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Kodiak Arcade “I’m Fine”

As a project, Graeme CorniesKodiak Arcade is a hi-fi homage to the lo-fi sounds of the past. It’s a set of sonic landscapes, where the humanity of the organic performances are intertwined with sounds that can only be created by modern tech. 

We’ve all seen a lot of tragedy lately. None of us can choose how long we have. We can tell the people that we appreciate that we love them though. We can see the light in others. We can be a light for someone else. 

New single, “I’m Fine,” is a celebration of the people who are willing to stick it out with us when we aren’t at our best; an acknowledgment that sometimes that patient person can be a light in the dark for another going through a hard time. 

Listen to “I’m Fine” below and check out our interview!

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind your single, “I’m Fine”?
Sometimes, when I’m stressed, anxious or exhausted, I feel like I’m a thousand miles away from the people I’m actually sitting with.
I get the sense that a lot of us are just trying to hold it together on the surface for the sake of others during times like these, so we say things like “nah, I’m Fine”, even when we’re just holding on by a thread.
“I’m Fine” also became a bit of a celebration of the people that stick around for us through our darker moments. They are the people who get that the problem might not be fixable, but reassure us that neither person will need to face their problems alone.
How do you think your community has contributed to your success?

No one has been more supportive than my friends and colleagues at Voodoo Highway. They are the peers I’m always learning with. We talk gear, art, we give each other suggestions on projects and we often play on each others’ work. It has been amazing to be creatively involved with people so kind and dedicated for so long. They are always encouraging me to keep going, and it’s usually the fuel in my gas tank.

What was the first thing that got you interested in music?
It was likely my Fischer Price boombox. My aunt made me a tape of “cool music” when I was around five years old, and I played that tape until it didn’t play. My Mom was also a professional harpist when I was growing up. I would go to the studio with her every so often and watch her make albums. By the time I was a teenager I was saving my summer job money for studio time.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
Most of the time I’m just trying to capture a feeling. It can start with anything really – a set of chords, a drum pattern that I’m jamming with, a great synth patch. I usually improvise on some instrument until I find a chord progression or a riff that grabs me. I usually label this the seed idea, because I start layering parts around it and the song grows outward from there. Lyrics are also usually improvised gibberish at first, but eventually, some lyric emerges that feels right, and in keeping with the emotional tone of the song. Once I have my lyrical seed-idea, I expand on that too until the song really knows what it wants to be.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Try not to overvalue the opinions of others. At least, try to really value your own opinion of what you’re making vs trying to predict how it will be received. Don’t worry too much about “finding your sound”. You’ll naturally be a mix of all of the artists you admire.
How did it feel when you released this new music?
I was really excited for this release because it seemed closer the vision of what I hoped this project would become as it developed. The songs we released last December where kicked off a long time ago, so releasing something that was conceived a lot more recently felt exciting.
And finally, if you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
There is a long list of people that I’d love to work with, but today I’m going to say Jonsi. I’ve always been an admirer, through every project, both in my headphones and on the screen.