Born of Lilith [myrrdin]
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I had a group years ago, we were Council of Balance then in Spokane, WA. Today I'm the soul player in Born of Lilith just trying to get the next project finished. I have plans to put a band together so I can start playing live again, I've just been concentrating a lot on the record.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Yes. www.bornoflilith.com The music that is up on the website are older versions of the song not yet fully mastered. That should change in the next couple of days.
Please list discography in which you have participated.
I've released 2 records under the banner of Born of Lilith, as I mentioned before I'm working on the third currently. The first record 'A Wytch's Tale' is sort of a conglomeration of work previously done with Council of Balance and some material I put together after the band split up and I changed the name of the 'artist' to Born of Lilith.
The second record 'Cult of Christianity' was a very therapeutic record for me as an artist and taught me a lot about the recording process. I think you'll find when the third record is released there will be a giant chasm of quality difference between the first two and it.
All of these are or will be available through various online stores including Amazon MP3 and iTunes globally.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I began writing lyrics at 5 to various tunes I liked on the radio. At 9 I began my first guitar lessons, and by 16 was writing my own material (though not very good at it lol). I stopped doing music for a long time between about 21 and 28. When I got back together with my old bassist, we formed Council of Balance, and the rest is history.
What was your musical education?
My first stint in college was as a music major. I did 2 yrs of music theory, piano lessons, and vocal lessons, that was enough for me to decide the 'classy' side of music was not for me.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
When I was a teenager and couldn't ever see me life without it.
What is your creative process?
I usually start with a concept, or an emotion I need to express or get out. The music just falls into place from there.
Sometimes I will just be practicing on the guitar and suddenly play something I really like, then try to put a song together with it.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Absolutely at night lol. I'm a little scary in the morning...
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
When I can listen to it 20 times and it's just as enjoyable to me the 20th time as it is the 1st.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
I was like 13 and laying on the couch in the living room with a boombox (yea, I went there) listening to the radio. This song started playing and it hooked me so much I just couldn't get the sound of it out of my head. Guns N' Roses was all I listened to seriously for the next 9 years or so. They had a huge influence on me as an artist and creatively. Hell, I learned to play lead guitar by bustin' my ass trying to play 'Sweet Child of Mine'.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Promotion.. ugh. Since I'm a completely independent artist with no label and no financial backing, I admit sometimes I wonder what the hell I'm thinking until someone adds me on twitter, or Facebook or Soundcloud and says "I love this." that's cool shit.
List three songs that are key to your life.
I would have to say 'Blurred Vision', 'Shores of Avalon' and one of the new ones coming soon on the new project 'Eyes of an Angel'.
What should be done to stop piracy?
You know, I think this whole 'piracy' thing has gotten waaaay out of hand. Do the dumb asses in the record companies not realize we were doing the same shit in the 80's with blank cassettes? Seriously... However I won't deny that with the advent of the internet it got exponentially worse. I think things are going in the right direction though, with torrent sites being shut down. I just think there's been way too much whining and hype about it.
What type of music do you detest?
I don't think there is a form of music I 'detest'. There are some I can only handle in doses though, like traditional Mexican music... once in a while I'll here something I like, but it's not often.
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I don't. For a long time I thought that was the way to go, the problem is if I chased that pot o' gold at the end of the label rainbow, I'd inevitably sacrifice the freedom to write whatever the fuck I want without some executive douche bag telling me "it's not marketable". I write music for myself, if others like it cool, I'm not selling out for shit.
What other things have you done to make a living?
I'm currently working for a major online retail store in their digital services department as a Lead. Gotta pay the bills :) Though someday I would like to live off my music, I am enough of a realist to know it may never happen, but I'll never stop making the music :)
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Any of the members of any lineup of Guns N' Roses, Slash and Axl particularly. Motley Crue, Nightwish, Bruno Mars, Blackstone Cherry, Black Crows or Weird Al haha.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Forget the bullshit that's out there about what it means to 'be a musician'. You need to decide what kind of musician you want to be first. Do you want to sell to the crowd? If so there's nothing wrong with that, but you will have a much different approach to everything from the writing process to the carrot you chase. Do you just want to make good music that is an expression and extension of you? Cool, but forget the golden carrot of the record labels, it may still happen, but it's one in a million that get to have their cake and eat it too.
Born of Lilith
Hermiston, OR United States