The artist talks his growth over the years, finding his sound and how he’s ready to embark on his solo headline tour this autumn.
When it comes to new music, we’re constantly on the lookout for talent, and currently grabbing our attention is Mindchatter. Having made his debut back in 2019, the artist has been making waves in the scene for his earworming productions and heartfelt lyricism. From his immersive debut album Imaginary Audience to his newest single “It’s Okay (It’s Not Okay)”, the artist has pushed the boundaries of indie-pop and delivered a plethora of dreamy releases that deserve to be on everyone’s playlist.
“My newest single is simple with few lyrics,” the artist discusses. “’It’s OK, it’s just a day, it’s not your whole life.’ Usually what follows after something “bad” happens is my mind races to seek out the good, and then it falls into uncertainty and then finds the good, etc. This song takes you through that coping process that I think everyone goes through.”
Already touring with the likes of Polo & Pan and gaining praise from BBC Radio 1, the rising artist has been steadily making his way through the scene, garnering some serious buzz along the way. Ready to embark on his first headline tour this autumn, we caught up with the newcomer talking his growth over the years, finding his sound and what we can expect next.
Check out the interview below…
Hi Mindchatter, how are you? Where are we speaking to you from?
I’m in LA at the moment, I’m on tour with Polo and Pan so I’ll be in San Francisco tomorrow. Happy to be on the west coast and out of snowy New York!
First of all, can you speak us through the meaning behind your name?
I’ve always been obsessed with how everybody is constantly talking to themselves internally. Our thoughts separate us into our own secret, solitary lives and the quality of our inner speech really determines our happiness. The point of music is to make people feel less lonely and the way to do that for me is to share a little bit of that secret mind-chatter through melody, rhythm, sound design, metaphor, etc.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I like to meditate and listen to Alan Watts and Eckhart Tolle, along with many others. I’ve also been free-writing incessantly for years, which is when you just move the pen steadily without thinking. You learn a lot about your own mind through free writing. Eventually all these teachings just crept into my music.
And now, you’re dropping your track “It’s Okay (It’s Not Okay). What is the meaning behind the track?
The song is simple with few lyrics. “It’s OK, it’s just a day, it’s not your whole life.” Usually what follows after something “bad” happens is my mind races to seek out the good, and then it falls into uncertainty, and then finds the good, etc. This song takes you through that coping process that I think everyone goes through
How do you want people to feel when they hear your latest song?
I want them to get out of their seat and start violently dancing. It’s a simple song meant to make people move, not think.
Your music is known to be genre-defying. How would you personally describe your sound?
A combination of electronic and organic elements. I like to vary my rhythm and tempo from song to song, so one day I make a downtempo track and a techno track another day, but the sound design somehow remains cohesive.
You will also be touring with Polo & Pan! What are you most excited about when it comes to the shows and live performances?
I’ve played 3 shows with them so far and they’ve been great. Our music is super compatible and I’m lucky to get in front of the crowds they draw because their audience is the most engaged I’ve ever seen.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I’m a big Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem fan, so Thom Yorke and James Murphy would probably be at the top. Those bands have been a big influence on my own sound.
What is next for you? What do you have planned in 2022?
I’m putting out a big batch of music and have a bunch of shows lined up. Announcements coming soon!