This is taken from an interview / mixtape I did for Warmer Climes.
"It's hard for me to consider my life without the music of Atlas Sound. I found out about Bradford Cox's body of work right around the period of my life where my family and I had just suffered the death of my 16 year-old brother Drew in April of 2008. After he was attacked at a party we were both at he suffered a head injury and went into a coma the day afterward for 10 days, before the hospital told us that oxygen had been cut off to his brain, and we made the choice to take him off life support.
I had never experienced anything to completely emotionally fucked up in my whole life, and to this day it's something that I still find myself having to deal with. When I first started listening to Atlas Sound around this period by chance, and started reading about Bradford Cox's own struggles with traumas in his own life, it provided to me a healing effecting that I had never experienced from music before. It's difficult to put into words but it's in the music. Reverb. Tremolo. Because of that I make an effort to encrypt a healing effect or something people can connect to in all of my own music. If there's any reason why the influence of Bradford Cox's music sometimes shines through my own, that's why. I'm not necessarily trying to emulate him in any way, I'm just still trying to find my own sounds and ways to make music that is really of myself."