Producer Sessions 024: Arkana invites us to explore ‘Iskatallith’ [Interview]

Arkana is the audio-visual fantasy of Oregon-based producer Samuel J. Finn, who recently released his debut album, Iskatallith. His artist name is an allusion to “arcane,” which denotes “secrets or mysteries,” and his body of work reveals a boundless well of tantalizing hints for his devoted fans, who frequently copy freeze frames from his videos and analyze flavor text to fuel their fan theories. In an interview with Dancing Astronaut, Finn discussed the foundations of his audio-visual outlet, stating,Arkana invites listeners to engage with music as the primary thread of a narrative mythology. The new album, Iskatallith, delivers musical journeys rich with ethereal soundscapes, mysterious liminal passages, and intricate ear candy that will envelope streamers in an immersive, cinematic experience sure to leave new and old fans alike wanting more. Find Dancing Astronaut’s interview with Arkana about the album and its intricacies below.Can you tell us why you decided to name the LP Iskatallith?The project is very cinematic; is there a story envisioned through the music? Tell us about when you started producing and some of the major milestones in developing your technical skills.Do you have a typical production process? If so, what is it? What was a go-to synth for the project and why?Do you have a go-to MIDI controller?Was there any special VST that really took the production home?Do you have any pet peeves with your DAW?Which song took the longest to make and why?What was the most difficult sound to conquer on the project?Which song took the shortest amount of time to make and why?Is there a certain producer’s sound or production technique that you admire and wish you could re-create yourself?Do you have any unique studio habits?What was your most memorable studio moment when producing Iskatallith?Do you have any inspirations for your production style?What is next for Arkana?Tags: , , ,
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