Coming from a small village in the countryside and a family where nobody really has an interest in music making, a ten years old uncovered an intense love for music.
Emerging from Mike’s warped psychedelic mind, Bones:Dreaming came to being after the latest Screaming Bones album.
The final Mastering was done by the incredible Patrick Burkholder of Zenmix Recordings after the album was recorded in Mike’s bedroom studio
the title ” A Day in the Labyrinth of a Psychedelic Mind” leaves the listener with an eerie vibe. The dark ambient soundscapes take
the listener onto a journey into the sonic unknown, patterns emerge, rhythms find themselves, only to be lost again moments later in a haze of electric crackling. “The listener needs to reserve some time in their busy schedules, clear some headspace, put on the
headphones, lean back, close their eyes and enjoy the journey ” was what Bones: Dreaming had to say this particular project
enjoy the rest of the interview below:
What is your stage name?
My stage name for this project is ‘Bones:Dreaming’
Is there a story behind your stage
Not really. I usually make a different kinds of music under my main project called ‘Screaming Bones’ and I just wanted to keep ‘Bones’ in the name. Since I often find myself in a dream-like state when I venture into the electronic side of making music, ‘Bones:Dreaming’ came into being.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music has always been a lifeline for me. I started getting into music when I was ten years old or so. That was back in the Eighties when I owned nothing but an old radio and I had to tweak the antenna in every way possible to pick up those radio stations that were playing different stuff than the hum-drum you get during the day. The interesting shows were playing late at night, I wasn’t very popular with my parents back then. Later on, when I was old enough and had a driving license, I started going to gigs and festivals, which continued until the pandemic. Since then, I haven’t really picked that habit up again… it’ll come back.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not at all. My parents had very down-to-Earth jobs. I don’t think anybody in my family showed such an interest in music as I did. Growing up in a small village in the countryside, it just wasn’t a thing back then.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Good question. I started making music myself only a few years back, starting off self-taught as far as I could get on my own. As for the guitar stuff, I am still a student of the amazing Billy Tsounis and since I was recording my playing anyway, at some point I decided to put the tunes up on Bandcamp. The step towards having it professionally mastered and distributed to the major streaming services was a small one after that. The electronic stuff for ‘Bones:Dreaming’ started out of nowhere. I have always been fascinated by different ways of generating and shaping sound, so I started to get into sound creation and got myself some Moog and Soma Synthesizers. It wasn’t too long after that I released some of the tracks under this side project.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
As I mentioned before, Billy is my music teacher for everything guitar and bass. The electronic side of things I mainly teach myself by ways of experimenting, trial, and error, and following my intuition. I’m surprised it took me so long in life to start making music myself.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and
who did you see perform?
My first gig was the Ramones back in ‘88 or ‘89, I don’t remember the exact year. It is still imprinted in my memory to this day.
How could you describe your music?
The music I release under ‘Bones:Dreaming’ goes to the basics of pure sound creation. Its electronic soundscapes, are littered with strange noises. Rhythms and patterns emerge only to lose themselves again moments later. The music is meditative and has an eerie beauty to it when you listen to it with your eyes closed. The tracks are longer than your typical radio edit and take you on a sonic journey, on which you discover new things every time you listen to a track again.
Get more visualisers on “screaming bones” on ralso unreleased youtube and get some of his unreleased projects.
Describe your creative process.
To make music for ‘Bones:Dreaming’, I have to be in a kind of meditative, dream-like state myself. I don’t have any direction or ideas when embarking on a musical journey. I connect the machines in different ways, tune them and pause when I found a sound that I like. I love feeding one machine’s signal into another and leaning back to listen to the outcome. It’s like generating a musical canvas and adding different sound bits to it, like painting your emotions on it, one by one.
What is your main inspiration?
What musician do you admire most and why?
I don’t really have a musician I admire most, to be honest. I remember the moments standing in the crowd and admiring the musicians on stage when they lose themselves in their art of performing the things they do best.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
I have two main directions, all the guitar stuff with ‘Screaming Bones’ and all the electronic stuff with ‘Bones:Dreaming’. The music is constantly evolving and there sure will be cross-overs in the future.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see music as a competitive business. It’s there for everyone.
What are your interests outside of music?
It’s mainly music, not much else.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I don’t want to think about that.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in
the journey of music?
Coming over these episodes when creativity evades you.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Pay the artists better. It’s their lifeblood you’re listening to.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Going through all the recent recordings and putting stuff together for a new album.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
We’ll see what the future brings, nothing spelled out at the moment.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Follow your heart and do your thing. Don’t do things in life only to please other people