Space Cowboy Newt – The Mild West [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Dreamy, shimmery, and space-y.

Your work The Mild West has a lovely bedroom sound. What is the story behind it?

This EP is the merging of botanicals, outer space, and dream states in a faraway universe known as The Mild West. Here, cowboys of all genders flock to the saloons to drink herbal tea and play with tiny synthesizers. These songs represent my experiences in this universe so far: melancholy experiences set to gentle synthesizer and harp soundtracks.

Which song of the EP (if any) represents you the most?

“Looking Down At The Earth” merges together several genre influences and unique forms of instrumentation. This mashup of weird little synths and angelic harp is a pretty accurate representation of my personality. I could be embracing peace, but I cover it up with chaos!

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

This cowboy is a cowboy only viewed through the comfort of a screen and headphones. You won’t find me onstage, you’ll find me hiding in your herb garden and writing a love song to the worms.

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

Spotify certainly defines an artist’s success, whether the rest of us creators like it or not. Getting on staff-curated playlists has become the ultimate bit of success. Those on these elite playlists become part of a feedback loop where only those who have been on playlists get on more playlists… et cetera. It’s very hard to break through!

When not writing music, how do you spend your time?

I’m an audio engineer! I’m constantly working on recording and mixing other people’s music, as well as producing their work and recording instruments on their tracks.

One last thing we should know about you?

I love hearing from anyone who listens to my music! If you’re reading this, show me your art, show me your pet, send me a meme!

Thank you!

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