"Brendan Angelides, best known as ESKMO, is a transcendent, critically acclaimed electronic musician, globally recognized for his signature experimental and ethereal sound. As an artist, he has released a range of compelling and distinctive works on record labels, such as Interscope, Ninja Tune, Warp Records, Planet Mu, and his very own imprint, Ancestor. Eskmo serves as the lead composer for Showtime's psychological war of wealth and power, Billions and Netflix's controversial teen drama, 13 Reasons Why. He is a founding member of The Echo Society, a Los Angeles based collective of composers, visual artists, and engineers, and launched FeelHarmonic, a non-profit initiative to introduce and explore both sound and music with the deaf. In our insightful discussion, Brendan dives into the spiritual shift that inspired his pursuit of film composing and unveils the arsenal of technical tools he uses to make magic.
How did you enter the world of electronic music production? Who were some of your early musical influences that inspired you to create your own artistic identity?
If I really think about it, Michael Jackson’s older songs were some of the first things that got me interested in electronic production. Back in high school, I played in bands and around that time, I started getting more and more into the possibilities of electronic music. The first album by The Prodigy called “Experience” made something really click for me. It came out in 1992, but I came across it in 1994 and I was drawn to the sense of the power in the bass. That same year, I was introduced to Primus and Les Claypool. There was a merging of those worlds for me, which prompted me to think outside of traditional musical structures and apply it to my own work."