1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Daniel Gray. I make music as MPSO. My music is vaguely ambient, low-key, vulnerable, pop music.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Accepting my strengths and limitations and not being too frustrated when I hear music in my head that I can’t summon on to tape exactly as I imagine it.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Form Arcosanti seems amazing. I’d love to play that someday.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Playing on a couple of records that were released by Sub Pop as part of the group Memoryhouse and playing great shows while touring with them.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
My parents playing music to me as a kid and their music careers.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Bjork or Neil Young.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
9. What’s your favorite book?
Not sure what my favourite book of all time is but recently it’s Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
Watch films and TV, play video games, drink beer or wine, play with cats, watch and play hockey.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
See #7. Also Steve Reich, the late Henryk Górecki, Stars of the Lid, Phil Elverum, the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Grimes, Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid).
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Do what feels right to you. Just because others are going about it a certain way doesn’t mean you have to too. There are no rules.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can follow MPSO on Twitter at @M_P_S_O, and be sure to check him out on iTunes and Spotify!