Voidbreaker (Geek of the Week)

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    Geek of the Week is back and we're ready to showcase some awesome passionate geeks. Our first Geek of the Week is Voidbreaker the amazing synthwave artist with a huge geek side. Come check out his interview with the UGeek Club and support this amazing Uneek Geek.

     

     

    UGeek Club: Where do you do most of your work?
     
    Voidbreaker: I do 99% of my work at home. When I'm not at home it can be hard to get into a useful creative headspace. I often times get distracted by the people and things around me. When I'm at home I can at least control my environment. I try to provide myself with a creative space to accomplish things like music, art, and creative writing.
     
     
    UGeek Club: Are you inspired by life, images, or imagination?
     
    Voidbreaker: Out of the 3 options, I would say imagination. I'm a very imaginative person. People always tell me to get my head out of the clouds, but I can't help it. Honestly, I'm inspired by almost everything. I believe you should never draw inspiration solely from one thing. The more things that inspire you, the easier time you will have as an artist.
     
     
     
     
    UGeek Club: What drives you most in life?
     
    Voidbreaker: I'm driven by helping reveal/inspire others hidden talents, qualities, or ideas that they might not have realized before. One of the things that makes me happiest in life is seeing other peoples form of self-expression. It feels so good to help someone discover that part of themselves. I had a fan write me once, saying VoidBreaker is the reason why he got the courage to start his own Synthwave project. I guess he saw one of my sets and decided he could do it too, that is what I live for, and intern it inspires me to become better and work even harder. 
     
     
     
    UGeek Club: Where do you want to take your work? Is it more hobby or do you want to make a career out of it?
     
    Voidbreaker: I want to take my music as far as the community will let me take it. If that means I can make a living a touring artist than fine with me. If I never break out of the local bar scene, that's okay with me too. I love music so much, it's perhaps the only hobby where I could see myself doing it all the time, and still have its appeal at the end of the day. I used to do commissioned art pieces for people, I thought that was what I wanted to do. After doing that for one whole year I hated drawing, hated all art in fact. Art was one of my most sacred escapes from reality, but the choice to turn it into a career poisoned it for me. It took me 5 years before I picked up the pen again. Music is different, it will never get old! 
     
     
     
     
    UGeek Club: As a musician, what role do you see music playing in society?
     
    Voidbreaker: Music is so bonding. I think back to all the times I've gotten excited from seeing a complete stranger wearing a relatively unknown band or a tour shirt from a concert I was at. You can strike up a conversation so easily. And there's something about being in a room full of people who love the same thing as you, I've made some incredible friends from music. Music also helps people get out of their comfort zone. I'm really into dancing, shuffling in particular, and I do all I can to encourage people to dance during my set. It can be a lot for a person to get the courage to dance, but when they do it's a beautiful thing. 
     
     
    UGeek Club: What techniques are your favorite?
     
    Voidbreaker: I don't really have a special technique. The best answer I can give you is a creative technique. Whatever your form of self-expression is, it's best when it's authentic. Meaning, you aren't focused on sounding like another artist or trying to impress other musicians with technicalities or flashy gear. You write only for yourself. The audience will appreciate it more, and you will have an easier time creating content for your project. There is a saying I always throw out "Just Bob Ross it". If you've ever watch Bob Ross, he has no idea what he's going to do, he plans nothing outside the general idea of his painting. He doesn't preplan where he's going to place a bush or a flock of birds, he just does it, and more importantly, he doesn't hesitate or have second thoughts once he places his brush on the canvas. I approach my music with the same philosophy. I don't plan anything, I just let my feelings do the work for me. The song practically writes itself. 
     
     
     
     
    UGeek Club: How do you want your music to impact society?
     
    Voidbreaker: I just want to inspire others. Encourage people to come out of their little turtle shell and do something great. I've seen some truly talented people hide their beautiful gifts from the world. You wouldn't believe how many talented musicians or artists I've met but choose to hide in the shadows. Sometimes people are their own worst critic, other times people are afraid of negative feedback or lack the confidence to go out on stage. Whatever the reason, I hope people can be inspired by not only my music but how I got here.
     Believe it or not, I used to be a relatively shy person. Until I played my first show senior year of high school. All walls broke down that day, I would not be VoidBreaker if it wasn't for going out of my comfort zone.
     
     
    UGeek Club: What environmental things inspire you?
     
    Voidbreaker: I'm super big on mood lighting. I turn on all my colored lights and get some scents going on. You should see it, my room looks like a strip club straight out of Vice City, but its extremely helpful when it comes to writing. If I want to write a more aggressive/higher BPM song, I make my room red and throw in an energetic scent, like cinnamon in my defuser, or if I want a more mellow song I make my room blue or purple and put a more calming scent. People might think that's an odd or excessive practice, but colors and scents can raise and lower your heart rate and blood pressure. I  got my degree in color theory, and one of the things we learned was how color can subconsciously affect people. If you are having writer's block, I encourage everyone to try this. 
     
     
     
     
    UGeek Club: What is your style of choice?
     
    Voidbreaker: I don't really have a style, but there are always two moods I seem to go back and forth between, both in my own music and when I listen to others. I love really heavy dark dance music, but not cheesy dancy. Something like "Gesaffelstein" or "Street Fever". I love seeing aggression translated into music, lots of nasty sounds, dark vibes, and fat bass. I also love really introspective and moody sounds. I admire Makeup and Vanity Set's album "Wilderness" or the artist"Lucy in Disguise". Their albums you cant just pick a song and listen to. The album tells a story, they take you on an emotional journey that's only fully understood when you listen to the whole album in one sitting. 
     
     
    UGeek Club: How do UGeek?
     
    Voidbreaker: Well, I'm a huge nerd. I enjoy hosting board game parties and painting miniatures. Perhaps my darkest secret is that I love LARPing. My friends and I were in college and we would beat the crap out of each other with wooden swords from the renaissance fair. One day my friend almost broke his hand, so we decided to make a bunch of foam weapons. We took them to work and fought each other during our breaks. Pretty soon it turned into Fight Club. When work was over, everyone would park their cars in a circle and turn on the headlights, it was our arena. It was so surprising how many people started going, we even had one guy decorate his motorcycle to look like a unicorn and jousted us during a great battle. I love escaping the world for a bit. 
     
     
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    Re-posted from 11/10/17