I think alot of people that run blogs or labels find that it’s always worth going through every submission, because eventually you come across a real gem. Today that gem came in the form of Chilean producer Felipe Manzanares (Efesoul). A burst of intrigue came over me when I first listened to his music, I really wanted to know about the person behind the music, who he was, what his inspirations are and basically just delve into the personal aspects of his artistic persona. So instead of just writing about his music, I sat down with him (at the computer) and had a chat.
The whole unknown and masked musician thing has started to become dated as of late, unless you have a die hard fan base, people won’t really care who’s behind the mask. Efesoul isn’t hiding behind a persona, he doesn’t rely on mystery, he has a genuine feel about how he presents himself and his visual aesthetic. Here is the interview I conducted with Felipe, which turned out to be more of a personal chat than anything, but afterward I felt as though I gained an insight into the person behind the music, it was a nice reminder that we all aren’t different at all, no matter where in the world we come from.
So how are you?
These days all is going fine, a little bit stressed because the semester is finishing and its exams period, but its all good.
Ah yeah? what are you studying? Is this school or university? I go to uni myself and its pretty hectic.
Yes, I study psychology. It’s my first year in university.
Oh right, yeah I think they try to scare people off in the first year, so you’ll find it gets easier I think besides third year.
hahaha the first semester was pretty scary because of exams and all that. Right now I’m living far away from home, I live in a city called Temuco with a friend, which is where the university is located.
hahah well you got through it which is the main thing! That must be really interesting as well, do you want to become a psychologist?
I don’t know if I want to become a psychologist, I don’t really see myself as one. I’m always open to new things, but at this time I really enjoy the whole psychology thing.
That’s fair enough you have your whole life ahead of you! where do you live in the world? do you live at home?
I was born and raised in a city called Osorno, but I had to move to this city because its better quality in education in comparison with the other universities.
Ah yeah there are a lot of people over here that travel to go to my university as well. Like the ignorant Aussie I am I googled your home town it looks very nice and quaint! did you enjoy your childhood there?
My childhood in Osorno was very peaceful because the life in that city is like that. It’s filled with trees and stuff, very cashmere cat-ish haha and yes, I really enjoy these days I spend with my friends playing Zelda and games from the n64.
That sounds lovely, nice I do love Zelda! I play 64 as-well, been playing Conkers Bad Fur Day would recommend. What other games are you into?
Conkers BFD is the shit! I really like it, the multiplayer mod its so cool, I’m a really really really big fan of all the Zelda saga. The Zelda orchestra is gonna play some concerts here in Chile. I’m also really into the Pokemon and Kirby games, basically all that stuff that you can play with a emulator hahah
Tell me about your music! When did you start producing? I’m listening to your track ‘Anxiety’ and it sounds very crisp for a first track so am I right in assuming you’ve had older tracks in the past? Also your visuals are very dope, love the banner and DP combo you have going there
I started producing in 2011, after the death of my father, I really don’t remember the exact motive, I only remember that I was into that nujabes-flylo-afta1 stuff, and I released a couple EPs, both where released on a friend’s net label. Also thanks for notice the visuals, my friend called Aaron Marilaf helped me with that. He is a very talented graphic designer who works in a net label called Future Frequencies.
Basically Future Frequencies its a label made by my good friends Matias and Alexander (Marvin Marlyn). This label releases all type of music, from Techno to Rap, and also throw some parties with my buds of BVSTV collective, they are a crew of producers from here that make pretty good music.
Awesome I’ll have to check out what they’ve put out! I’m very sorry to hear that, how are you now? That’s a good inspiration, you sound like a much cooler kid than I was hahah.
Right now I’m feeling good, all the pain from the physical separation I think is going away, with time you learn to take the pain with you. I dunno if its a good source of inspiration for doing music but its a good source to see the life through other Cosmovision.
I saw that you released a song on Svnset Waves recent compilation, did you find that to be good exposure?
The Svnset Waves compilation was definitely a really good opportunity to get some exposure because that was the kind of publicity that i wanted to gain.
I’m loving ‘Juice Box’ at the moment as well, what was the idea behind that track?
For the track Juice Box, I was really into the Ryan Hemsworth and Lucas EP, that gave me a lot of inspiration to write tracks and one of them happened to be Juice Box. Before that track, all my songs sounds too happy and i want a change, so I started experimenting and that’s how juice box came out, to me sounds like winter-spring. The idea behind that track was to make something a little bit darker without loss the cuteness hahaha.
Do you like Ryan’s earlier stuff actually? I love guilt trips personally haha.
Yes! Finally someone that shares the same passion for Ryan’s music hahaha. I really like the ‘Alone For The First Time’ album, especially the track ‘Surrounded’. But I really love all of his works, I think Ryan is a great contribution for the music scene nowadays, specially for the bedroom producers like me haha.
His label Secret Songs is a place where I have found great musicians like Lontalius and Lucas. I also love how Ryan established his image, he seems a very nice person. his Instagram and Tumblr are so hilarious haha.
Yes i love that as well! That was my favorite song on the album too, it’s nice to find someone with the same passion! I feel the same, he tries to offer something unique, and he does that really well, I couldn’t say that too many people sound like him (if any). Yeah secret songs is a great inspiration for me, Munno’s EP was by far my favorite release for this year so far. hahah so many weird and whacky situations he seems to get himself in.
Is there anyone else you listen too quite a bit?
hahaha yes Ryan its a special dude.
I also listen a lot the Cashmere Cat stuff, his music is so complex, its really hard to emulate that sound. This year I’ve been listening to a lot of this guys music from Norway called Rytmeklubben, his music is so cool, Hi Tom in my opinion is a very slept-on producer, he is so talented, but at the same time he is underrated. To be honest I’m into all the guys who came from Sound Cloud. On one side I listen to all this happy and energetic music like Tennyson, Cosmos Midnight, Wave Racer, Basenji, Uv Boi, Dzz, Alizzz, Rustie, etc and on the other side, I listen to all this dark-nostalgic guys like Ricky Eat Acid, Lucas, MM, Visionist, lontalius, Qrion, Kid Antoine, Murlo and so on. I always love bands and musicians, lately I’ve been listening to this guy called Tobias Jesso Jr. who is a pianist and composer who work with Adele, he is so good.
AND RAP! haha i was forget that, the last Travis Scott album ”rodeo” its by far my favorite rap album of 2015.
I know what you mean, sometimes it just depends on what mood you’re in for what music to listen too. Sounds like you’ve got a nice range of music though! Do you have any new music coming out at any point? I do love some rap myself its a nice change sometimes!
Oh cool! I never tried to rap before, I don’t know if that its a good idea haha. Yes i try to listen to a lot of music and get inspiration from there, this month I think that I release an EP called ”Caught Me” via Future Frequencies, I finish this EP in January and has 4 tracks, mostly chill stuff, also I want to release a couple remixes and originals that I’ve been working on these months, I’m pretty happy with how it sounds, finally I’m coming to the sound that i wanna develop. 🙂