EISM is a cross-genre electronic project developed by Bucharest-born artist and producer Marius Copel. EISM’s first studio album, Ecstatic Technologies, has been designed as a sound engine for endless stories and uncharted depths. An intimate journey through luminous nights and nocturnal middays.
Now he presents Tughra 0.02, his latest release and this is the result.
How would you present your work to someone who doesn’t know you?
Hi, there! Hopefully, my work is a device that can make you enter another dimension, for a while. It is a mixture of ambient electronica and other cinematic genres that takes you on a distinctive path, where you might discover uncharted territories and new stories. But they are all inside your being. I am just presenting you the vehicle. In a short phrase, EISM is a visual and conceptual artist manifesting through the medium of music and sound.
And your last job? Where is it born? And where do you want to lead?
The latest single, Tughra 0.02, is the second instalment of a series that has a core intention: a personal sonic signature in different aesthetics and genres. Unrestricted in any way by the imposed or conventional norms. So Tughra 0.02 is a deep tapestry of rugged, pulsating drums, fluid pianos and spacey guitars that meet on the same path, even ifs they seem to walk on different lanes in the beginning.
What message would you like to convey to the public?
The statement that I am trying to make is that art should be about personal expression, not pre-established frames. And that is a shared experience, one way or another. In my opinion, music truly exists only when someone listens to it and gets touched in a relevant way.
Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?
Music industry is wilder and more competitive than ever. The scenes are saturated, thousands and thousands of talented artists are fighting to find their place. The algorithm based consumption and the “social” music festivals are highlighting things that have noting to do with music as an art form. And don’t get me wrong, music should not be complicated (for no valid reason), pretentious or elitist. It should be honest, emotional, cerebral, accessible, mysterious, straightforward, moving etc. But, still, it should be mainly presented (and hopefully received) as a form of creation and communication, not as a background noise.
Can you reveal some future projects to us?
I am working at a new full album that will be released later this year. It will be a blend of two story paths and ways of approaching the sound. I hope I will get something moving and very alive out of it. I will be called MEKANIKARU+URAL. Also a new EP, in a different style named UMWELT, with no drums and quite a bit of hidden sound layers.
What makes you happy?
As an artist, the true connection with the listeners. Straight away, in a live act, or indirectly, on the digital platforms or radios. Music is a two way bridge all the time.
That bothers you?
When numbers, money and business are the only things that matter
Written by: Alejandro Serrano