City: Mexico City
What was one of the first albums you remember listening to that you really connected with?
Version 2.0 by Garbage. There’s something really melancholic on that album, and it has all these beautiful melodies and hooks. I consider it to be a perfect mix of electronics and rock/pop music.
At the time of hearing this album did you imagine that you would one day create your own music?
I guess. I think I had wanted to create or perform for a couple or years before that. I found the idea of being in a band really appealing but I spent most of my childhood drawing. I didn’t actually start playing until a couple of years later.
Did your family encourage a love of art and music?
I wouldn’t say encourage, support is a better word. They encouraged it as a hobby not as a profession, but they’ve been supportive since I dropped out of college to record and tour.
What is your personal favorite part of making music? Writing, Recording, Playing Live?
Writing definitely. Creating is the best part. I’m not as much into technical recording and producing as into coming up with beats and synth lines or lyrics. Playing live is a close second.
What pushes you to write music when you are feeling lazy or uninspired?
Nothing can. I have to get out of it naturally. I’ve spent long periods of time—months—not making music at all. But it’s still in the back of my head; it’s all piling up and eventually I have very productive weeks or months.
How many albums do you have out now?
Zero. Most people think Ghetto Ass Witch is an album but it’s an EP. I only have EPs out, though I’m working on an album. I want it to come out next year, even though I recently lost all progress on it due to a hard drive failure. So, I’ll be starting up again when the tour I’m on is over. It’s gonna be darker and more industrial-sounding.
What do you love about music?
How it affects mood. There’s music that fits every feeling ever and it’s different for each person. That’s pretty rad.
What inspires you on a daily basis?
Music, people, books, even money; everything can be inspiring. I don’t really have one constant source of inspiration.
Have you been reading anything interesting lately that has been inspiring you?
I just read Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson, which for some reason I never read growing up and I was/am a huge Antichrist Superstar-era Manson fan. It made me realize that I’m lacking a bit in the theatrical so I’m probably gonna work on that.
Have you ever seen or experienced a ghost? If so, can you tell us about it?
Can’t say that I have but I have seen UFOs twice. Both times they looked the same and it was the same kind of experience: a red light flying fast then stopping suddenly followed by a bright white flash that seemed to be blinking, and then it was gone. On both occasions I didn’t realize about the flash until the next day when I was still thinking about it.
I do like reading theories about ancient civilizations and their relationships with aliens. That is an inspiration for sure.
Where is the strangest place from which you have drawn inspiration?
What would you like to see happen in the future, for yourself, and for the rest of the world?
For the world, full disclosure, contact, a new paradigm for mankind. Though I’m starting to doubt it’ll happen in my lifetime. And, for me, I just want to keep making music and touring for a long time.
Interview of Ritualz by Emma Kathan for Psychic Gloss Magazine.