[Artist THE ΛNIX , let’s start. Ready?]
[We know a little bit about you as the musician.Can you introduce yourself and give some
introduction to our audience in your music career?]
My name is Brandon Smith, from Los Angeles, CA. I’ve been experimenting with music for over
25 years, since around the age of 10. My first instrument was a keyboard and drum machine,
which is where my fascination for electronic music began.
I’ve gotten to travel the world playing music as The Anix and also with other acts such as
Apoptygma Berzerk from Norway and really developed a passion for making electronic music
sound “alive” and more humanized. I learned what bass tones, or kick drums sounded massive
in big concert halls or clubs, and adapt that to my recording techniques in the studio. I record,
write and produce all of my own music which gives me complete control over every detail and
element of my sound.
[Why you prefer to work on your own in the music industry now?]
For me, making music is just one small part of The Anix. I see The Anix as my own brand,
consisting of unique photography, graphic design, merchandise, technology, video and of course
music. Creating music gives me a connection to people around the world and helps for
them to understand my vision and futuristic aesthetic. It sets the stage for things I want to
accomplish with my brand in the future.
[What inspires you most in music?]
Most of my musical inspiration comes from memories of the 80’s and 90’s when I really enjoyed
music as a listener and not so much as an artist. Once you become an artist, your focus shifts
into the creative/critique side so much that you can easily lose the passion for listening to music
simply as an enjoyable hobby. I was always drawn to the more melancholic songs from bands
like The Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, The Deftones, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Failure,
In current time, I am more inspired by technology and the idea of the future. I surround myself
with equipment and everyday items which inspire me and feel like they are from the world I try
to envision. This helps me stay in the right mindset of creating art which feels new and
innovative. Current music I am inspired by is in the techno/deep house or electronic world such
as Moderat, Maceo Plex, Phon.0, Jon Hopkins, Gesaffelstein.