The King of Spook Pop, Glass Battles, is on the road of nonstop success. The young LA-based recording artist is a dear friend of mine and one of the few I genuinely admire. Glass Battles has a handle on almost everything for his career. Not only does he create his music with superb lyrics, but Glass Battles is also the creative director of his branding. He takes his innovative songwriting to an art form by creating assets that are a prime visual representation of what is on his mind.
In 2019, Glass Battles unleashed his first-ever single with an official music video titled “Septilizine” via V Magazine and Billboard. Soon after, he released his debut album, Glitchcraft Vol. 1, a musical and visual journey of an old-school video game.
With an incredible run in 2019 and the promise by Glass Battles for another enticing year, there was no reason as to why I shouldn’t have a sit down with the mastermind. In my Spill the Tea Interview featuring Glass Battles, we learn about his background and get a grasp of who he is outside of his artistry.
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Describe the moment you went after your artistry, despite the ideology of how difficult it is to make it today in the industry.
It started as a spur of the moment, “I will start a band today,” which my friends all laughed at though, my stubborn nature made sure I went through with it, and I found a real passion in creating music.
What’s your all-time favorite track that you’ve produced, singed, or collaborated on, and why?
That is a tough question; how does one pick their favorite child? I would have to say “Septilizine” because it marked a significant turn in my career in terms of reception and sonic imprint. To me, that felt like the real moment where the wheels started turning for me as an artist.
What do you enjoy most about being in the music industry, and what do you hate most?
I honestly love the entire exposition of an artist’s story — I love the visuals, the aesthetic changes, the new hints at personality traits, the performances, everything. I think when the industry gets it right, there is nothing as exciting as an artist or music that really hits the spot.
What I hate the most is the lack of access to beneficial meetings for talented independent artists. It sometimes feels as if you’re treading water until you meet the right person.
What sets you apart from all the other people in the music industry that do the same work as you?
I am self-produced, self-written, self-engineered, and I create all of my visuals and subsequent content myself. It was born out of necessity, and honestly, I don’t know that many artists that juggle as many pieces as I do. I’m not obsessed with following trends as I am with following something that feels authentic to me and my tastes.
What is your creative process like when you’re making something new like a song?
Sometimes a melody will pop into my brain at the weirdest moment; a lot of it is right as I’m falling asleep. I’ll roll over and record a voice memo in the bathroom on my phone, so I don’t wake anybody up, and the next day I’ll put together an instrumental skeleton and then record a vocal demo over that. That goes through a bunch of changes, and eventually, I bring it to the studio and re-record the vocals properly, bring everything back home and mix the beast.
Who are your favorite artists today?
I’m all over the place, but my favorites of all time are Garbage, Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Dragonette, Janet Jackson, Robyn, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, and the White Sea. Current favorites are Dua Lipa, Gia Woods, Kaleena Zanders, Allie X, and Lonna Lee.
If you could start a new movement, what would it be?
What makes you think I’m not already? I’d want my movement to be a real community of artists that exist together with entirely different, unique, authentic soundscapes to each of them. One where not everyone has to sound the same to feel valid, and where we can all appreciate the differences in each other’s art.
If you could be a pizza topping, what would it be?
I eat too much pizza to answer this question. That would be self-cannibalism.
What’s a hidden talent you have?
I want to think most of my talents are out in the open. However, I can nap at any point of the day; and, that’s an art form itself.
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve experienced in your life?
Being as awkward I am there is quite the list of embarrassing moments, but one that will always stick with me was on the first day of high school.
It was the first lunch there in the new school, and I saw my cousin sitting with a bunch of popular kids and didn’t know anyone else really, so I walked over to sit with them. I am being serious when I say what happened next happened and was a high school movie moment. I got to the long table, tripped, and my tray slid down the table, knocking a few people’s foods into their laps.
Jason Jozefiak, a popular kid (will never forget his name), turned to me and said: “You are SUCH a f*cking idiot.” I was mortified and so embarrassed that I still sat down with them in silence. My cousin did not defend me, and it painted the vibe for the first couple of years of school for me.
What scares you the most?
I wouldn’t say I like to put that energy out there, so I will say nothing scares me. That is untrue, but I’m not eager to feed into my fears.
If you changed your name, what would it be and why?
I would probably change it Glass Battles legally; it would undoubtedly make my social interactions more lucrative.
Who is your celebrity crush?
This is so embarrassing, but Timothee Chalamet I had a dream we were in France together having a romantic vacation and ever since I’ve been smitten. Call me, Timothee.
Listen to Lullaby by Glass Battles: