US based producer & pianist Philichordia has just released his album; a soothing 16 track piece titled ‘Drifted‘. After his debut EP ‘Dark Outside‘ in April 2020, we are happy to welcome him back on Beatsupply. We caught up with him in this interview to learn more about the release, and himself as an artist.

First and foremost we want to congratulate you on your new album ‘Drifted’, for anyone who doesn’t know you yet, please introduce yourself in a few words.

Thank you! I’m Thomas, a producer from the United States. I like making weird electronic music that aims to create an atmosphere of tranquility along with it.

‘Drifted’ is a stunning release that feels coherent, harmonic yet dynamic. How do you go about working on bigger projects, do you follow a theme, set a concept or let yourself drift away and see where you end up?

It honestly depends on what the project is, for ‘Drifted’ I started by looking through some old WIPs (work in progress) that I had stored away on my hard drive, and getting a feel for how I wanted to take the rest of the album. One thing that kept this album from drifting (no pun intended) too far off the path was to go back through the projects on a regular basis to see how well all of the tracks worked together.

As I’m always interested in how artists pick their monica, would you like to tell us how Philichordia came to life?

Haha! I remember it was back in 2016 if I remember correctly, I was really into watching synth repair videos and I saw this guy repair a Phillips Philichorda. When I went to release something for the first time I was wracking my brain for a name and I thought of that video, for some reason my brain inserted that extra ‘i’ at the end and that’s how I got the name.

What, or who got you hooked on music?

I think my parents really had a huge impact on what kind of music I liked listening to, especially in regards to hip hop. Though if i were to say who got me hooked on music production, it would have to be C418 and his ‘Life Changing Moments Seem Minor In Pictures’ album.

The entry level for producing music has never been this convenient but the real fun starts when like minded people grow together. Knowing that you are heavily involved in online music communities, I wanted to ask if you have any advice for novice producers that struggle to get in creative circles & groups?

My best advice would be to find some communities that have a smaller group of people in them, I personally find it easier to work with others when there’s only a couple people around, it can get a bit intimidating if you join a community with 100 or more people who are all having different conversations.

You’re a man of many talents, last time we spoke you mentioned that you were thinking of getting into making your own eurorack modules, any upcoming plans or projects you want to share with us that got you excited recently?

Those eurorack modules have been on my mind 24/7 haha! I’ve definitely been having a ton of fun messing around with making techno and drum ‘n’ bass so that’s definitely on my radar to release at some point.

What is the best advice you were given or that you can give to others, and lastly what do you want to be remembered for?

The best advice that I’ve been given is never compare yourself to other artists, what you make is your own unique art and you should take it in the direction that you want. I think this is especially important when it comes to genres like lofi, chillhop, and the likes. I would want to be remembered for being someone who started with miniscule musical talent and slowly, over the years, taught myself through trial and error how to make the music I personally wanted to listen to.

Thank you for taking your time to do this interview.

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Interviewed by Dominic Caudr / IOM.