Artist Name: Münhü
Release title: Reality is Zero
Release Genre: Experimental
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About the Artist
When did you start writing/producing/playing music and what or who were your early passions and influences? What was it about music and/or sound that drew you to it?
As a kid I always had a thing for music. I grew up listening to different genres of music but I never thought about becoming a musician myself. In 2010/2011 I met a good friend of mine that was a producer, and he briefly showed me how FL Studio worked, and that is how I pretty much started my journey as a producer/composer.
What would you say are the key ideas behind your approach to music and art?
Curiosity I would say. I don’t know if that is seen as an idea, but curiosity is probably the main thing that got me here.
Could you describe what part of the creative process is particularly dear to you?
It is probably the time before I start a project. When I have soaked in all of the inspiration I received from other sources, and when I start that project for the first time.
Listening can be both a solitary and a communal activity. Likewise, creating music can be private or collaborative. Do you have a preference?
I do prefer private more than being collaborative, but I don’t mind doing both. Most of my ideas come from other artists, so you could say that they are part of the collaborative process.
Art can be a way of dealing with the big topics in life: life, loss, death, love, pain, and many more. In which way has music – either your own or that of others – contributed to your understanding of these questions?
Music has contributed a lot with the loss of a family member of mine and the difficulties I had earlier on in my teenage years. Back then it was probably the only thing that kept me balanced and serene.
About the Album
Tell us about your new album Reality is Zero. Is there a story behind it? What were the influences or inspirations to write it?
Reality is Zero is part of a series I started in 2015 called Tribe Music. It is one of my projects where I intend to be more experimental with my music, and also implement a story in it. For Reality is Zero, it is moreso an introduction to different upcoming projects that I have planned in the future. It is like the foreword of a book explaining what and how the next chapters will be.
Could you describe your creative process behind the album? Where did the ideas come from, how were they transformed in your mind, what did you start with and how do you refine these beginnings into a finished song?
The ideas for this album came mainly from my previous series of projects, books I have read such as The Kybalion, and from learning more about Mythology from different cultures around the world.
Releasing music is such a mammoth effort. What are the biggest challenges? What things did you learn in the process?
The biggest challenge to me was patience. To be patient enough to figure out when to finish a song, when to take a break when you are stuck with something in a project, and to not overthink when that happens.
How did you go about choosing your recording/mixing/mastering engineer? Any advice for anyone else currently going through the process?
Well, I got an email from a mastering engineer, and checking his portfolio it seemed the right person for the job. So I don’t really have any advice on how to find/choose the right engineer for you other than that.
What formats will be the release available on? What is the best place for people to find and support your music?
On YouTube, Soundcloud, Audiomack, Bandcamp, Spotify and other distributors.
If you want to support me I think YouTube and/or Spotify are the best places, but it is all up to the listeners and supporters.
What’s next for Münhü?
After my album release I will be working on different things, still a little bit related to music, but it will be a longer process than with this album.
Anything else you would like to say/add?
I would like to add that creativity is something every human being has in store..
There are no special or chosen people in the world that have those abilities. It is just a matter of finding where your creativity lies, and if you are enthusiastic and willing to put effort into it to make it blossom. That is what most “talented” people do.
So if people out there that have creativity in them (which imo is everyone) and you doubt if it will have any meaningful impact on you, just try it, be patience, and see where it leads you.