Brandon Paskel


I started recording music as a joke when I was 14 for a comedy album some friends and I made. However, a few of the demos I thought sounded too good to waste, so I recorded some more tracks similar to it and put out an EP under the name 'INCISIONS' on soundcloud. At this point in my life, I was a hardcore djent-kid and looked up to complex and low-tuned guitars. As a result of this passion, this was the music I tried to record. However, since I lacked experience in playing this genre, and producing music myself the music I produced at this time was nothing short of terrible. I spent one summer when I was 16 totally vacant of recording music but instead practicing and learning how to produce when I realized I was trying just a tad too hard to be complex. When I felt I was ready to record again, I stopped making music under the name INCISIONS and moved to 'Galaxies Above' over bandcamp. I still use this name. The music was coherent, the tones were better, it was less complex but it sounded infinitely better. The genre I recorded in for Galaxies Above was less djent, but more post-metal. This led me to the genre of post-rock. I started listening to post-rock soon after I released the first Galaxies Above album. I tried it for myself and released a song called 'The Life and Death of William Colepaugh' under the Galaxies Above name. I recorded various other post-rock demos and I realized I enjoyed it more than making post-metal. This was the birth of emptylakes. I moved 'The Life and Death of William Colepaugh' over to emptylakes and renamed it 'As their (flee)ts advance' and added my other post-rock demos and released 'Always Present, Never Future'. This album I never expected anyone to hear. However, that all changed when a youtube channel called Worldhaspostrock posted the album on their page, getting it thousands of views and even a few purchases though the album is listed as name your price. Overall, I'm very proud of my work, and how far I've come at only 17 years old, and I hope you enjoy my music as well.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music should make you feel something.

What is your music dream?

I want to be known but not overly popular- I want to be free from the pressure of fame, but still be a common name associated with the styles I play

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

a government that leaves the people alone

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

That's tough. Probably some of the older anberlin songs, though I can't choose just one.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Lots of them- I like a broad spectrum. Cloudkicker, russian circles, godspeed you! black emperor, yndi halda, explosions in the sky, chevelle, deftones, radiohead, the kilimanjaro darkjazz ensemble, anberlin, NF, the dillinger escape plan, the black queen, mono, vildhjarta and even chopin

What inspires you to make music?

I make music for the pure fun of it honestly. I like it, I like people hearing what I put my work into and it's just an all together enjoyable hobby for me.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That is to the listener's interpretation.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I never have

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I feel like popular music exists only to get money, and actual quality has decreased. Look at pop from the 70s and 80s and look at pop now. Do I even need to explain why africa by toto is an infinitely better song than any pop song on the charts now? Look at rap too- we used to have rappers that conveyed emotion and passion in their lyrics, but now we get "gucci gang gucci gang gucci gang gucci gang gucci gang"... why? because people only want to hear what sounds cool (I don't understand how gucci gang sounds cool tbh) they're missing the point of music- conveying emotion and feeling something

What do you think of Drooble?

I think it's great- only would love to see uploading music from mobile added

What frustrates you most as a musician?

bad looping. 99% of my problems are in production.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

honestly not really- I don't go out much

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

don't really have a problem with people making music I don't enjoy. i'm not one to shame someone for their preferences- I think the musician should be respectable at least.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I work with the bassist for a band called the drowned god. he is basically my music mentor- learned so much from the guy and the least I can do is recommend his band on here