Session Cellist, Songwriter

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Spreading song and story for the eager and grim.

17 years performance experience - Cello
B.A. Music Theory and Composition - CSU East Bay, Hayward Campus, Class of 2014
M.A. Music Theory and Composition - CSU East Bay, Hayward Campus, Class of 2016

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Interview with Gremnîr

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: My second album, which will be released later in 2021. It's a blend of original fantasy ballads and musical rituals intended for the listeners to better connect with themselves and their "dark side."

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I deliver on what I'm hired to do, and exceed satisfaction for both parties.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Collaboration toward a common goal. Community building with reliable people.

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: Is this a paying gig? If yes... What feelings are you striving to express in this project? What is the context/story behind it? How much expressive room are you giving to pursue the sound you want?

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: The gear won't be useful unless I have means of producing electricity. If there is none, I'd be content with my cello and voice alone.

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I've been a professional musician since high school, which started in 2006.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Goth/alternative

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: Eivør Pálsdottir and Heilung. Eivør has a gorgeous voice and versatile background in jazz, opera, and the alternative singer-songwriter scene. Excellent use of instrumentation in her work as well. Heilung is wild and fierce in their avant-garde delivery of ancient concepts and sounds while using them in new ways, blending shamanism and rituals in a musical setting.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Follow a deadline to the letter.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Dark/alternative folk

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Professionalism. Cello performance and music-theory-based songwriting. Committing to a project. Exploring fullest potential of a song's/piece's vision.

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: Attention-grabbing contrast in orchestration texture and form, ancient sounds used in new ways.

  25. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  26. A: Cello - Rushad Eggleston, Giovanni Sollima and Yo-Yo Ma Songs and pagan folk sounds - Einar Selvik, Eivør Pálsdottir, FAUN, The HU and Heilung.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: Dark cello instrumentals, sometimes with singing too. Throat/undertone singing as well, specifically khoomii.


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