Alex Botwin has only been an electronic music artist -- under the moniker Paper Diamond -- since January of 2011. But in that short time he's developed a following, a reputation and a philosophy that the sky's the limit for making music in that genre.
"It's been quite a whirlwind of a year..pretty much a constant flow of working in music and traveling," says Botwin, 28, a Kansas City native who studied music and computer art at Middle Tennessee State University before dropping out to dedicated himself full-time to the craft.
"I've been playing instruments since I was four years old and have been in bands. When I heard electronic music I was hooked. It's really cool because anyone can make music on their computer right now. It's pretty free for people to make a sound and have a voice. I just hope what I do is an inspiration for anyone...to be like, 'Wow, this is really dope. I'm gonna start making music myself.' "
Paper Diamond's output so far includes an EP, "Levitate," and some singles, including the new "Better Things." Now based in Boulder, Colo., he's also done some remixes -- most recently "Same Old Song" for The Weeknd [cq] -- but his real goal is to blend music and visual art, both still and animated, into a combined effort that he may achieve with his upcoming new EP, "Paragon."
"The artwork is finished," Botwin reports. "I've got a great designer from New York, Nook, and then a character designer based out of Denver, Josh Holland, who's doing all the singles covers. So between the characters and the backgrounds on the EP covers, I can combine everything into videos and animations, etc.
"It's cool because every one of us are fans of each other. We're all interested in working together, so everyone is coming together to do this one big thing, Paper Diamond. Ultimately I pick these people because we do something together that I think we can take to the next level. It's very exciting."
Paper Diamond performs Saturday, Jan. 21, at the iLounge in Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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