with.

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Elaborate on multi-genre music.

Multi-genre music is important to me as thinking along these lines enables a genuinely creative approach to the process of music-making, rather than trying to fit into a bracket.

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Tell us the best means of reaching fans.

The best means of reaching fans for me is always through gigs; nothing better for me as a musician to feel how a song is received directly.

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Discuss the process involved in launching a musical career.

The process is often a slow one and involves being entrepreneurial; you need to have a strong vision for your brand and what makes you stand out; not just with the music but in terms of all forms of presentation.

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Tell us how to develop a lyric to a full song.

The lyrics will come from a spark or an original idea- this will either be a mood or image that I will then try to elaborate on. This can happen very quickly and then I will take some time to refine it.

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Tell us how you come up with a melody.

Melodies come about by just trying lots of things when I’m playing or recording and seeing which ideas stick; the strong ones always seem to.

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Tell us your ideal type of recording studio.

I like a home studio set up- it should feel cozy and not too grand.

 

It also should be accessible so that when the ideas come you are never too far away from being able to get these ideas down.

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Describe the factors you consider in a good song.

I think it needs to have distinctive and memorable elements to it but also be accessible and emotive. It’s a delicate balance to strike!

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Tell us how you impact your listeners with your songs.

This can vary but I always like to be able to share some vulnerability in my songs as I think that is a key ingredient.

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Tell us how you interact with producers and music directors.

I make music alone often, but I would like to do more work with other producers moving forward.

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Tell us how you feel after the completion of a song.

Satisfied!

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Tell us your worst song and state the reason.

I’ve written plenty of nonsense that hasn’t seen the light of day! I tried to rap once in an early song- glad I saw sense and didn’t put that out.

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Tell us what you will change in your music.

I’m not sure yet. The experiments will dictate where the music goes next …

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Tell us what is special about this release.

It has a unique marriage of genres and has its own sound.

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Tell us about your future goals.

I’d like to play a few more festivals and bigger shows.

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Tell us how you overcome obstacles.

Taking time to do yoga and be mindful and then reproaching from a fresh perspective.

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Elaborate on the song.

This song is a description of a state of accurate anxiety and mental dissociation and is a reminder to ground myself in these moments.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Tony Volker is my artist name. The song comes from the album Where the Light Gets In, which came about because I was thinking about the positives that often come about from difficult and dark situations.

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Tony Volker’s latest release, Where the Light Gets In, described by Higher Plain Music as “kaleidoscope” and “unique and engaging” draws on Indian ragas, psychedelia, folk, hip hop, pop, grunge, and indie to create a textured listening experience.

 

Lyrically the album attempts to offer a positive and optimistic perspective on contemporary anxieties and traumas on both a personal and social level.

 

Tony has had a busy 2020 so far with several shows in London including a set on Killing Moon’s ‘New Moons’ event and a release planned for later in the year.

 

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