Singer-Songwriter Surge Releases New EP + Interview

We had the opportunity to speak with singer-songwriter Surge, who has just released his debut self-titled EP. Get to know this up and coming indie artist in our interview with him below.

Let’s start off by getting to know where the name Surge came from? So, the name “surge” is just a nickname I have been using since I barely knew how to walk..quite popular of a name actually around the globe..every country has different variants of it. I just spell it my way (he smiles).

Where were you born and where do you reside now? 
Well, I’m not really comfortable saying where i was born b/c it makes me look like something I am not.. but I was born in a some small town in the soviet Union and I do not identify as a European fully. If i had to identify with a culture I would probably be a crossover between a Native American and a Barbarian lol But I’m a mix of Polish, Jewish, Ukrainian and God only knows what else.. I self identify as an American since I have been living in New York since I was not even a year old. Honestly I feel like the world is my home and I don’t really belong anywhere, but I do have to say that the American Spirit is what feels like family. If you think about it, its all the same, and by “It” I mean the people. We all want the same types of things from and of life.

When did you realize that you wanted to be in the music industry?
I don’t know when exactly, music is just the first way I learned how to express my thoughts. If I had more money I would be blowing up the internet with new high quality songs every day lol. At my core I am an idea guy and I enjoy to create things, I get super excited about merging sounds together and producing something new or different. its cool and makes me feel alive.

What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town? My fondest memories revolve around the beauty in and of simplicity that I have and hope to observe in the future. Musically I love to wake up in the summer morning and listen to the birds sing as I sip my coffee..

Is there anyone in your family that you can credit as being instrumental in your decision to go into the music field? No not really, where I come from it is looked down upon to follow your passions and pursue any kind of creative or rather artistic endeavor. That’s why I always want to be evolved in the arts, because what the sub-culture that I came from failed to see is that the arts are one of the more important things that people do and have done since the beginning of time. Music is one of the purest ways one can express themselves. There’s art in everything, sound in everything, but making music is just the purest form of the other things we the people do. I’m not just trying to make music, I’m trying to express what I truly feel; and believe me I know its a bit tough to understand me with 4 songs but given the opportunity, I would like to show ya’ll what I really can make because believe me this EP is only about 50% of what I can do if I get the chance to truly cultivate my abilities.

Is there anyone in the music industry that inspired you to go after your dreams of being a singer? My dream is not to be a singer, I just enjoy making music and I have a lot to say so I choose to express myself lyrically.. usually (Laughing). My real dream is to contribute somehow to bettering the human experience in this thing called “life.” Hopefully I’m not being to philosophical here (smiling), but I will say that there’s a lot of awesome musicians / songwriters out there that I really love. I listen to it all; from nature sounds to screamo, I love to mix it up. The mentality of “mixing it up” probably came from the American way of life because we as a nation are all about mixing it up, in every way. Right now I like listening to the majestic casual station of YouTube, pretty chill stuff.

Aside from singing do you play any instruments? Yes. I play the piano, guitar, saxophone, and synth products. I would really love to learn a handful of other instruments but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the time to do so correctly. Maybe someday I will release acoustic versions of my tracks I don’t know.

If you had the opportunity, who would you want to collaborate with and why? Oh boy… hmm… I don’t know honestly, whoever is all about innovation, saying something that is real… quality, and I guess is a good soul. I want to partner with people who seek to build this world up not make a mess of it.

Do you write your own music? If so, do you include your own personal experiences? Of course, I write my music, lyrics,etc.. some of the stuff is philosophical, some of it should be taken at face value and yet other tracks are allegorial statements. I’ve been writing music since the first time I touched an instrument. First song I ever played was my own, and hopefully some day I will have way more songs out there than just an EP.

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Tell us about your inspiration for your debut EP “Surge.” My inspiration… I guess I just wanted to express my feelings, thoughts, concerns, and experiences with others, hoping that maybe someone out there wouldn’t feel as lonely knowing they weren’t the only ones going threw a similar experience. I’m all about people. I don’t know if you noticed yet lol

Why did you decide to make this project only a digital release? Well a few reasons, one of which is that I had to pay for everything and it would be tough to do it correctly with a physical copy and the other main reason is that I was hoping that if this EP is a little bit successful I will try to have it re-released in autumn with a few additional tracks, commercially.

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