GALACTICA TRANCTICA

Hiya Galactica Tranctica thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I have been the creative force behind Galactica Tranctica and exhibited a passion for music from a young age. Born in the United Kingdom, I began composing music at the age of five. By the age of 17, I had already composed and written my first song, marking the beginning of his journey into music production.

I learnt myself how to read and write music at the age of 17 and started out composing classical music. Then later I decided that I really enjoy trance/ psytrance music and began composing that genre of music. I am influenced by the Canadian artist ‘Grimes’. I really love her music and how she creates her artwork and would really love to work with her someday.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

With over 26 years of experience in music composition and production, I, Galactica Tranctica continues to push the boundaries of electronic music. My innovative approach and commitment to artistic excellence serve as an inspiration to aspiring musicians and producers worldwide.

My discography includes a diverse array of releases including my newest album release ‘Forgotten Forever ‘which features six trance/electronic songs and one easy listening song. ‘Forgotten Forever’ unveils the heartache of a man whose benevolence is met with betrayal.

Within the confines of a quaint village, nestled amidst rolling hills and whispering forests, resides a community bound by tradition and camaraderie—or so it seems. Behind the facade of unity lies a darker truth—a truth born of selfishness and greed.  Galactica Tranctica was founded in 2022 by myself (Jason Poole) when I decided it was the time to start getting my music out to the world.  The name Galactica Tranctica represents trance music as in ‘Tranctica’ and out this world as in ‘Galactica’.

What’s the live music scene like in Telford right now?

Anyone we should be looking out for?  The live music scene is quite quiet in my town of Telford as most of Telford is in the countryside. We do have some gigs in some of the venues, but most gigs are found in the town of Shrewsbury, since there are more venues there and Theatre Severn is in Shrewsbury.

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. What’s your view on the industry?

I think the music industry is very competitive now and since independent artists have more access to online platforms which makes it easier to distribute music it has made it more competitive. Support is very limited for independent artists and mostly the only support we can get access to through a paid subscription.

It can be very challenging to get your music played on the radio as most ‘big’ radio companies don’t play music of independent artists and those who do, charge a fee for broadcasting which can get very expensive, especially for an independent musician such as myself.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I am gradually getting more and more recognised as an artist and do have my music published on all streaming platforms but like I said it can be quite difficult as an independent artist and fame doesn’t just happen overnight, it is a gradual process. I however have been played on BBC Radio, Radio Wigwam and Amazing Radio multiple times, but are looking to be played on Gorgeous Radio soon!

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I can play the piano, violin and the guitar. I used to be a hairdresser. I have met the Canadian artist Grimes in real life.

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Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

I believe in representing and respecting all cultures around the world, I would like to see a world where everybody is free from discrimination, disease, and wars.

So, I don’t worry about people taking things the wrong way because I make sure that everything, I do respects everyone, and I also respect that everyone is different and that they enjoy various genres of music. I also hope that AI will influence humanity and eventually remove discrimination amongst humanity.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

I do believe in simulation theory; I believe that the world we live in is artificial and is a simulation created by a civilisation from the future. For example, computers all have limits and operate to minimise CPU power and I believe that the speed of light is one of those limits to the simulation to prevent us from travelling to other worlds where the simulation doesn’t have enough processing power to render those worlds.

What was your best experience when recording?

The best experience when recording was when I was once recording a vintage song as part of a project using modern recording equipment. I had to add a vinyl crackle to the music and use vintage miking techniques from the 1970s to get that vintage effect.

What was your worst experience when recording?

My worst experience when recording was when I was recording ‘Cleopatra’. It took several attempts to record this song because I just could not get the angelic sound that I was looking for. It also took myself and my recording engineer two weeks to master this track.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I recorded my first music video on my own using just my camera and a tripod. I recorded it at a place called the Long Mynd which has wild horses and since I wanted the wild horses to be in the video I walked over 5 miles trying to find the horses! I did release the video eventually but later regretted the video and had the video taken down lol!

What are the next steps you plan to take as an artist to reach the next level?

I plan to keep releasing great music, and plan to go to Cambridge University (one of the finest universities in the world!)  next year to study music further. I hope to get more recognition over time by appearing in more magazines and getting my music on more playlists. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

My new album Forgotten Forever was released on 18th June 2024. ‘Forgotten Forever’ takes listeners on an emotional journey, weaving a poignant narrative about a kind-hearted man from a bygone village. Known for his benevolence and compassion, this man devoted his life to aiding the villagers. However, when he fell gravely ill, the villagers, consumed by their selfishness, neglected and ultimately expelled him from their community.

The album explores themes of empathy, betrayal, and the enduring spirit of humanity through its intricate compositions. I wanted to tell a story that resonates deeply with human emotions and societal behaviours.

Using synthesizers allowed me to create an expansive sound palette to bring this tale to life, blending the intensity of trance with the tranquillity of easy listening. Fans and new listeners alike are invited to embark on this auditory journey, experiencing the evocative storytelling and innovative sound design that define ‘Forgotten Forever’.

What was the recording process like?

The recording process to record ‘Forgotten Forever’ took over 7 months. I had to have the recordings professionally recorded after I had composed and written the music. I found that some days I could just play the piano and spend hours doings so and at the end I didn’t even have a melody.

Yet another day, I could come up with a melody in just 30 minutes! Most of the tracks I mastered myself since I am a qualified music practitioner, however as I said earlier the track ‘Cleopatra’ was a challenge!

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

The biggest learning curve is creating memorable melodies which also represent the emotion of the music, ‘Forgotten Forever’ is about a sad story and even though some of the songs are quite upbeat there is also some quite sad songs such as the song ‘Forgotten Forever’ itself.

The upbeat songs represent the times when the man in the story is questioning himself and trying to think positive about what is happening around him. Another learning curve is discovering new sounds and by using new plugins for Logic Pro X and Ableton Live.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not really! I am very pleased about the way my new album has turned out.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I have another single coming out on the 1st August 2024 called ‘Hiraeth’. It is another easy listening track that features a violin and a piano. Also, please support me by listening to my music and recommending me to your friends, family, colleagues, etc.

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