Tutara Peak

Interview: Tutara Peak Opens Up about ‘Radiance’ and Comfort Limits

Avant-garde producer and artist Tutara Peak, aka Harvey Carter, recently released his three-track collection of songs, Radiance, highlighted by a brand-new single, “Trident & Torch,” via Alpha Pup.

Blending experimental electronica with tints of shoegaze, Radiance parades Tutara Peak’s gift for amalgamating various styles of music into intoxicating concoctions, at once compelling and alluring.

Talking about “Trident & Torch,” Tutara Peak shares, “Having recently got into modular synthesis, ‘Trident & Torch’ started as an off-grid synth jam. I started noticing a lot of natural rhythms in the off-grid sounds which began forming a 3/4 time signature. Layering over the initial synth sounds with guitar, the track eventually started taking shape. This song represents an evolution of my sound into the unknown. Heavily influenced by post-rock, I wanted to experiment to see how sounds from that genre could fit into a track like this. The grander concept of the track is a tease of my 3rd EP, currently in the works.”

Born in the Southwestern countryside of the United Kingdom, employs a diverse variety of organic and electronic sounds, crafting dramatic narrative journeys through dynamic compositions.

CelebMix spoke with Tutara Peak to discover more about the person behind the music, the inspiration for Radiance, and how his music reflects his passion.

Thanks for joining us. For those who may not know you, who is Tutara Peak?

Thanks for having me! Tutara Peak is my creative alias as an artist and collaborator.

You’ve recently released your new Radiance EP and we’ve really enjoyed the listen. Can you shed some light on the inspiration behind the EP?

Glad you enjoyed it. The EP (or sampler as I like to refer to it as) was originally 3 separate songs that were just gonna be released as standalone singles, but we had the idea of linking them all to my future works. Since my last EP, I haven’t released much new music, spending my time working on lots of new ideas to tide me over for the next 2 years. ‘Radiance’ is a taster of these new ideas, and I couldn’t be prouder to unveil it.

What would you say was the most challenging aspect of actually finishing Radiance?

I don’t think finishing it was much of a challenge however coming up with a unique purpose to release it was tough. We didn’t want to put out singles just because they were ready, being sat on loads of music I figured they could honor this new music by being teasers of what’s to come.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned to date as a musician?

You can’t flourish as an artist if you stick within your comfort limits.

Tell us more about the “Colour and Pattern” visual. What was it like to have your twin brother in it with you?

It was awesome, a bit of a flashback in a way. We grew up playing music together in bands but as we both took different vocations, our time performing alongside each other occurred less. He came to me one day and said he wants to play some more gigs but not just playing bass like he used to do, so I suggested we do a music video together and see how it goes – it ended up being a lot of fun!

So your music doesn’t necessarily fit within a genre. Is this intentional or did it happen organically?

Not intentional at all, I find that if you purposefully try to stay away from being in a genre it can kind of sound confusing or pretentious but that’s just my opinion. I’ve been inspired by various genres throughout my life which have struck certain chords emotionally (pun) that I’ve tried to recreate within my music. The beauty of modern electronic music is it’s a very genre-blurring medium that still allows boundless expressionism. This is what I love about it and probably why I make it. I get that some people find it difficult to fully appreciate an artist if they don’t occupy a particular musical space however, I feel that if there aren’t artists that try to be themselves and create work that sits in between the lines then art and culture don’t move forward.

How do you set yourself apart from the endless mass of music that releases on a daily/weekly basis? Is that something that concerns you at all?

Doesn’t concern me one bit, however, I think it’s very important to understand why music is now released so frequently. While I don’t particularly work within trends, I do find it helpful to understand them. I’ve always understood the Tutara Peak project as a slow burner, it will take longer to reach my goals this way, but I feel it makes the journey more meaningful – seeing people that are already devoted to my music at this stage gives me so much confidence with this project.

Do you consider yourself more of an artist or a producer? Or both?

Artist for sure. I also produce however I find myself within almost anything I do, and I believe that’s typical of an artist.

If you could disappear to any place on earth with a focus on making music, where would you go and why?

Probably Takeyama, Japan. That place is so special to me and being able to create music there would be a dream.

Last but certainly not least, what is a quote that you live by?

“I find the harder I work, the more luck I have” – Thomas Jefferson.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.