BY JOE RYAN
Photo by Christine McKenna
Tyrin Kelly makes experimental synthesizer-driven music under the name Lovecraft and also performs as part of the band Spell. Lovecraft’s next release is called Healer and will be available this summer. The album will be a mix of experimental compositions and pop songs. For Healer, Tyrin has taken the time blend his childhood instrument of choice, drums, with modular synth sounds. Tyrin’s ambition stretches beyond musicianship as he seriously considers how to meld audio visual experiences in a way that challenges him and wows anyone watching.
What’s motivating you artistically right now?
I think time. I’m really young; I’m 18 years old. The stuff I’m making right now is different from what people have heard, from what’s on the Internet. So I’m 18 and the stuff that I’m making is intriguing me a lot. If I keep doing this then I don’t even know . . . it kind of scares me a little bit with what could happen in even two or three years.
I feel like there’s a gun to my head and I just got to do it. Especially since I’m out of school.
How does your identity impact your art?
I am very superstitious. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I think spirituality and individuality are what my life revolves around. Honestly what I’m doing now is just what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. I would see all my family going to work and coming home and going to work. Living today for tomorrow. They were all tired and grumpy and I knew from a young age I couldn’t do that.
Even this year being in an intensive, practical, professional field [journalism] in university made me depressed. I can’t think of another word. It literally made depressed to go to school everyday and not be creative. Not doing something I liked.
Is your family understanding of your need to create?
Yeah, definitely. Some don’t really understand but my dad is probably the big reason I started making music. He’s the reason I started playing synthesizers when I was 15. I remember walking home from school and he texted me, “There’s a synthesizer at home I got it for a project you can play around with it.”
I didn’t know what it was. I went home and started playing with it, oh my god. It was just crazy. I played with it and played with it. I didn’t start actually getting into it until last year.
Most Underrated part of Ottawa?
I think it is real easy to stand out. If you have a vision … a lot of people are trying to do the same thing and I am not trying to do the same thing. I’ve always enjoyed sticking out. I’m just thinking music-wise, I don’t know much else. That’s a hard question.
Let’s move on to an easier question then. Favourite breakfast food?
Who doesn’t like waffles. I’ve always wanted a waffle iron but they are expensive.
What do you think we can learn from teens?
I think having a drive. Every young person I know who is creative and has done stuff is really driven. I appreciate seeing that because I see it in myself. Not being like “I’m going to do this and be like oh it’s too hard, that’s too far fetched, that’s impossible, I can’t do that.” I fucking hate that.
Is skateboarding cool?
I used to skateboard a lot when I was little. I was going down a hill when I was 12 and I fell badly. I skinned [my leg] and have scars all along my butt. Skateboarding is okay but I’m not into it anymore.
Can mullets ever come back?
Mullets never left. I would have a mullet . . . maybe in another life.
Not in this life?