Let’s start there. Because this is no ordinary article and it’s certainly not about ordinary music.
In addition to his EP album titled NaCl, now available on iTunes, Cayman native Brett McTaggart, aka “Susky”, has a new release (music/video) that he produced and recorded around some of the disturbing themes – and highlights – of Grand Cayman.
Though admittedly inspired by the “bad news” he saw on TV – a rise in crime, development that could potentially be harmful to the environment – Brett is no doom-and-gloom kind of guy. “Good things inspire me, too,” he tells Weekender, “but it [the ‘bad news’] just hit me all at once.”
He came back to his island home recently after completing his degree in recording arts from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, close to Orlando, and immediately got to work on the consoles in his studio.
The result is a creative video featuring original electronic music and fish-eye filming of local scenes in a song titled Motions (Save Cayman), prominently featured on his website (and on iTunes). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, so Brett hopes to have more than a pocketful of change when he shows up to make the donation. The whole enterprise ties together his passions for music, for the Island where he grew up and surfed and played on the beaches and for the technology he relies on to enhance his creative endeavours.
He also has a new EP album, NaCl, with five songs, which he states on his website include: “Wobble Bass/dubstep, four on floor, alternative/progressive rock, ambient feels, some odd time signatures. It takes you through the journey of different life encounters and some of the things that Susky often thinks about. It’s all about self- discovery, and I hope you all can relate.”
Got it? Good. Because in some ways, “Susky” says, he’s still figuring it out.
He started out playing electric guitar with his cousin and a group of friends.
“Then there was no drummer, so I became a drummer,” he says. “We would write our own music…mostly progressive alternative rock and play at some house parties.”
He earned a degree in computer science from UCCI, then decided he wanted to get into engineering, so off he went (with his government scholarship) to Full Sail.
Then, last month, as he was cruising around online to catch up on the local news, he was inspired to create Motions.
Now, he and a close friend are getting ready to start their own production company, an indie electronica-type gig, with some commercial productions to help pay the bills. In the meantime, while waiting for his bud to arrive back on island, McTaggart is writing music.
“I enjoy Cayman, so I can’t really complain about anything, except maybe the Internet speed and the lack of equipment [on island],” he says. What does he love? The weather, the ocean, surfing, diving. (All the things Weekender loves, coincidentally.)
As for the music he and his friend will produce: “I want everything to be as real as possible,” he says. “We’re longtime friends, we’ve filmed each other, gone skateboarding together, he’s into filmmaking and I’m into music.” Another friend will join them, and the trio will focus on doing it right, with great audio and “proper HD,” he says.
Also on the futures list: possibly some live shows and a documentary.
“I want to do something that’s a little bit on the edge, something that has a little bit of a shock value,” he says with a smile, and maybe with a grain of salt.
For more information, visit http://www.suskymusic.com/home.html or www.facebook.com/suskymusic