Jo De La Cruz - songwriter, composer, and visual artist.
My music connects me to the creative spirit of the universe. I write music because it gives me purpose, and because it gets me to an altered state without any external help. I hope to gift these experiences with others.
I approach writing music by listening for the 'creative spirit' in my environment, in media, or in myself. Sometimes nature whispers some sounds like the rhythm of the rain, sometimes it's a film that sparks music in my head, and sometimes the music just starts playing from the ether.
My process: Each piece begins by replicating whatever few sounds I'm picking up. The lyrics come from the emotion I'm feeling or the characters I'm imagining. After the bones of the song are laid out I start dressing it up with synths and theremin to give the song more body and make it sound fuller - coloring an aura around the main riff or lyrical message that comes to me.
Currently, I’m working on my second EP ‘CROWS’ where I am spending more time crafting lyrics and sounds that make a more emotional impact than my first EP. I’m attempting to create a collection of Goth Rock songs that will make people dance, and has a more “radio friendly” sound. CROWS is going to be a more polished collection of tracks, but still have the same raw and organic feel that the rest of my music has - I just want to step away from the punk-rock and black metal quality my past music has had, at least a little bit. This EP will be the midpoint of my three EP endeavour to create a varied portfolio of my work, with the intent of catching the attention of indie game developers and film makers while building a community around my music.
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