Tideswell, in his song “Reikai”, draws on the imagery of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. The song could be the sound track of a video game in which we follow the adventures of Chihiro, the main character of the movie Spirit Away.
The design has a playful imprint that favors this interpretation. The melody displays emotions of mystery. In turn, the percussion adds a cadence of adventure and discovery. Tideswell’s composition tangles and unravels with the same fluidity as Miyazaki’s animation.
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Julian. I am a 32-old and living in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager I discovered I love making music, especially playing guitar and drums helped me cope with problems and challenges of day-to-day life. Back then I already had the wish to make my own music. These days it’s easier than ever, so I spent a lot of time, especially during the pandemic, on learning to create and mix music in the comfort of my own living room.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN 3 WORDS
Analog meets Digital!
MAJOR MUSIC INFLUENCES?
I’m a big fan of Progressive music and Math Rock – my favorite music tends to be technical but still has catchy melodies and combines different genres – but I love everything from Jazz to Funk to Metal to electronic Music.
HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC?
Listening to my music lets my imagination flow. It also raises my mood. I feel it is quite a visual style of music, and I can easily picture anything from landscapes to different colors.
WHAT IS THIS SONG ABOUT?
Reikai was originally inspired by the famous anime movie ‘Spirited Away’ and resembles the journey of the main character. It is supposed to have an adventurous or mysterious feel and, just like the movie, has parts that are more intense (the metal-influenced drop) or more intricate (the following piano section) for adding contrast.