I spoke to Tarek Musa, ex-Spring King front man & drummer, about his new project ‘Dead Nature’ and what life is like solo. We kicked things off by discussing why he chose that name for his solo project.
“The phrase Dead Nature (which literally translates from the word ‘Still Life’) struck a chord with me. It represents a time in my life where it felt as if time stood still, and not much was going on.”
“A lot of the songs I have written for this project already touch on the subject of loneliness, self-reflection and space. It had an emotional response that I took something from.”
The first Dead Nature EP, ‘Taking My Shadow’ released back in July to a great reception, but Tarek isn’t rushing to make a full-length project, but there will be one in the future.
“I’m writing a lot of music for the project and with time it’s only going to grow further. “
“Part of the process for me is in taking time to enjoy the natural growth of the music whilst creating in an inspiring environment. There will be an album at some point.”
‘Rookwood’ is my favourite from the debut EP from Dead Nature, so I asked Tarek about the inspiration behind that track.
“‘Rookwood’ represents a time in my life that was filled with highs and lows. It captures a time of complete stillness that I hope listeners can relate to in their own way.”
“I wrote the track to help explore old feelings from over fifteen years ago, and what came out of it is some of my proudest work.”
As well as making music himself, Tarek has been producing and engineering for the likes of Circa Waves and The Big Moon;
“When I work with other artists, helping to produce their music, I feel I have a level of understanding with how they may be feeling in the studio. “
“I’m lucky to have experience on both sides, which really helps in making a band or artist feel comfortable when i’m working with them.”
“It’s different in the sense that when I work on my own songs I know exactly what I want them to sound like. Getting to the sound I have in my head is a lot easier to achieve, it’s instantaneous.”
“Producing for others has given me a huge respect for the struggle of artists, and a reminder to myself that what we do as musicians, producers, songwriters and artists is not achieved over night. “
“There is so much time and effort put into what people hear, and sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves of the amount of dedication it takes to get a finished song over the line.”
You can listen to the debut Dead Nature EP below.