It’s been a long time coming for The Tension, Hotel Garuda’s debut EP. Following the releases of singles “Mutual” and “Rush,” the LA-based producer emerges with his highly-anticipated full EP package, out now on Mom+Pop Music.
“This EP distills a year-long introspection into 4 pieces of music. The name of the EP comes from the tension I felt between being my truest self, and also putting on the persona that listeners had come to associate with Hotel Garuda. For a while now, I’d felt disconnected with the electronic music scene inasmuch as I had a hard time finding music that really stimulated me. I needed to break out of the confines that had been forced on me as a stereotypical “producer/DJ”. This meant being more involved in songwriting as well as singing on every song.
I’d be lying if I said this was a solitary effort. Working with several gifted instrumentalists and a vocal engineer who understood how i wanted my voice to sound – before even i did! – was an absolute blessing. As a producer, I was forced to grow into being able to corral parts from different people and jigsawing them into songs, and it’s something I really enjoy doing now. As an artist, I feel like I’ve really come into my own with regards to what I want my music to say, and the feelings I want it to evoke. I want my listeners to know that I’ve evolved, and though the music I make may not be the same as what initially drew them to me, I hope they’re entertained by the artistic journey that inspires me.” – Hotel Garuda
An amalgamation of styles that showcases full confidence in his creative abilities, The Tension is the perfect representation of Hotel Garuda’s roots, influences, and direction as he moves into a new phase of his artist career.