The Hills Have Eyes 2: Soundtrack from the Motion Picture, "Own Little World" (Remorse Code & Blue Stahli Remix), Sall Entertainment Group, 2007
Criss Angel: Mindfreak The Official Soundtrack, Multiple Songs (Co-Written, Co-Produced, etc...), KOCH Records, 2006
F**k The Mainstream: "Switchback" Alfa Matrix, 2007
Asleep By Dawn: DJ Ferret's Underground Club Mix #3, "Switchback"
DJ RIB: Dark Trance vs. Neo-Goth
A Tribute To The Misfits: Violent World, "London Dungeon," (Co-Produced & Programmed with Prong), Caroline Records, 1997
(Previous, Side & Collab Projects) Circle of Dust: Self-Titled, Brainchild, Metamorphosis, Disengage Argyle Park: Misguided AP2: Suspension of Disbelief Angeldust / Criss Angel: Systems 1-3, Mindfreak Soundtrack Chatterbox: Despite Klank: Still Suffering
Solid State Logic AWS 900+ Console
Mac 2.5 Ghz Quad G5
Mac Pro Intel 8 Core
MacBook Pro 2.53 Ghz Core 2 Duo
Macintosh Classic 1MB RAM & 40MB HD
Pro Tools HD3
Adam P33A Monitors
M-Audio BX8a Monitors
Apogee Big Ben
A bunch of crappy Windows machines to kick when I'm bored
3 Avalon VT-747
2 Avalon U5
3 Neve 1073 Channels
2 Empirical Labs Distressors
2 Solid State Logic XLogic Super Channel
Universal Audio 2-610
M-Audio Axiom 61 Controller
Roland Juno 160
Roland Juno 60
2 Sequential Circuits Prophet 600
Korg VC10 Vocoder
Access Virus T.I.
Access Virus b
Nord Lead 2
Radikal Technologies Spectralis
Dave Smith Evolver
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Head
A bunch of pedals for blowing things up
I'm sure there's more around here somewhere...
Software: Pro Tools HD
Apple Logic Pro
UI Software Metasynth Pro
Almost all Native Instruments products
All Fabfilter Products
All Ohmforce Products
Gforce Minimonsta, Imposcar, M-Tron
Digidesign D-Fi Suite
Izotope Ozone, Trash, Spectron
Camel Audio CamelPhat & Camel Space
Midi Gater (Free)
There's lots more. So many plugins, so little time...
Celldweller - the versatile outlet of the artist, performer, producer, songwriter, programmer, and remixer Klayton, began as a producer pseudonym in the early 90's. Now, over a decade later, Klayton uses the name to deliver his vision of progressively combining multiple genres of music. Taking a unique approach to mixing styles, Celldweller fuses the electronics of drum & bass and techno, with rock and orchestral elements, meshing the synthetic and the organic, darkness with beauty, into a cohesive blend entirely its own.
Career Defining Moment:
Hasn't happened yet. I'm thinking "Opening the Summer Olympics in 2012" or "being inaugurated into the 'Guys Who Almost Mattered' Hall of Fame in 2045" When either of those land, I'll be sure to let you know that I've finally arrived.
Musically, the range is extensive. My grandfather loved music and exposed me to many types when I was a child. From Wendy Carlos and her Moog synths to disco, latin, classical - this helped develop and shape my love for music. I am also inspired by technology, both musical and non-musical alike. When i discovered the computer, it changed the way I lived, worked and communicated. A lot of writing and visual art that I am inspired by is usually science fiction / futuristic in nature. Surprise, surprise.
Currently Listening To:
Moshpit, Ctrl-Z, Unkle, Hecq, Daniel Grey, Burial, Deep Listening Band, Bad Religion, IAMX and the list goes on and on... (I'll be dropping more artists and the reasons I listen to them at http://celldweller.com)
Collaboration Wish List:
The list is too extensive to type out and I do somewhat regret not collaborating with other artists more in my career thus far. I've always wanted to do something with Sam Phillips ('Cruel Inventions' was a big album for me.) Maybe write a track with Martin Gore, trade riffs with Kerry King or harmonize a vocal with Liz Frazier.
