A Conversation with Acrost

A one-man musical project, Acrost is the result of countless hours in the forests. Simple synths and acoustic guitars combined with lyrics influenced by superstitions and folklore contribute to the ethereal melodies. Acrost talks to us about his new single ‘Brigmore’.

Why did you decide to enter the music industry?

I always loved music since I was a little kid. I had multiple bands and music projects throughout the years, but I would say I’ve never felt part of an “industry”. Especially with this solo project Acrost, I just feel the urge of creating music that is uplifting for me first. If I think about my songs as a product, they would lose all the magic and meaning.

Can you tell us more about ‘Brigmore’?

‘Brigmore’ is the first single I’m officially releasing under the name Acrost, although before this one I recorded loads of other acoustic songs. ‘Brigmore’ was the only one, among others, that felt like a great introduction for this music project. It is the perfect starting point. It paves the way for all the songs that are coming next as it has the right folk and mysterious vibes I wanted to give to my songs.

What was the recording and writing process like?

It was surprisingly easy. One day I had the idea of making a song that could stand in the indie-folk genre. The guitar riff came out instantly. From there I followed my instinct and added some other instruments like a Mini Moog, an electric guitar and a minimal drum kit.

The lyrics were the last piece of the puzzle and they were inspired by my recent outings in the woods. The title ‘Brigmore’ was taken from a video-game called Dishonored as the lyrics also take some references from the game’s ambience.

Does the single have any significant meaning for you?

I think so. It was the first song I recorded in my own studio, so there was a lot of experimentation with mic positioning, using the right synths and the right effects for the vocals and guitars. It was also the first time I wasn’t pressured in doing the best performance in a limited amount of time, which is something that happens when you’re in a professional recording studio and it can be really stressful. This time I had all the time I wanted. I think is really important for a musician to take his own time and put the attention on all the little details that some music producers may not care about.

 

 

What do you hope people take from your music?

Well, I do hope that people could feel the same emotions I felt when I was writing these songs. Basically, they may be seen like quiet songs, but the emotions I try to generate are profound and I hope that people can feel that sense of melancholy I have tried to convey. My music leaves a lot to the imagination; I want the listener to give its own interpretation and pour its own thoughts on it so that he could feel more connected to my music.

What is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?

For the way, I write a little bit of both. If I change the lyrics I slightly change the melody as well. They go to the same pace and influence each other, and for this reason, they deserve the same attention. However, time-wise I might say that I put more effort into the lyrics, although it doesn’t mean they’re more challenging. It’s just that I like to write something and read it again and again ’til I make it.

How do you keep yourself motivated?

There’s not a particular thing. I’d say the perspective of making this project grow bigger and consequently be able to realise all the ideas I have in mind.

How would you describe your sound?

I’d say raw and chill at the same time. I try to do the least amount of takes as possible to maintain the sound authentic and possibly more vivid. I feel like, if I edit everything too much it would lose its peculiarity. I love to use some takes that are imperfect and finally don’t edit them at all. I feel lucky that there’s a broad audience that loves this kind of “lo-fi vibes”. Although this term is not precisely what defines the entire soundscape I try to recreate, but it can give a rough idea.

What do you think is the best way to discover new music?

For me, I’d say through other people. I have some amazing friends that listen to music more than I do, and every time they suggest some incredible artists and songs. Trust me, friends know you better than Spotify’s algorithm and I still believe that word of mouth is extremely important for music.

What does the future hold for you?

The concept behind Acrost is basically to merge nature and music together. On my social media, especially my Instagram page, I’m developing this main theme. Day by day, I’m connecting with so many talented photographers and videographers. In the future, hopefully, this will grow exponentially. I have many plans for this project which I cannot reveal right now, but I’m super excited.

Do you have a message for our readers?

My first single ‘Brigmore’ is out now and you can stream it on Spotify or whatever you want. Feel free to leave me some feedback, and if you like woods and forests make sure to follow me on Instagram. Thank you, guys!

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