Waste is someone who’s mysteriously making a wave in the underground in 2019. Come see what he has to say about his upcoming project “Funeral Fantasy” and much more in this UVC exclusive.

First things first where are you from and how old are you?

I’m from Arizona/California and I’m 26 Years old.

What was it like growing up out west? Who were some of your early exposures to music? Tell me a little bit about your upbringing.

It was honestly quite a interesting experience as I initially was brought up in a small town around a predominantly Hispanic community where I didn’t really fit in as my interests lie elsewhere.

As for my upbringing, I was bullied most of my childhood and molested and assaulted by certain neighborhood kids which really caused internal issues for myself and I began taking less care of my hygiene, mental health and my grades began slipping. When I found out about rock music it really helped me cope throughout my teenage years knowing there were others who had similar frustrations. My life has been an interesting experience that really caused me to slip into narcissism, a toxic mentality and militant nihilism but I’m thankfully doing better now.

My earliest exposure to music was definitely from PlayStation video game soundtracks as well as Anime, Movies and such. I was inspired heavily by Nobuo Uematsu and then afterwards got into hip-hop when I found out about rappers such as Eminem, Triple Six Mafia, Wu-Tang and Jedi Mind Tricks. Afterwards, I found out about Slipknot and many other Metal artists and my tastes blended together to create Waste.

That’s absolutely insane and I can relate myself with the rough side of early years but like you said thankful everything all pans out. Now at what point did you actually decide to start making music?

I decided to start after listening to Waking The Cadaver, Pig Destroyer, HeavyHeavyLowLow and Attack Attack! and wanting to create something chaotic and fast paced with a former friend although it never panned out to anything besides a few poorly tracked Myspace windows recorder songs on a rock band microphone. It took me almost a decade until I was able to start bands with other musicians where we’d book dates in actual studios and release quality content.

That’s a fire grind though, as long as you kept it pushing. So what lead up to your first solo release? and how was transitioning into a solo artist?

After befriending Astari back in 2015 and finding out about nothing,nowhere. from him and getting to talk to joe and personally meeting him and listening to his music it really inspired me and made me realize i could make personal music on my own with the help of producers or on my own. It took me 2 years after that to create my first song as waste thanks to HKFiftyOne who saw something in me and took the chance to help me out. Transitioning into a solo artist after being the frontman of various bands was a bit strange as it meant I was in charge of everything and had to find my own means for promotion, design, recording, etc. It was a lot more difficult as I had no musical friends who were into this style initially but I’m glad and humbled to have the great relationships with my fellow artists that I have today.

Well said, I kind of figured it was something like that and those are some legendary names to be inspired by early on. What’s your favorite song you’ve made or released so far?

“a wounded heart, a broken dream” has to be my favorite song I’ve done so far as it has Moonlet singing beautifully in the chorus to an amazing beat created by one of my favorite producers, Taylor Morgan. The meaning behind that song is extremely personal to me as are the rest of the songs on the upcoming EP, “Funeral Fantasy”.

Perfect I definitely think that one is gas by you as well. Now what’s your recording process like? How long does it take you to finish a song?

I take a lot longer than most of my fellow artists to release content due to my job, personal issues and health issues as well that I don’t really like to bring up much but I usually write lyrics when I’m sad or dig up old lyrics and revise them and try to create melodies afterwards. Whenever I find inspiration or feel my voice is up for it, I end up recording and then send my vocals to my fellow audio engineers to have them mixed.

That’s the wonderful side of music is that it can be done at any time and you never need to rush as an independent artist. Now what are your studio necessities? What are your top 5 things you need in the studio?

  1. A competent and talented audio engineer who can help co-write if necessary
  2. Water,honey, tea
  3. Plenty of rest as well as a good balanced breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on when I’m tracking
  4. Vocal warm up time, I find Tuvan throat singing is the best way to get myself prepared
  5. Being in a recording mood is definitely a big one as I want to put effort and emotion into what I track.

