If you want to listen to music purely made from analog synthesizers and drum machine Solvent is a good place to start. Jason Amm has some nice stuff in his studio no? I like his honesty when he does into details how even though he’s a veteran at this point he is still largely unknown and gets ripped off my distributors and promoters. He will also be featured in the upcoming I Dream of Wires movie.

“Veteran Canadian producer and hardware lover, Solvent, gave StudioFeed an inside look at his Bloor-West home studio set-up, as well as discussed everything from why he makes music to the story behind his recent RDJ-CS5 EP.” – studiofeed

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

7 thoughts on “Solvent”

  1. Wow, very honest indeed. Sounds like he has seen a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs I imagine. He’s right, this music is largely unpopular and you have to love it to continue. Lots of work, time, and effort for little reward.

    I always find myself wondering what people like this do for a living. Do they have a good day job? Inheritance? Or do they eat ramen noodles and pour all their spare funds into their studios? I couldn’t live like that. I couldn’t sleep at night. Nothing wrong with whatever anyone decides to do. It’s all about individual choices. No jealousy here, just curiosity.

    I would love to see a blog dedicated to featuring electronic musicians, especially the ones with tons of expensive hardware, and interviews with them and then a financial spreadsheet at the end showing their budgets. Ha. I can’t help it. I’m very curious about that. Shame on me.

    I guess I also would love to see articles on musician income. I remember seeing a video of Jamie Liddell walking through his house, this giant fantastic house, and thinking – there’s no way this dude makes much money from his music. How is he affording this? But maybe he does more commercial music for a day job? I have no idea.

    1. Well I’ve been outspoken on the shift that happened in the mid 2000s. Most people stopped making large money from music. I don’t see it as an entirely bad thing. I know I love my day job… in fact it energizes me to make more music. If you just make music and don’t live after a while your just making music about making music… you know what I mean? In some respects I think that’s were Solvent is… nice pure sounds but he’s not reflecting other people lives so there’s no large audience that responds to him.

      1. Making music about making music… well put, Oliver. True. For years I think I probably made music about listening to Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. It was music only fellow EM hobbyists could appreciate and get the references.

        I wish my day job energized me to make more music. Unfortunately, I spend all day on the computer. Tough to continue being on a computer at home also. I start to miss fresh air and seeing the sky. If only there were more hours in the day.

      2. i get your point, but that’s not music about making music, it’s just music without no topic at all. otherwise Bach and Beethoven would be music about making music too

  2. Hi this is Jason/Solvent here. Oliver, first of all thanks a lot for posting my interview. I understand your point about “music about making music” and I definitely can appreciate that it probably applies to some of my work. At the same time, I think a lot of the melodies that I am known for, while insular, do have a lot of personal resonance, feelings that do reflect other peoples’ lives, that goes well beyond the technology and insular life of a studio musician. Sure, they are never going to have the far reach of music direct lyrics (say NIN or Depeche Mode), but IMO they are no less personal or revealing than the likes of Sigur Ros or Cocteau Twins, who do have fairly large audiences.

    1. Hi… thanks for responding here! I blush now… I was thinking about your interview even today before I saw you posted. One thing a lot of musician don’t realize and maybe you don’t either is your probably a lot more famous than you think you are. The internet let’s us see a large mass and we will small in but you can be certain your music is traded an a huge scale everywhere more than reflects Youtube and Soundcloud views.

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