From the piano to pc, this artist knew the definition of passion.
When he was 6 years old, Crayton Mortel found a piano in a dumpster, he carried it on his shoulders and he started to play the piano in several gospel and death metal bands. After his severe misanthropy diagnosis, he understood that the only way to play music alone was to play the computer. In 2013 he went again a garbage dump and luckily he found a brand new pc. (research via Crayton Mortel-Facebook)
We caught up with Crayton to talk about his journey and his latest work. Enjoy!
BWJ: You started in music at an early age, how did you get started?
CM: I started playing music pretty much like any other nerd would. During the first year of primary school, when I was about 5 or 6, my parents had me take piano lessons. Then, little by little, I took up other instruments and eventually I walked my first steps into the land of computer music and that was the beginning of the end.
BWJ: We really love your latest tracks “Blossoms” and “The Third Night.” What was your inspiration for these great tracks?
CM: I came up with these two tracks at around the same time, and for both it was the vocal line that came first, and the rest followed shortly. It’s entirely plausible that they both sound slightly vintage, as I was very much into old prog albums at the time, so I might have put some oldie-inspired stuff here and there.
BWJ: We always ask our guests two important questions. The first is: “What does the word ‘passion’ mean for you in your life?”
CM: The first word that comes to mind is “undefined”. As odd as it may seem, I find my freedom in composing through getting rid of pre-established models.
BWJ: Fantastic. The second is “what does the word ‘purpose’ mean to you?”
CM: “Purpose” is the urge to reach for a potential achievement while treasuring and learning from what is scattered along the way.
BWJ: What is the advice you can share with our community about how to start and maintain a life of living your dreams?
CM: No idea, but I’ll certainly tell you as soon as I find out.
Brian Westley Johnson is the managing editor-in-chief of Soulivity Magazine, an online magazine-journal which reaches over 150K people monthly across the globe. For over 25 years, Brian has spent his life traveling the world as a business development professional using his skills and demonstrable expertise in sales and marketing strategy and execution to assist enterprising medium and large organizations in achieving growth targets. Now, he has dedicated his life to a new mission – to support everyone in living their highest quality life with passion, purpose, and joy.