Touching Base with The Landing
This New Year’s Eve, I was lucky enough to witness the world premier of a music video. Nestled in a small apartment on Grand Street in Williamsburg, I watched as a group of around twenty people welcomed in 2014 with The Landing.
Some brief background is in order. The Landing is a relatively new and exciting project based out of New York. Its two most recent tracks, “Strange Charm” and “Anxieties,” have picked up some traction on the Web, which led to the January 1st release of its first music video. Recently, we were lucky enough to ask The Landing some questions about its origin, its music, and its future plans.
Interview with The Landing
SR: Can you talk a little about The Landing for our readers who are unfamiliar with your music? Where are you from, when and how did the project start…you know, the basics.
The Landing: The project started as a response [to], or rather an embrace of the recent resurgence of public interest in exploring the frontiers of science: discovery of the Higgs Boson, the cataloging of close to 3000 exoplanets by the Kepler telescope, the Curiosity rover. We are starting to dream about the future again, and “The Landing” is the vehicle I’ve chosen to be a participant in this cultural shift. Through music I hope to inspire people to dream about tomorrow, and to realize their full potential.
SR: The Landing is just one person making music, but your name is similar to a name chosen by a band or a group of people. Why “The Landing”? Can you delve a little deeper into the origins of the name and the philosophy around it?
The Landing: The Artist, The Abstract, The Weeknd, I’m definitely not the first to have such a name, but I’m not opposed to the confusion it creates either. Many write-ups have called “The Landing” a group. Having a faceless quality means “The Landing” could be anyone or any collection of people, which I tried to convey in the video for Anxieties.
SR: There’s a very contemplative feel to your new track, Anxieties. The video opens with an Alan Watts quote, you’ve posted the definition of “human” on your website, and the song refers to “what we’re made of” multiple times. Is the song an attempt to boil down the fundamental human experience of self-consciousness or self-awareness? Is it this self-consciousness, when unchecked and in its strongest form, that causes our anxieties, that makes us unique but also sometimes prevents us from dancing, from living?
The Landing: Precisely, thank you for pondering it all. You’re a masterpiece 13.7 billion years in the making, a small speck in a vast cosmic ocean AND the divine verb of the Universe, both at once. I could think of no more interesting, no more sacred a thing to be. When you really wrap your mind around that, you realize that “worry” and “doubt” simply don’t exist.
SR: When did you first come up with the dancing and masked concept that we see in the video? Did you make any special considerations while composing Anxieties because you knew you would shoot a video for it?
The Landing: The masks come out of the desire to keep “The Landing” somewhat a faceless idea. I had no intention [of] making a video for Anxieties while I was working on the track however. After the success of its release I approached friend and filmmaker Alexander Koht about collaborating on the video and in a few weeks’ time we had something.
SR: What’s next for The Landing? Is there an EP or an album on the way? Are you looking forward to playing any live shows?
The Landing: You can expect an EP this spring, and as far as live shows go I plan on creating events in the NYC area shortly. Still working out what I mean exactly by “events,” but I’m excited to incorporate many live elements aimed at making it an experience over simply a musical performance.
I would like thank all those who have decided to listen and support The Landing thus far. It means the Universe that you’ve chosen to take this adventure with me, and I’m eager to share the future with you as our journey unfolds.