Episode 019 : Cronus
Friday, May 21st, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Cronus?
Cronus: The name Cronus comes from mythology. Otherwise known as Kronos, he ruled the cosmos and was known as a very powerful titan. Some of the story is definitely pretty metal, but I took the name because of how powerful it sounds. I really liked that.
C: How has your hometown influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
CS: My hometown is actually a concoction of different places. I lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee growing up. I think that living in all of those places and having all of those different types of people in my life has created a very diverse outlook on life and music. My music is all over the place and can’t be classified as one genre. Art imitates life I guess.
C: What initially inspired you to produce original music?
CS: I was actually against it in the beginning. I just wanted to DJ as a hobby or at house parties. My buddy, who usually has a role in most decisions I make, pointed out that there was a talent there and that I needed to just try it out. I downloaded the intro version of Ableton and just started messing around with it. Eventually I was sitting in my room on it for like 12 hours a day. There was no better feeling than just creating something new and organic. None of it was good, but that didn’t matter to me at the time.
C: You had your first “Cronus and Friends” event back in April? How did this event come together, and what were you able to take away from the experience?
CS: Cronus and Friends was a type of event that has actually become the norm in Virginia Beach. Since Covid made getting booked for show so difficult for up and coming artists, a few local artists created these giant shows with as many newcomers as possible. The lineups would be like 8 people just jammed into 30 minute slots. We did the first “SHYTHEWOOK and friends” at the end of last year and it was a huge hit. It was really neat how all the artists around here would get a gig and then just call it “so and so” and friends and then put all of their buddies onto the bill. Nobody was doing it for money or anything like that. It was purely to get together and play some music. We just wanted to get people (safely) together and allow them to forget about how awful 2020 was.
C: What is your preferred DAW and why? What are your favorite tools to use for sound design?
CS: I use ableton and always have. I was told at some point that ableton is more Mac friendly so that’s why I chose it. I can’t speak to the other DAWS out there, but it’s all just what you prefer and which one you can operate with ease. Serum is great for visual learners. I love that I can see all of the moving parts, instead of just moving knobs. Also, it comes with a lot of great presets already, but you can find some third party packs that are bananas.
C: If you could go b2b with any artist, who would it be and why?
CS: This is one of those questions that has no answer. That’s like asking what song I would listen to for the rest of my life. If I had to choose I would say Diplo. I was going to say Zeds Dead, but Diplo just so that I can pick his brain. That man has an incredible story. He has his foot in everything. He has had so many hits that weren’t even his own songs. His come up has to be an insane story to listen to. The music would be fun, but if we could then just go hangout that would be even better.
C: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
CS: I would tell them that if they don’t like one song or something I’m playing in a set then stick around because something new will be right behind it. I don’t like to hangout in one genre too long. That probably stems from how I described my childhood in the second question. I like to keep you on your toes.
C: You are a very unique artist. What advice would you give to up and coming artists who don’t want to hop on trends and want to create their own lane like you have?
CS: Do it. That’s what art is. That’s what keeps the world moving and progressing. If you follow trends then you have to wait for someone else to start them. Make something new, create new lanes, and don’t follow trends just because your friends are. With that being said, have an appreciation for them. Learn from those trends and let them guide what you do. Keep an open mind. You’ll be surprised what you can come up with when you do that.
C: What is one venue or festival in the world that you would love to perform at?
CS: I would love to play at Red Rocks. I have always thought that place was interesting. It is so pretty and so many huge names have played there. It would be neat to say that I was one of those artists.
C: What are your goals as an artist for the rest of the year?
CS: I have a few shows and festivals booked right now. I’m super excited to play Big Dub in Pennsylvania. There are a lot of great local artists playing there with me. My goals beyond just playing well at my shows are pretty simple. I just want to keep momentum and keep gaining a fan base. Things are going well so far this year, so I have a lot of hope once we’re all back to normal and venues are opened back up.