TERR on Tale of Devotion, Music Production and Industry Challenges (Ep.16)
Interview: TERR on Tale of Devotion, Music Production and Industry Challenges
From Brazil to Berlin and from Punk to Electronic music. Today’s guest, TERR has a wealth of industry experience from her time as half of the duo ‘Digitaria’ to founding her own record label ‘Clash Lion’. Now taking the rains as a solo artist and as of this week releasing ’Tale of Devotion’ on Phantasy, she is sharing her signature sound with more people than ever. In today’s Your Music Industry podcast, we talk about her new record, her approach to music production and her music industry challenges.
A little bit about TERR...
Terr is the project of Daniela Caldellas, a Berlin-based DJ-producer who grew up in Brazil’s Belo Horizonte. After spending her earlier years playing guitar in several punk bands, she asked her friends to teach he the basics of “computer music” only to unearth an infatuation with electronic production at the age of 19. “Electronic music allowed me to bring to life the sounds that I had in my mind,” she says. “It has no boundaries; I could bring to life all that I could imagine.” She then spent the ensuing 12 months researching new techniques, becoming a “studio freak,” while investing in the necessary analog gear to realise these sonic ideas.
Terr was born in 2016 as Caldellas’ first solo project. Its name stems from the 1970’s film “Fantastic Planet”: Terr is the name of the main human character. The debut release, a three-track EP titled Burn the Past, landed on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings, followed in early 2017 with Misantropicalia — which “extended Terr's musical horizons,” Caldellas explains. More recently, she returned to the label with Midnight, a two-tracker featuring a remix by Tuff City Kids. Her sound blends techno, electro, and house with electro-futuristic textures and analog sounds.
Recently, Caldellas has set up her own label Clash Lion, alongside Shall Ocin and Daniel Watts. The label broke through instantly with the first release seeing Maetrik’s resurgence in a number of years, aptly named the ‘Return EP’. Since then the label has seen numerous artists pass through the gates including ANNA, Shall Ocin and more.
In 2018 Caldellas released ‘Dust’ on Clash Lion with remixes from Curses, Cardopusher and fellow label founder, Daniel Watts. The same year also saw the release of two solid EP’s on both Permanent Vacation and Correspondant, respectively. All 3 EP’s have gained Caldellas recognition and support across the Electronic music spectrum, being played globally and constantly being charted by other artists driving the message that Terr is a name to be remembered.
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