Intriguing Interviews (#II010): PEARL WHITE
With the new year, we happily can go after our duties that we love the most. Right folks, we speak about the perception towards art, or especially the concept around the aural spheres, commonly known as music.
As we were perusing the internet for some meaningful pieces, we always end up on the page of the following artist. As it happens, he is the person that we really wanted to have a talkfest for such a long period.
Not that we didn’t ask him, but we somehow never managed to find the perfect moment to exchange some thoughts around diverse viewpoints on handcrafting.
And yes indeed, people, we’re talking about our beloved musician & creative being PEARL WHITE.
Talking about the meaning of black metal in Yahya’s life, what we had was a meaningful conversation about everything that matters in the world of an creative head.
With this, we’d like to start with the interview. Shall we? We shall:
First of all, it’s a pleasure to have our 10th episode of this series with one of our beloved friends & musicians, who are intriguing for specific reasons. But you were always one of those ones who literally brings up emotions with a mere melo composition. For those, who might never heard from you, could you introduce yourself briefly?
Sure. I’m PEARL WHITE, but my actual name is Yahya. It has an Arabic background, due to my parents, who are Moroccan. That’s how I got stuck with that. I’m 19 years old & I live in Falls Church, which is in Virginia. I’m currently in community college as an IT mayor.
We actually never heard about the city of Falls Church. Guess that we should check it out. Definitely will. Tell us, how did the journey start? Was it a mere fluke that you stumbled over art, or music to be specific? Or did you know already as a kid that you will write music in the future?
Well, I listened to a lot of music, when I was a kid. That provoked the thought of making it. It’s like the idea was always embedded into my head. Eventually (Solar Edit: Fortunately haha), I picked up producing through the program Fruity Loops.
The Good Old Fruity Loops Times. That program is definitely something that everyone had stumbled over the last years. It’s like a magnet, people get attracted to it. Speaking about music, do you actually listen to the same style that you’re actually producing? Or is it something totally different that you can’t associate with it?
It’s a wide range of different genres that I’m listing to in my free time. Mostly, I hear Black Metal & Death Metal along with a tons of other sub genres that follow me for the majority of the day. If it’s not that, then it’s from the endless amounts of diverse music that I stumble over on Soundcloud. I think I could go on for days about that, but I’ll save the readers the trouble.
This is indeed interesting to hear. That is like something way different to the output on your site. Yet, maybe that’s the reason why your discography has such a great variety. It’s because you’re listening to a gargantuan amount of genres. Focusing on writing, is there a specific feeling that you try to convey while creating a piece?
Hmm, that’s a good question. The feelings I try to convey in my music always changes. For example, my song Sky Gradient. While producing it, I tried to convey an euphoric energy.
Does it depend on a moment in your life that is unfathomable by sheer words but describable by a mere synth composition?
Well, it really depends & changes with my moods. I tried to give off a dark, mysterious & almost evil sound on my release Mother of Sorrows Past.
Other songs, such as Impale or one of my latest, Rigger, they give off more of an experimental energy.
You can literally hear the influences on each creation. We’re really flabbergasted right now. Please tell us, when you play your music in venues. You need to record the reactions, because this type of music is touching our souls. Speaking of which, do you have specific rituals before playing a show? A vapid mediation or something else?
I have to be honest, but I never played a show. Not yet. I’ve yet to uncover my pre-performance rituals. (Solar Edit: Hey Bookers, make that happen!)
We had the feeling that doing this interview is definitely on the perfect time. So, our curiosity is leading us to our next question, we’d like to hear some facts about your past. How did all this start? How was your childhood & mostly is there something that you think you achieved that you’re the most proud of it?
Well, my past isn’t really that interesting nor am I too interested in getting into it. I think, it was a normal childhood. Personally, I believe that I’ve never accomplished that much besides PEARL WHITE. That sounds kind of sad, but I can’t think of many things I’ve done that I’m really, really proud of like music or art in general.
Hey, you should be proud of yourself. There are those famous people, who doesn’t know anything about the perception of music or art in general & it’s awkward to hear what they think about it. But tell us something, Yahya. Something about the production named Rigger. How has it been created? Was it a vapid jam session or has it been written for a specific purpose?
Hmm. The fuzz behind it isn’t really that intriguing. Everything has started with throwing some synths into distortion & while adding other effects to them, I started to get the feeling that this might be the start of something cool, so I kept working on it. It sure has a meaning to some extent, but I don’t feel like I should get into it.
What started as an experiment turned into one of our current favorite pieces that has been stuck in our head for a while. We can literally see ourselves checking out that release in the near future. As we’re already talking about it, we’d like to know if you could telling us something about it. A glimpse of PEARL WHITE’s future?
My future is currently a little fuzzy. I’m not certain of the direction that my life will lead me in. I hope that I graduate college, have enough money to support myself & my artistic hobbies.
That is a reflective answer that we really love to hear more. Really really profound. Without money, it sometimes can get really hard. Art in general, or getting gear is pricy…
Yes, Because at some point, those start getting pricy. The only reason I’m doing that is because I feel as if music is a risky path to take.
Yep, that is true. But it’s worth the try. You think that making music as a living is still possible nowadays?
I think, it is possible. It is also possible to be successful, however it is very grueling.
Thank you for the honest opinion on that. We somehow really miss people in the artist section with a reflective perception around art or life in general. Hopefully, we’ll meet more in the near future. We’d like to end this interview with our final question. Something that we always do, because of its diverse outcome. If there would be something that you’d like to do a culture clash, a collaboration, where two perceptions on music are merging into one, which person or band you would pick first?
A dream collaboration? Well, that would be if I would make a full length album with American gold standard black metal artist Leviathan, aka. Jef Whitehead.
that has been the official part of the interview, yet as we’d like to show the ‘human side’, we did allow to add a section into the section (oh hell, that sounds like something created by the illuminati, huh?), which we just named: ‘Solar’s R/Vapid Ten’. this sec-into-section contains vapid questions, which can be answered by the interviewed artist voluntarily.
so, let’s see PEARL WHITE answers:
Your favorite vegetable?
Your favorite food?
Banana or apple?
Strawberry or cucumber?
Disney or Warner Bros?
Tea or Coffee?
I would not be a musician, if…
I listened to my parents.
if I would start right now with the music…,
I’d start off by learning how to make ambient noise in a way that would suit the black metal sound and use both in a fashionable manner before starting to invest in instruments and equipment.
If I would be an object…,
I would love to be a sizable opal deep underground away from everything.
if I would be an animal…,
I’d be a black house cat for sure. Easiest life ever.
We’d like to say to PEARL WHITE ‘Thank You’ for a million times. We’re really looking forward to hear the new & stunning output coming out soon. In case you still didn’t manage to stumble over this talented artist, go ahead & do yourself a favour by clicking on the following links to get the notifications. Be assured to grab yourself some copies, share the music with your family & spread the love.
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The end of the tale, but not of this book.