Downer Syndrome is a grunge/metal artist who has had a love for music in his DNA since childhood. Ever since he was seven years old he was begging for a guitar. Downer Syndrome also went through a discovery of finding his love for songwriting. He enjoys fusing lyricism filled with riddles and combining it with riveting new styles of music. He’s played with a variety of different band members and is currently playing gigs out of Arizona. Downer Syndrome’s new single “Depths Of Into” is a softer, acoustic single than what Downer Syndrome is used to. Although the vocals are still full of passion and grit, the guitar is isolated and charmingly simplistic. The music does the majority of the talking, while the vocals add an element of realness and humanity. The themes force the listener to picture the writing and recording process, even a live show. “Depths Of Into” offers a sense of space and a haunting melody that stops you in your tracks a little. There’s a vulnerability in the voice or a feeling that Downer Syndrome is at breaking point. It adds a new layer of realness, of struggle and perhaps of desperately reaching out to connect. “Depths Of Into” is far from obvious, clear-cut and squeaky clean, but it’s something of its own, and it makes no apologies for that. We look forward to hearing more from Downer Syndrome!
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Welcome to BuzzMusic! For those who aren’t aware, how did you first get into songwriting?
I was sucked into songwriting when I was little, but I didn't actually start writing until I was in middle school. I felt alive when I first heard riddle filled lyrics applied to soul grabbing music. You know it when you still shiver at the songs you listened to when you were younger. This caused me start coming up with my own lyrics. I wanted to create something that sounded different and confusing at first, but as you keep listening to each word after, you begin to slowly unlock the riddle. I use the sound of music to draw you into the message that would help release some of the weight that keeps you down allowing you to feel a sense of peace. This is what pushes me to write and create.
How would you describe your approach to making original music?
When I write something, I create the sound of the song first. My hands just do what they do base on the emotion I'm going through and then after I keep hearing the sound, lyrics just come out of nowhere that create a solid system emotion that applies to what anyone is going through. I do this to reach out to everyone. It's my way of originality because I'm giving my personal view of a complex emotional understanding applied to the subject at hand using what is hidden deep inside myself. 99 times out of 100, when I play a show, I do no covers. I didn't show up to play what other people created. I came to give a piece of myself. Now when I do play a cover, it's usually a song that I grew up listening to and was inspired by. I give my respects and want to show people what tastes influence me.
We're completely captivated by “Depths Of Into”, you have such a strong love for the art form throughout your tracks. Can you tell us more about your intentions when you first began to curate this single?
Now as for that song "Depths Of Into", I was caught by a sign on the side of a bus that said Mental Illness. Which gave me this weird thought that when you are attracted to a girl and she's attracted to you (vise versa) I try to let you know that you may not know what you're getting into if we start seeing each other. I explain perfectly what kind of person I am in just the lyrics. For example: "If I ever could...Would you let me in...I'll drop my disguise...If you want to know.....I'm the mental ...illness of all...The way of my thoughts..., such a full phenomenal ." In simple terms, I'm just saying my soul is a wonderland that never gets old so be ready for adventure.
We know that you're a lover of integrating a variety of elements in your music. Would you ever incorporate contrasting genres into your music, or do you think it would ruin the type of sound you're attempting to reach?
When it comes to my style of music that I write, I don't ever want any song to sound like another song I have written. It takes away the flavor. So I warp genres. I have indie/grunge songs , grunge/metal, experimental/acoustic, rap/metal ext ext . The only thing I don't want to mix in there is the sound of country and pop or just rap with beats. It bores me too much. But I do love blending and creating new styles. I have to have warped sense of an idea when I cross blend. It has to catch me in order to pursue the intention of creating the whole song. It has to come to me.
What would you say inspires you and your music the most?
What inspired me more than anything, in the beginning, was when I first saw a guitar and heard the sound. I wanted one so bad when I was a kid. But when I first heard Nirvana, I was hooked. What inspires me now is the fact that I have never taken a lesson at any instrument that I can play now. The first song I showed you(The Gentle) my drummer was to busy to record with me, so I played every instrument in that song. I'm just grateful for being able to do this. God gave this to me and I will never let it go.
It was great having you here on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about what’s next for you artistically?
Well...I have so many songs to show you and as of now, I'm recording 2 new ones of which I'm growing fond of. Out of everything I've done in life, I have never gotten tired of writing music. When I sit down and just start playing, I get lost in my own personal dimension. I feel at peace. I want to give people that feeling. My friends say I love people too much, but everyone lives life on a battlefield. I want to be there to help lift people up. It feels great when you do because you feel worth something for once. My music is my testimony, my autobiography, my life. This is my mission. Thank you for being a part of it. ;)