Com Truise: “The word ‘chillwave’ shouldn’t be a death knell for an artist.”
Com Truise: “The word ‘chillwave’ shouldn’t be a death knell for an artist.”
Aaron Richter

All the Right Moves

You may cringe at the thought of more chillwave infiltrating your eardrums, and we don't blame you. It seems like more and more artists are using airy melodies filled with incomprehensible lyrics, making it hard to distinguish one track or musician from the next.

Thankfully, there's Com Truise, whose incredibly creative work has landed him a remix on Daft Punk's upcoming TRON: LECACY R3CONFIGUR3D — the official remix compilation of the TRON: LEGACY soundtrack. As if his name isn't cool enough, this New Jersey-based electronic artist and designer is releasing his next album on the acclaimed Ghostly International label. The work of a truly imaginative mind, Com Truise's music represents the finest of the new-school East Coast beat scene.

Throw away any chillwave prejudice you may have by checking the interview below, where Truise explains his weird name, his thoughts on chillwave and why he prefers playing real synths to using a laptop.


Com Truise

With Active Child, 8 p.m. Saturday, September 3, at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838 or

Chatter: What was a defining moment that inspired you to get into producing/DJing?

Com Truise: Around 1997, I saw the video for "Block Rockin' Beats" by the Chemical Brothers on MTV. I was blown away — that's what really made me want to create music.

C: Okay, so we must know. Why call yourself "Com Truise"?

CT: It started out as a joke between friends, and I decided to stick with it. People either love it or hate it. "Com Truise" has become more than just the name of the project, though; it's a character I've created whose story is being told through the music.

C: Also, you've been known to have quite a few aliases like Airliner, Sarin Sunday and SYSTM. Why so many?

CT: I think it stems from being a visual artist. I love branding, when done right. I like separation, so it just seemed like a good idea at the time, to create different little boxes for my projects.

C: Some people describe your style as "chillwave," although there seems to be a major overload of chillwave artists these days. What's your take on that?

CT: What's "chillwave"? There has definitely been a huge influx of artists doing that particular style over the past two years, but I think there has been some great music coming out of it as well. The word "chillwave" shouldn't be a death knell for an artist. Anyway, I make electronic music.

C: How would you describe it?

CT: Electronic music for the nostalgic individual. Or a soundtrack to an epic film that has not been made yet.

C: You seem to be quite the master at synths. What's so appealing about them to you?

CT: It's a certain connection. It's like, you can make the same, if not relatively close to the same sounds, using a computer. But that same computer is checking your e-mail, surfing the Web, etc. When I use a hardware synth, I'm on a different planet, alone and in control. I think that's what really does it for me.

C: The art in videos like "Fairlight" is really quite like a kaleidoscope. How much do visuals come into play for your music?

CT: Being that I work in the creative industry, visual reflection is a huge part of my life. For the most part, I didn't have much to do with any of the videos for my songs currently circulating the Web. I'd like to create my own motion graphics for my live show, but I just have to find the time to do it.


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