Music offered me a vehicle for my emotions. I was not skilled enough to articulate with words what I was feeling, but in the passion of the performance I was able to release and transmute a lot of the pain I had been harbouring.
At first I approached the guitar with a very rudimentary mindset. It was an open-ended discovery. Starting from nothing I found an ability to communicate with the instrument. I discovered a new possibility in music.
I started to write songs when I was 16, here I’m writing at 32. I have been writing songs for half my life.
I have archived my music in my own private catalogues, but they are also scattered across YouTube, band camp, soundcloud, spotify and other social databases.
My 2020 offering is the self-titled salij. It was the first self produced album that I was truly proud of.
After making a lot of music that felt like somebody else’s, I deeply celebrated this release as ‘me’. It is a collection of five songs that are mostly me playing acoustic guitar. They are honest representations of who I am as an artist, guitar player and producer. They are not the over-produced, perfect time that the radio has grown to demand, rather they are humble home recordings. They are where my curiosity had lead me.
I followed salij up with something completely different. After having done the acoustic album previously I leaned next into something entirely sample based. The entire times infinity EP is built from samples I downloaded from the internet. The album for me was more an experiment in composition and sound design/curation.
I’ve long loved jazz hop and chill hop going back to the days I first discovered Emancipator and Nujabes and here I was really glad to make something inspired by those styles.
I am currently working on a follow up album, much more of the same sample based approach called continuum.