What is the inspiration behind this album? How did you come up with the name?
My new album is about exploring the edges and boundaries of electro as a genre. But it’s not just about experimenting with sounds and styles, it’s also about exploring the natural world around us. For me, nature has always been a source of inspiration and I wanted to capture that feeling of a fresh morning in a misty forest, with the scent of trees and plants in the air. The mystic of old woods and everything living in it. That’s why I named the album “A Brand New Day”.
How did you overcome challenges with this album?
When it comes to creating music or other forms of art, there are always challenges. For me, the biggest hurdles are often mental. The more I pour myself into my music, the more self-doubt creeps in. Questions like “Is it good enough?” and “Will people like it?” start to take over. Even the question “Do I like it?” can be a challenge. But I’ve learned that these challenges are a natural part of the creative process and that the best way to overcome them is to keep pushing forward. After all, the most important thing is to create something that is true to yourself and your vision.
How did you decide on the label who releases your music?
I’m thrilled to be working with Neurom, which is run by my dear friend Rolphëus Gheo. Rolph is an inspiring person and I really respect his open-mindedness and creative vision. I’ve had the pleasure of releasing music on his label before, under my techno alter ego Tramtunnel, and now I’m back with an electro release as Lloyd Stellar. While I’ve always appreciated Neurom as a label, the biggest reason I wanted to work with them again is because of Rolph.
How did you find match in this label where your album is releasing?
Neurom is a label that’s all about capturing a feeling, rather than fitting into a specific genre. And I think that’s what makes it such a great fit for my new album.
An instrument or device that has been monumental in this album? And why?
I’m absolutely in love with my Korg Prologue 16 synthesizer. It’s hands down my favorite instrument in the world. I’ve used it extensively on this album, as well as on all my other work over the past three years. It has its limitations and flaws. But for me, the sound it produces is simply unparalleled. I’ve owned a lot of synthesizers over the years, but this one is truly special to me. It’s become an integral part of my creative process. I could never imagine parting with it.
How soon can we expect your next release and what is that going to be about?
My next release is an EP called "Phantom Passenger" and will be released on February 28th, 2024. This project has been in the works for a while now. In fact, it was made three years ago! But it's been sitting at the label Burial Soil all this time, waiting for the perfect moment to be unleashed. It's quite different from this album. I like exploring sounds and styles and I think that's what keeps things fresh and interesting. After all, who wants to hear the same thing over and over again?