An Exclusive Interview With Spectre

Spectre is an electronica multi-instrumentalist out of Rochester, NY. His music has been compared to that of James Blake and Chet Faker. Spectre uses delay driven guitars, analog synths, and airy vocals to create a sense of space and depth of sound. He has just released his debut single “Sonder,” on Spotify.

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what is your favorite part about the process?

Ans: Most of my music tries to tell the story, through words and emotion, of a personal life experience. My favorite part about the process is sharing my music with others who can relate to the emotions and experiences that I try to capture in a track.

Q: Which instruments do you play?

Ans: I used to play violin, but I really don’t think you’d want to hear that. These days I’m mostly playing piano and guitar.

Q: For our readers that have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: guitars and synths in space


Q: Who are your favorite musicians?

Ans: Chet Faker, James Blake and Jack Garratt are my top picks here.

Q: How often and for how long do you practice?

Ans: It really depends. Some days I’ll get into a state of flow and 8 hours of practice will go by in the blink of an eye. Other days I have to force myself to be creative.

Q: What advice would you give beginners who are nervous?

Ans: In a word, Start! If your dream is to get really good at something, music or not, you need to put in the time and effort.

Q: When and why did you start playing?

Ans: I started playing music as a violinist when I was around 7 years old, if you can really count that as playing.

Q: What’s your motto?

Ans: Find your muse

Q: What’s your favorite song to belt out at the bar/ in the car?

Ans: This would definitely have to be Chet Faker’s rendition of No Diggity.

Q: Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?

Ans: Right now, I am in the process of finishing up the rest of my debut EP “Blue.” However, I plan to play a few shows in Rochester, NY in the meantime.