So for anyone unfamiliar with yourself, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here.
I am a solo artist from Toronto, Canada. I play cello, am a classically trained operatic singer, keyboardist and a beginning drummer. My project is called Subterranea and I write, compose and produce dark symphonic music that exists somewhere between avant-garde opera, dungeon synth and progressive doom. I have been writing music since I was a kid, but Subterranea officially started in the Winter of 2016/spring 2017, with my first show in May 2017 and my first international show in September 2017.
What’s Happening Now: Tell us about what you are currently up to.
Currently I am writing and producing music in isolation, as many musicians are. And as much as it’s a lonely circumstance, it’s special too, in a way. I have a few collaborations going at the moment and my latest release came out on May 27, 2020. It’s an 11 minute track called “Ecochamber” and it’s a collaboration between me (composer, singer, producer, cellist) and Constantin Necrasov (guitars, bass) – also known by acts like Half Past Four (progressive rock). Ecochamber is an avant-garde dark progressive opera piece. I think I was mainly inspired by acts like Alcest and Igorrr when I composed it, but gradually, and with the help of Constantin, it adopted a unique voice of it’s own.
Another collaboration I am very excited about is of a completely different (electronic) flavour and is with an electronic/synth industrial duo The Databats. Currently, we do not have anything to share, but the release is coming up this summer.
What is next for you?
I will continue releasing and composing new music throughout the summer/fall. My touring plans and festival appearances this summer got cancelled, but I will try to make the best out of it going forward. There’s a lot of musical ideas I always wanted to explore and I feel like isolation is probably the best chance I can get to get all those ideas out of my system.
Influences & Inspiration
Since I am a solo musician, I think I can list a few more tracks haha, for every instrument I play or program (joke).
I would say Storm Corrosion by Storm Corrosion. I always was drawn towards hybrid music that is influenced by more than one genre. In case of Storm Corrosion, it’s dark progressive folk and I don’t think I ever heard anything similar before, so it definitely made an impression.
Circe Poisoning the Sea by Alcest – when I heard it, I was instantly struck with the feeling it projects (despite being pretty short). I hear sadness and loneliness in it, but I also hear the feeling of “coming to terms” with something, a kind of melancholic resolve of sorts.
Iron Moon by Chelsea Wolfe. Actually that entire album “Abyss” resonated with me a lot. Interestingly, I am often attracted to sounds I can’t actually make. I don’t play bass or guitar, but I love sludge/drone metal. In the case of Iron Moon in particular, I really like how she combines instruments in that track from timpani to tuba, guitar and drone thunder sounds. I would like to think I am getting similarly creative in how I compose music.
Subterranea On Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/subterraneato – Facebook
https://subterranea-witch.bandcamp.com/ – Bandcamp
https://www.instagram.com/aliasynesthesia/ – Instagram