If I had nothing but time, i would write, score and direct a movie. Synchronization of audio and visuals have always been intensely impacting for me, and I would love to just create a piece of art that tells a story not only through traditional acting, but music and imagery as well. This would be such a huge undertaking that it will probably never happen, but this is a "dream project" after all.
Bye? (I only get one final word? What a rip-off.)
----------------------------------------------------- Bonus Questions from Celldweller.com
Since the response was overwhelming and you guys asked more questions than Klayton could answer for this Spotlight Feature, Jimmy Rhodes has narrowed them down to some of the most frequently asked questions:
Can we see more studio photos? Absolutely. In fact I've had bigger plans for this for awhile now. I am recording "Wish Upon a Blackstar" at The Method House Studios, where I have combined a bunch of my gear with Grant Mohrman's (who is co-producing the album with me.) So there is no question you guys will be privy to photos and video from the sessions I'm doing there.
In addition, I am currently building a new multi-room facility that will be the new home for myself and other FiXT artists, including Bret (Blue Stahli.) I will share pics and vid of the process, which is underway and ironically taking much longer than expected. (The story of my career.)
Will you be making more music videos, specifically for the new album? Yes. I'll try not to speak out of my ass, but i *hope* to make a music video for every track from "Wish Upon a Blackstar." This is a pretty big undertaking and I will only be able to do it with a good team of people helping (yet to be determined.) I am hoping that this footage will not only help tell the story behind the album, but that I will also be able to segue this into the concept of the live show. Wait... live show???
Will you tour after "Wish Upon a Blackstar" is done? I may have let the proverbial cat out of the bag already, but my answer to that question is simple - absolutely, positively "Maybe." I try not to promise things I'm not 100% sure about, and as many of you who know anything about me already know, I don't love touring. In fact I think I said "I'd never do it again if I could help it." Over the last year I've thought about my live show from a different angle. I'm sick of the rock and roll band thing - have been for awhile. So I *may* put together a show that I will execute single-handedly, with maybe some extra musicians sprinkled throughout when appropriate. I want it to be a truly mulitimedia experience - what I've already done when touring Celldweller, but 10X beyond that. This is all speculation right now - I have much yet to do to finish "Wish Upon a Blackstar" before I even consider this as a reality. So, I'm definitely, unequivocally sticking to "maybe"....
What inspires your music and lyrics? I'll answer this question based on "Wish Upon a Blackstar" since that is my most current body of work. Musically the one thing that constantly inspires me to move forward, is the desire to do something better than what I just finished. I don't often feel a sense of completion when I'm working on a track. It's never really done - it just *has* to be done, so I have to wrap it up and get onto the next track. Tim Burton referenced this syndrome in his own career and I'm sure this is a similar thing for most artists. We'll keep tweaking the same thing over and over until someone takes it away from us.
There is not much at all in recent years that inspires me musically. It seems things are over-run with emo, pop and hip hop and I don't really have enough patience to sit through it. I'm not even hating on it, I just don't ever feel compelled to listen. When I've tried, I phase right out. I find myself going back to music I used to listen to, and finding new inspiration in that as well as just digging further into the underground.
Lyrically, "Wish Upon a Blackstar" is a bit of a departure from what I have been used to writing. Things have changed in my life and things have changed in the creative part of my brain somehow. I'm tired of feeling like I keep saying the same thing over and over - I just wrap the concept in different paper and put a different bow on the box, but inside it has felt the same to me. This new record is more of a reflection of what is changing, or simply that it's changing at all. The "Birthright" demo has been available to the public for awhile - it's reflected in that track's lyrics: "I'm so sick of feeling that I'm hopeless, this is over tonight." Get the idea? Life is too short for me to handjob any of you, or even myself with lyrics that I'm not really feeling. Change happens naturally in life and I will naturally let it pass through to what I am creating.