Examiner recently had the opportunity to talk to Des Moines indie recording artist Keith Lynch, aka Unknown Component. Lynch writes, records, performs, and promotes all his own music. He records each instrument on each of his albums. He is literally a one-man band.
Examiner: What’s it like writing, recording, and performing completely solo?
Lynch: Positively speaking, it’s very unregulated. I can really utilize any idea or style that I like. I don’t feel as though there are any restrictions creatively.
Examiner: Do you ever think about what it would be like to have the sound of a full band behind you when you perform live?
Lynch: Sure, it would probably be helpful in some situations. I’ve played with a band before and for live situations it does add another element to the sound. But when I’m in the studio, I prefer to write and record independently; it just seems to work better that way. As technology continues to improve, I hope to be able to create a live performance that creates an experience comparable to that of a full band.
Examiner: Describe Unknown Component’s sound, both on your albums and live.
Lynch: Philosophic, alternative, pop, rock with a bit of electronica.
Examiner: What was it like having one your songs, “Set to Begin”, used in a movie?
Lynch: I was really excited to hear that they wanted to use the song for the end credits of the film “The 4th Life”. Francois Miron is very well regarded in the independent, underground film community, and I was really impressed with his work on the cover of the Arcade Fire album “Neon Bible”. So, needless to say, I was more than happy to contribute a song to the film soundtrack.
Examiner: Tell my readers about your latest album.
Lynch: Well my latest album titled “The Infinite Definitive” was released in 2010 and featured songs like “Electric Dissolution”, “Moving Out Of Frame”, and “When The Illusion Is What It Seems”. I’ll be releasing a new album in 2012, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Examiner: When you aren’t recording or performing your own music, who do you listen to?
Lynch: Everything and anything I can find. There is more music available to listen to now than there ever has been in the past (at least as far back as recorded history goes). So, it’s really created a new era of musicians who can find influence in a wider variety of music than ever before. Hopefully something new can be created from that opportunity.
Examiner: Tell my readers about what you are working on right now (recording, tour dates, etc.)
Lynch: I’m currently working on completing the new album, and I’ll be playing a string of shows at Orlondo’s in Des Moines on Saturday nights in December (12/3, 12/10, and 12/17). The shows will start at 8:30 pm.
Examiner: Where can fans buy your music and follow your work?
Lynch: The best place to buy music is either at www.unknowncomponent.com or on iTunes. Anyone interested can follow the news and updates at www.twitter.com/unknowncomp or www.facebook.com/unknowncomp.
Examiner: What is next for Keith Lynch and Unknown Component?
Lynch: I’m looking forward to the new album release in 2012, and I’m excited to see the reaction to the new songs. The new album is moving in a new direction, and I’m interested in seeing where that takes the project.