The San Diego-based artist Rain Carnation makes music that draws from the nu metal, ’90s trash metal, early trance music, and big beat that he enjoyed as a youngster. Also, he draws inspiration from M83, Cocteau Twins, Type O Negative, and late post-punk. On September 10th, Rain Carnation released a brand-new song named “Liar” in which he incorporates elements of all these genres into a captivating and intriguing composition. We had him on an interview, and we’re about to offer you more, so sit back and keep reading.
SONGWEB: Tell us about yourself and your primary musical influences.
RAIN CARNATION: I’m a fresh SoCal resident. But the project started back in rainy and dark Pittsburgh. My influences mostly come from heavy genres as well as electronic music. So, the mix that is coming out of it is hard to describe as a particular genre. If you ask me to call artists names then: My bloody valentine, M83, The Contortionist, Devin Townsend, and Brothertiger.
SONGWEB: What are the essential qualities that make a good artist?
RAIN CARNATION: Curiosity and hard work.
SONGWEB: How would you go about energizing a tired audience?
RAIN CARNATION: Changing loudness, changing mood. Talk to them.
SONGWEB: Where do you get your inspiration to make music?
RAIN CARNATION: A lot of it is coming from personally experiencing the world. My first EP was a product of many hours of long walks at the local cemetery, thinking existential thoughts.
SONGWEB: Could you tell us about your current release and its production process?
RAIN CARNATION: Liar is the 4th part of my romantic tetralogy (after that I’m going back into more existential songs). Each song from that tetralogy was using a unique guitar tune (as I work on songs with my midi guitar mostly). I always start with a chord progression. After finishing the arrangement and having an instrumental track, I start working on the lyrics and the melody. That is often a live process, with a piece of paper, a pen, and a microphone.
With this piece, Rain Carnation has a pretty catchy melody, and I just adore it. Layers and the tune’s harmonies make it an exciting track that anyone would want to play repeatedly. The synthesizers he employed in the song have such a nice influence on the ears and provide such a strong resonance. Rain Carnation has developed a unique feel in this masterpiece, and it is beautiful.
Listen to “Liar” by Rain Carnation on Spotify or SoundCloud and let us know your thoughts. Cheers!
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