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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Pillar Point

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Throw Me the Statue member Scott Reitherman, now musically known as Pillar Point, released his debut album this week. The nine tracks on the release are smooth, with electronic beats that are much more uplifting than the lyrical content.

“Writing darker songs with dance elements helped me to process the confusion and change I was experiencing in my own life because within the confines of a pop song I could control little moments of clarity and redemption,” Reitherman says. “And for the listener it adds depth to what might otherwise be just dance music.”

Pillar Point is available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp for $8.

The Spec interviewed Pillar Point about the album and upcoming plans, read what the Seattle-based musician had to say, below…

Tell us a little about yourself…
Seattle by way of the coast of California. Pisces. Locked in a pretty out there jazz phase right now, but I can feel it warming to a dub phase.

How long have you been making music?
I started in middle school, so I guess 20 years.

Who/what are your influences?
Pop music of all kinds. On this Pillar Point record though I’ve been influenced by folks like LCD, Hot Chip, Pet Shop Boys, Brian Eno, Michael and Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Junior Boys, Handsome Furs, Suicide, Jellybean Benitez.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
Every song is my child and I could never pick one, but I am pleased with where “Cherry” ended up. It was the last song to get made and I think it drove a few of the album’s lingering nails, that I’d been trying to make contact with, solidly into the floorboards.

Was it easier or harder to produce a solo album? How so?
Actually, a very talented man by the name of Charlie Smith produced this album. He’s an old bandmate of mine from Throw Me the Statue and now he’s producing and recording people’s albums at Studio Nels in Seattle. We worked closely for a long time on this record there and at Avast Studios in Seattle, and when you’re making a solo record it is my advice that you find a trusted partner in crime to produce the recordings. Only the deepest of psychopaths can really produce their own songs well. If you’re looking to make a good record the right way, you should contact Charlie.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Right now, I’m developing the live show with my Pillar Point bandmates. Jarred Grimes is playing drums and Jordan Evans is playing many, many keyboards. It’s a very rewarding challenge to take this music from the record to the live environment. Deciding what key parts will get focused on and what decorative elements will get left behind. I really enjoy building new transitional moments between songs so that the show flows continuously.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Perhaps a librarian or a park ranger. Maybe I’d try my hand at writing.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
The ones that keep going.

Why do you make music?
I have absolutely no idea why I make music, but every time a new song passes through me I am so thankful that this is what I am here to do.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
I think it’s important that we be kind to animals. Also, go Seahawks.

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