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Evie: What was the moment that made you decide to become a musician?
Draken: I don’t think there was ever one specific moment. At least not one that I can remember. It's always been what I dreamed of doing ever since I was a little kid.
Evie: Why do you create the type of music you do? What about this style relates to you?
Draken: I try to create a sort of soft folk sound and also have some stuff that rattles you a bit and feels a bit grittier to mix my perspectives and show how really multifaceted people can be. By illustrating scenarios and backgrounds and situations that are, on paper, kind of ugly but with the right music it gives it a kind of jolly, pessimistic feel. You can voice angry and freaked out concepts and feelings with groovy music man. It doesn’t all have to be gnarly to the ear. At least that is what I want what I’m working on now to be.
Evie: What has been the biggest obstacle in getting to where you are now?
Draken: I think the biggest obstacle I’ve faced in getting to where I am today is myself. I think when it comes dow to it the thing that held me back most is my own self doubt. You can sort of placebo yourself into creativity blocks when you doubt yourself and worry insensibly. Its not a good vibe at all when you sit down to play and you just can’t channel anything because your brain is all messed up. When you have heavy stuff tagging along with you the best thing to do is to just try and take it one day at a time. And stay aware of how you feel for the moment. Most people tend to think about other situations and scenarios that don’t really tend to the situation at hand. When there's people all around you and your thinking about something else, you kind of put the present moment on the backburner. You prioritize passing thoughts over the new moment all around you.
Evie: Who are some of your musical inspirations and why?
Draken: I’ve been inspired by a lot of musicians. Mostly those who play instruments. There's a lot of music out there. There's so many people with so much style to pick from. It makes who you idolize unique to you and I think that’s why this is such a popular question to ask someone who makes music. I really dig mischief brew. I really like their works, also the works of Erik Petersen. They just rock my world. It expresses all the punk stuff I was interested in and also the sounds of folk music that I love dearly. I really got into that genre. Johnny Hobo, The Mountain Goats, Ramshackle Glory, but also some people like Tyler Childers, Lost Dog Streetband, and the solo works of Kurt Cobain. In my spare time, I am working on a project with a friend of mine named Jack Ireland. The inspiration for that music is more psychedelics. It’s wild and far out, but I know we’re going to bring something out of sight. I remember the first record I ever got was a Howlin Wolf album when I was 11 or 12. He’s got a really freaky sound and I love that. Other artists that inspire me are Zeppelin, King Crimson. Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Chicago, Santana, Janis Joplin, and many more.
Evie: You write all of your own songs, what is your muse? What do you tend to write your music about?
Draken: I write my music about a lot of different things, some are just pieces of dreams and some are metaphors about things in my life. I just throw a lot of things in my head together and make songs that describe individual feelings or perspectives. When I’m writing a song about something sad I will write about what is sad and describe the scenario to put perspective to the feeling.
Evie: When and where can we catch your music?
Draken: You can catch my music when my album is released on spotify on July 7th, but until then I have some stuff posted on Youtube under “SlugBoy” if you want to listen to a couple of old recordings. You can also check out “Draken Asher” on Youtube to watch live shows!