Being different isn’t such a bad thing. More often than not, your unique qualities and idiosyncrasies would be the very same traits that would eventually make you stand out from the crowd.
When we serendipitously stumbled upon this ingenious 24-year-old breakcore artist named ‘Tusk Mite’ (Erik) from Finland after an exhaustive online search, we initially thought that there’s something fascinatingly different about his music. And we were not mistaken!
He confided with Bassfuck: “Both me and my dad have Chromesthesia, a form of synesthesia that allows us to experience sound visually. Not until recently I got to know what it is, and that it’s a wiring abnormality in the brain, a thing I thought my entire life that was normal is suddenly not, and it’s a very weird feeling to have. So I guess my unhealthy neurotic appetite for producing glitchy breaks and dramatic melodies comes from it because I enjoy the complex landscapes I paint with my music.”
As per Wikipedia: “Chromesthesia or sound-to-color synesthesia is a type of synesthesia in which heard sounds automatically and involuntarily evoke an experience of color.”
Well that explains it and it doesn’t really take a while to notice that ‘Tusk Mite’ is indeed a rare gem, a singular artist that dances to the beat of his own drum. In fact, throughout the course of our brief conversation online, I’ve discovered that nothing he ever does or say can really be considered ordinary in the truest sense of the word.
He’s wired differently and it shows in his music. It’s like a mish-mash of discordant electronic rhythms and retro beats with a tinge of schmaltzy anthems inspired by motion picture soundtracks that somehow sewn together into some kind of Frankenstein’s monster that surprisingly works—if that ever makes sense.
“I guess my music is a weird lovebaby of dramatic movie soundtracks, cheezy 80’s synths and breakcore,” he quipped.
The way he composes/produces songs is also unconventional.
“I’m a very messy producer,” he pointed out. “I use Renoise to compose my stuff. Usually, I start with a melody of some sorts, or a break, then I start to build the track around it.”
“Then I lose my sense of time and space and suddenly I notice that I’ve composed several other tracks inside the original track I was working on, and I end up having 20 minutes of nonsense in one Renoise file with 5 minutes of the actual song I want to put out,” he further recounted. “It makes collaborating with someone a bit interesting to say the least.”
Even the inspirations/motivations behind his music are quite unusual. He professed:
“I’m most productive when I’m miserable and hurt, that’s when I get to pour out my overflow of feelings I can’t deal with. If, for some reason I couldn’t draw or make music, I would become insane instantly when sh*t hits the fan. So I guess that’s why my music is occasionally melancholic.
“But eventhough the sources of my creativity might be the negative moments in life, when I listen to my tracks, it instantly takes me back to the time, feelings and memories I had, including the happy ones. So making music is kind of like writing a sonic journal that warps me back to those warm and good times.”
It’s important to note that ‘Tusk Mite’, a self-professed neurotic, is also a visual artist. It comes as no surprise that his artwork is just as fascinating as his music. Take a gander at the exquisite piece of art below.
A differently wired brain, when combined with hard work and an uncompromising sense of individuality, usually produces great and marvelously distinctive creations. The human mind is a beautiful thing. And those who embrace the diversity of its functionality usually holds the key to unlocking its full potential.
Be bold. Be different. Be singularly fascinating. But in the meantime, listen to ‘Tusk Mite’ and experience sound visually—as it should be!