About Locked In The System
Originally released back in 2016, this was my first album under the name of Skaarl, it was re-released in August 2019.
I pulled much of my back catalog (i.e. The stuff prior to 2017) from distribution, due to a change of distribution model by my former aggregator (yeah, bye-bye).
This album along with most of the other past releases are slowly being re-released, one per month, through Symphonic, and will be available on all the platforms they were previously available from.
About this track
Another track from Locked In The System, I wasn’t entirely happy with the mix in this one to be honest.
So what’s up with the title of this one?
Really I kept having one person or another tell me they downloaded this cool app, or video, or banging on about some kind of social media “thingy” (I’m not really a social media type of person). But these same people didn’t have a clue what was occurring in the real world around them, being so wrapped up in their phone/tablet/whatever.
And then you have the conspiracy theory types, who believe whatever rubbish is on YouTube without a concept of quality control; I’ve heard everything here - the sun isn’t really there, the earth is flat, some politician is computer generated or a robot, cavemen didn’t exist - my response to that one was “yes they do, I’ve seen them on the telly, they make the cars move with their feet!” (if you can’t beat ‘em... lol).
I had one guy in particular who kept banging on about these kind of things every day, so I ended up telling him that he should try living a little and downloading reality, hence the song title.
Am I being one of those anti-technology hippie guys?
Not particularly, I’ve used computers and technology all my life, and I’ve been using the internet since about 1993, so it’s not like I’m a newbie or anything.
Personally, I find the real world far more interesting than the virtual world, not that both can’t exist together, it’s just that there is a whole load of real stuff out there to get involved with that doesn’t have an app or a YouTube video.
Technology is there to augment our lives as far as I’m concern, but I know people who let it control their action far too much!
Anyway, this track is basically just saying “get a grip”, because not everything has to be downloaded as an app. All made with electronic instruments of course =P
9 September 2016 (Re-released 1 August 2019)
Thanks for listening!
More about Skaarl:
All types of music appeal to me, particularly the more relaxed genres - chillout, ambient, downtempo, trip hop, jazz, latin, IDM, etc. Usually I will create downtempo electronic tracks, although I go through phases where it gets a bit more upbeat, just whatever I happen to be feeling at the time.
2019 - continuing working with other artists, creating remixes for Juxta, Restless Natives, and Miss EfeMBy, as well as collaborating with winkandwoo on ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Messin’ Around’, also part of TygerTyger’s ‘Song of Songs’ collab that also featured wav-Dr, Onemedia and Dr Hailstorm. Member of the EMA collective, Blocktronika, and have been part the ACR community for several years.
“Skaarl is not only a great artist but very supportive of others on the platform, top bloke” - The Turtle Project
“Skaarl is a Cool Cat and a great musician. He pulls great heavy driving music out of his pocket and slaps you. Soft at 1st. His track ‘I Fear The Robots’ with Juxta says it all.” - wav-Dr.
“Skaarl has affectionately acquired various nicknames in the first couple of months in EMA but the main ones we refer to him as are “Trouser Man”, “Señor Trouser Man” and “Don Skaarlioni”! We’re surprised he doesn’t mention this in his bio below but we’ll leave it up to the man himself to tell you more!” - EMA
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