That’s perfect. I always like to know what makes people comfortable. So with all that being said what are your plans for the winter and the rest of 2018?

Trying to finish up the EP so I can release it early 2019 as well as doing some more personal reflection so I can ultimately better myself as I have been doing. I find being honest with myself, accepting my idiosyncrasies, my past transgressions so I can move onto becoming someone who makes this world a better place is what I want. I also hope to finish reading the Bhagavad Gita as well as either/or by Søren Kierkegaard.

Extremely thoughtful and well said I like that a lot. Who are some artists you’d like to work with in the future? Big or small?

I would love to work with a lot of my fellow artists such as Yung Van, entai, foreign forest, 93feetofsmoke and many others. As for artists not from the scene, def andrès and some of my friends in the metal scene.

Always gotta expand. I like a lot of those names that’s a great list. Now music aside for a moment, what keeps you going when you aren’t making music? What keeps you sane in the down time when you aren’t creating?

Friends, family and my geeky fascination with anime, video games, reading books and wanting to study more about the human condition as well as meditation have definitely benefited me when I’m not creating music. Which in turn, actually helps me create the allegorical concepts as well as decide the symbolism for my work.

Love to hear things like that. I been considering meditation for a while because it would definitely benefit. What are some of your favorite anime?

My favorite anime of all time is definitely Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter, with Yu Yu Hakusho as a close second. I love how complex his stories can become as well as can relate to him taking quite a long time to release new content. I also have quite a liking towards 80’s-00’s OVA’s like Kite, Urotsukidôji, Genocyber, etc. there’s just something about raw, brutal, uncensored anime that makes me appreciate the lack of fan service and censorship as well as the use of cel art.

Lots of dope ones there. I love Yu Yu as well. So back to music, tell me what your number one goal is, what do you wanna accomplish the most?

My number one goal is honestly to create music that’s a part of me. My experiences, my doubts, my fears, my guilts, are all present in my new EP which is a great example of my goal. I never really had a voice nor was I really heard in my childhood and was disregarded and left on a metaphorical shelf . Having my voice heard and knowing people can empathize or relate to my art means the world to me but as I’ve said before, “regardless of how many people I reach, if I’ve brought joy to one person, that’s enough.”

That’s really the ultimate goal right? I agree with that a lot. So tell us about your new project and when is it coming out?

My new EP is symbolic in the sense that it’s about myself coming to terms with my guilts, my fears, my mistakes, the demons I harbored and my remorse and that I don’t wish to become the monster I once was. It also references the seductive nature of intrusive thoughts, self destruction as well as death. I’ve always been pretty honest about my mistakes, my narcissistic attitude,etc and I’m doing my best to move on and become a healthier human being. As for the date, I’m still unsure of but I will be releasing a single from it at the beginning of next year.

That’s gonna be insane absolutely looking forward to it, we’ll keep our eyes peeled. One of the last questions I had for you was what would be the first thing you would do if you got filthy rich?

I would love to donate most of it to a great cause that would benefit mankind, be it world hunger or any other issue we’re currently dealing with. I have no need for riches as long as I’m able to take care of myself, my parents as well as my close friends. I prefer the minimalist lifestyle.

I like that answer a lot, I agree I would definitely take care of everyone close to me. My last question is who are your top 5 personal favorite artists of all time?

nobuo eumatsu, yoko shimomura, Go Shiina, Motoi Sakuraba and Koji Kondo

Anime kings and always have a great style. Do you have any shout outs or words of motivation before we sign off?

I would love to shout out, Sean (HKFiftyOne), Savage Ga$p, Scuff, Yesterday, Van and all my homies and they deserve all the hype. I also want to encourage anyone who wants to make art to do so, it takes passions and dedication and I feel like so many people just need the affirmation to do so.

You all mean the world to me and I’m humbled and don’t deserve your love or support but I will continue to make y’all proud. Thank you for having me. It means a lot.

Shout Out the whole squad absolutely and no thank you for your time it was our pleasure. We’re looking forward to your 2019. Keep pushing.