How did you come by your stage name?
To me, there is nothing more beautiful, vast, and majestic than the sky. No matter how aggressive the sky becomes it always reverts back to that beautiful blue quilt above us. I also have an extreme love for video games. I am very much into RPG games and as such have grown quite a fondness for using two words as a title.
Much like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Kingdom Hearts, and other such examples. I found two words was a lot easier to remember and a lot harder to forget and as such I just kind of mashed my influences and loves into one title: Replenished Sky.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I first started making music in my first year of high school by smashing guitar strings and praying it sounded good. Over time I learned to play bass and other instruments until in my final year of school I had an assignment to produce a song on the computer. I downloaded the demo for Fruity Loops and found a brand new love and passion I had never felt before.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My biggest influences are definitely a mixture of the video game composers of yore and the new electronic artists that have taken over the musical landscape. The most obligatory mentions are Koichi Sugiyama, Madeon, Koji Kondo, Porter Robinson, Jun Senoue, Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Flume, Disasterpiece, Anamanaguchi, Danny Baranowski, Pendulum, Skrillex, Laura Shigihara, K?D, Mt Eden, Nobuo Uematsu, Rushden & Diamonds and Junichi Masuda just to name a few!
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
The concept for my first album ‘Maladaptive Daydreaming’ definitely comes from my love of concept albums having an interwoven storyline. It was specifically influenced by the works of Rushden & Diamonds and Joshua Taipale in terms of using music and audio for storytelling purposes. I really just wanted an album to guide the listener through a book of sorts explained entirely through song.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
Self-criticism. That is easily the biggest challenge I face day to day with my music. But slowly I have been becoming more okay with the idea of myself making stuff that is worth something to someone. The best attribute is definitely taking on other’s opinions and using them to my advantage.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I don’t believe I am the best in the fact that every musician does something differently, not worse. The way I produce and work on something is completely different from someone else so it truly isn’t a matter of being better it is a matter of how you think you have done within yourself.
What are your plans for the near future?
I am already hard at work on a follow-up album and am hoping to get some compositions for games/movies in there as well!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
My wife is easily my biggest supporter, for if it weren’t for her I most definitely wouldn’t be where I am today doing what I love. I also want to thank my mates and family that have also given me guidance, support, and confidence!
How can fans find you?
I have social media accounts, believe it or not!
You can find me on Instagram @replenishedsky, I am also Replenished Sky on Facebook, Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and so on and so forth so just search my name and I’ll be there!
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Please don’t be afraid to take risks in terms of creativity, using money, and taking inspiration. Everything in this world is vital to you, so let it be used as such. Thank you and good luck!