So I have a show coming up March 20th here in Chicago, and I originally had planned to do a cover of a song from a band that was very influential to me. But recently they have run into some controversy and I don’t think they handled it very well. It was super disappointing. I don’t want to seem supportive of their actions in anyway so I’m no longer doing that cover. However, today out of nowhere I started writing lyrics that I think embodies the same anger and awareness. I’ve never done an original song that had lyrics so this is really weird and feels very vulnerable. I’ve only ever *kinda* sung one other time and that doing a NIN cover with lots of effects and vocoder covering up my voice. Soooo we’ll see where this goes. Hopefully I can have it finished and feel comfortable enough with it to perform it in March. 😬😬😬

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My name is AJ. I lived my life to this date in the Chicagoland area and I have a deep-rooted obsession with music and sound. From playing in experimental bands as a kid, trying to mutate the sound of my guitar into anything but a guitar, to venturing out on my own now and collaborating with other artists. The element I really fell in love with was creating live soundtracks over silent horror and sci-fi movies! It first started with my band Braille Night. We would play absurdly loud ambient music in the upstairs of a coffee house for hours. One of the members came up with the idea of using a silent movie to direct the feeling of the music. And now a decade + later I'm still doing that frequently, mostly in collaboration with Comfort Station here in Chicago for their summer series "Silent Films and Loud Music". Sound was only the beginning for me though. The past couple years I have gone done the path of video synthesis, VJing, and programming stage lighting. Most notably for Lorelei Dreaming, where I have spent hours synchronizing lights to emphasize the mood of the music and Lorelei herself as she entrances the audience with her voice and presence, and manipulate video as a live performance jamming along to the music and lights. What does the future hold? I want to take my experiences, skills, and passions to the next level. Put out more music. Work on a soundtracks for current movies, shorts, video games, or what-have-you. Lend my patience and knowledge to programming stage lights for other bands. Basically, I want eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff!

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