MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS
Jared Rieger outlines the highs and lows of being The Antipodes
an·ti·podes | an-ˈti-pə-ˌdēz
1: the parts of the earth diametrically opposite
2: the exact opposite or contrary
Hi Jared, congratulations on the new single! Are you planning on releasing more with Elliptical?
Well, I’ve been on a bit of a musical hiatus. I haven’t really produced anything since last year. Since I moved to Germany and I’ve been trying to restructure my life a little. I haven’t had a lot of time to work on music. Things have calmed down though, and Adrian Alexander and I have some things in the works. Hopefully a good follow-up to ‘Odyssey’.
When did you start working on ‘Odyssey’?
[Laughs] Umm, January 2017. I started it one night with the chords, and that led to the arp that you hear in the breakdown. I was really inspired by Maor Levi’s ‘Sink The Lighthouse’ remix and a lot of Andrew Bayer’s stuff. Within a couple hours I had a majority of the melody stuff done. Then came the bassline, and I had a song I was happy with but didn’t quite know what to do with.
So what happened in those two years?
I showed it to another label, and they didn’t end up wanting it, so I kinda sat on it for two years. So I wasn’t gonna release it but then I was like, fuck it, I really like this song and I think it should be out there, and luckily enough Elliptical liked it.
How does it feel to finally see it released?
It feels amazing. I was kinda just sitting there and thinking about what could have been. Sometimes it’s better to just release the music you enjoy and fuck what the labels say.
Do you doubt yourself when a label doesn’t sign your track?
Oh absolutely. I think that contributed to my break from music. When that happens you think “I don’t even know if I’m that good at this, I don’t know if I can take another rejection,” and you just start doubting yourself and going downhill.
Is it common, in your experience, for artists to be strongly affected by rejection?
Big time. You start thinking like “I don’t know what I’m gonna do with my life.” It was a bit of a dark period for me.
Any advice for people dealing with the same thing?
Even if your success rate isn’t high, you gotta somehow pick yourself up and keep going and not get pessimistic. That’s what happened with me. Once you get pessimistic you can’t really make music anymore. You kinda just sit there in front of the screen and try to prepare yourself for failure. You have to fight it. Don’t put too much of your self-worth in it.
Do you feel like this low period has influenced your music? Maybe taken it in a different direction?
Well I think there was this certain patent sound that everyone was doing and I thought “I wanna do something different than that.” I’ve been listening to a wide variety of music since I took a break and kind of recalibrated my palate.
At the end of the day it’s not about pushing out almost an album’s worth of music each year like some artists do. Those songs start to just sound the same. You wanna make each song different with its own magic. And that’s what I try to do with my music. So sometimes a break can really be good.