Take 5 : Inwards

Take 5 : Inwards

Kristian Shelley aka electronic musician Inwards has just released his second album ‘Bright Serpent’, An introspective collection of psychedelic modular synth led experimentations, through Brighton label Small Pond. Find out more about his inner sound world with our Take 5.

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?

It was summer 2003, last day of middle school. Our band had been rehearsing for months, I was on lead guitar. This was my chance to prove myself in front of the whole school. My hands were shaking, I wasn’t sure if I could nail the solo anymore. We took to the stage in Pershore abbey and played Paranoid by Black Sabbath. The crowd went off, the vicar looked shocked. We are all definitely going straight to hell. We nailed it.I am inspired by many things. Early on, the idea of growing up and getting a job seemed bleak so I wanted to figure out a way to somehow do music, everyone told me that it was not a good option and I should be a doctor, engineer etc. I knew there were only two options for me in life, music or skateboarding, everything else seemed meaningless. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do it at this stage, I just knew that this was all that seemed worth doing.I was inspired by meeting Richard d. James at Bangface festival in Cornwall 2012. I went to the festival alone and had nowhere to stay. I lucked out and ended up staying in Luke Vibert’s caravan. I remember chilling with these guys and I realised that we had a lot in common and the only thing stopping me from doing what I loved was my own self doubts and other people’s opinions. So when I got home I made it my mission to make electronic music and somehow make a career out of it.

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?

Dream to have been involved in Terry Riley’s and Don Cherry’s ‘Descending Moonshine Dervishes’ in some way, that’s a powerful jam. Would be cool to make some beats for someone rad like Kool Keith or MF Doom. Andrew Weatherall for a machine jam… Dreaming! I miss playing in a band!

Tell us about your new album ‘Bright Serpent’ and its concept.

It’s a collection of tracks made over the last few years. It’s an attempt to capture experiences and feelings that are difficult to put into words and turn them into some form of communication. The title ‘Bright Serpent’ comes from ‘Belinda’, my mum’s name. It’s loosely based around shedding skin, taking on new forms, healing. There is no real hard concept to the record, it’s designed to communicate feelings that are impossible to put into language. I wanted the artwork to reflect this and Jack Harwicke did an excellent job of creating an Inwards language.

Tell us five things you love about living in Worcestershire.
  • The river Avon is good for a dip if you don’t mind eels
  • You can walk for miles into the country and not see a single person
  • Bredon Hill is a cool place to chill
  • There is no music scene
  • Tractors
What are you most looking forward to this year?

Looking forward to finishing another record. All this time at home has been great but looking forward to getting back out into the world and playing some shows. I miss freedom, it would be nice to get this back soon.

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