by Danielle Holian
Where did your name “Bellerophon” originate from?
The name of the Bellerophon originated as I was looking to brand my latest project, looking for a name that would comprise my interests and reflect my own vision of my personality. The first I time I heard the name “Bellerophon” I was watching a PBS show about outer space, the universe, and the like. Bellerophon, happens to be the nickname for the planet Pegasi B-51 located in the Pegasus galaxy. As soon as I heard the name I fell in love with it, because it also sounded like a musical instrument, or something that has to do with sound. I immediately researched the name, and came to find out that Bellerophon was a character in ancient Greek mythology, who riding Pegasus killed Chimera as his main feat. Bellerophon was not a God, nor a demigod. Instead he was a simple human, though from an affluent and noble family, he’s portrayed as a humble hard-working man, and I feel greatly identified with the latter, and with the fact that he was also very charming.
How and when did you get into music?
I have been playing music for the past fifteen years since I was fourteen years old. I began venturing in electronic music a couple years ago, after failing to put together a band, and realizing that one’s dreams and ambitions cannot be absorbed by others the same way one can for themselves. In electronic music, I only need to rely on my gear and myself, instead of someone’s skill or their willingness to go along with the music I tend to create. I find comfort in electronic music because is different and one is in full control of the sonic experience. That is something I find hard to handle within a “traditional” ensemble of bass, drums, guitar, and vocals. There’s so much more to synths and sound synthesis, and if you’re a musician who understands and values creativity and musicality expressed in ways other than traditional instruments and western canon, then electronic is the place to be.
What attracted you to electronic music?
What attracts me the most about electronic music is that there are no limits. You can think of a sound, create it, and reproduce it. You can think of a beat and make it come to life. You can even sequence a melody into a machine, and that is just so fascinating. I also like that I always get to challenge myself, and that musically I’m in full control of the performance.
Who or what are your influences?
Despite trying to separate from the status quo, I take a lot of my influences from traditional music. I am also originally from Chile, so from Latin America, to North American sounds. I was exposed to classical music very young, so I understand it and apply some of its reasoning to my compositions, but I also like more spontaneous forms of music such as South American folklore and Caribbean music. I studied jazz for almost an entire decade, so harmonically I’m always trying to incorporate “jazzy” things. Because of that, and my love for African influenced music, I tend to find inspiration in African rhythms and melodies as well. I also love indie rock and bands like the Arcade Fire, and alike contemporaries. I also get inspired by good 90’s hip-hop, but that’s more of a recent thing after having lived in the US for a while. I can now say that I finally get Hip-hop -not so much while I lived in Chile.
How does music affect you and the world around you?
I honestly wish I affected more people with my music, but so far is a positive effect for those around me, and surprising for many who only know me through fields other than music. I would like people to be taken to a different place when listening to my music; an actual amusing experience, rather than just entertainment.
What are your plans for the best future?
In the best future I would really like to write music for a film, and become more involved with big festivals and bigger audiences. I am also currently working on another short release. And I would really love to open for Chvurches in one of their tour stops in my hometown Providence, RI or even Boston.
How has your music evolved since you first began?
My music has evolved in a way that I have been able to find comfort in ideas that may seem simple from far away, but when looked at closely, one can appreciate great detailed work with much content and passion. Sonically I have also come to a much fuller and bigger sound covering much more aspects of sonic exploration than ever before.
Any last words?
I would like to extend an invitation to the whole world to engage in this age of conscious music and experience my vision and perception of life through my sound until it becomes part of you as well, and unites us in a way that you, as a listener, have never felt before. I hope you enjoy the record.