Episode 032 : Meditaa
Friday, November 5th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Meditaa?
Meditaa: The name Meditaa comes from the word meditate, and with my music I want to put the listener into their own meditative space.
C: How has your hometown influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
M: My hometown has a big influence for my outlook on music. The dubstep and electronic music scene in Richmond, VA and in VA Beach is always thriving. Living so close to the top venues in the state and Washington D.C. gave me the opportunity to experience and play shows while meeting a ton of local producers and DJ’s that have motivated me to where I am today.
C: What initially inspired you to produce original music?
M: For my Meditaa alias, what initially inspired me was wanting to create my own deep, tribal sound. My major influences are Pathwey, Murkury, Atyya, Ternion Sound and Truth. These artists have definitely inspired me when it comes to producing my own original music.
C: What is your preferred DAW and why? What are your favorite tools to use for sound design?
M: My preferred DAW is Ableton. Hands down one of the best DAW’s in my opinion. My favorite tools for sound design are Serum and Ableton’s Operator. I’ve been using Operator a ton lately and the sound design I have been creating from it has made a huge difference in my tracks.
C: If you could go b2b with any artist, who would it be and why?
M: If I could go b2b with any artist, it would be Truth. Their music and energy they bring would be an amazing experience.
C: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
M: Deep, cinematic, tribal, hypnotic bass music that takes you to another time period.
C: You also release music as Akrux. How did these two personas both come about, and how are they different from one another?
M: I grew up listening to rap, and when I created Akrux I started releasing riddim and heavy dubstep with rap influences. Akrux is my heavier, darker riddim persona. The other side of me is spiritual, deeply rooted in ancient sounds and frequencies to heal the mind and body and I wanted to create music that shows that other creative side of myself. These two types of music are completely different from each other, and I wanted them to have their own creative space and release music under different personas.
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?
M: The most important advice I would give to up and coming artists is to create what you want. Don’t follow trends, create your own. And to not worry if people don’t like it or if it isn’t popular, because it’s not about how many listeners, plays or followers you have, it’s about being authentic in your true self and sharing the music that you want to create.
C: What is one venue or festival in the world that you would love to perform at?
M: I would love to perform at Red Rocks in Colorado. That is a goal of mine that I’m going to reach one day.
C: As 2021 draws to a close, what are your early goals for 2022?
M: My early goals for 2022 is to release more music, build a stronger connection to my fan base, collaborate with some of my favorite artists, and play more shows across the U.S.