Producer from Split Checks releases his first solo project

Alex Casillas | Banner | Ethan Clancy, California Baptist University alumnus, sets up his equipment on stage under the lights and prepares for his set.

Ethan Anderson, California Baptist University alumnus, has recently released music in a solo project after his appearance in Split Checks.

Split checks is a production company put together by CBU alumni in 2016 made up of a group of graphic designers, photographers and music producers.

Anderson worked with Jake Aldaco, senior graphic design major, McKay Vandenberg, CBU alumnus, and Alex Casillas, former CBU student.

It was the initial collaboration of the four artists that encouraged Anderson to pursue music on his own.

“When I started doing music, I didn’t know what to call myself so I just used my first and middle name and rebrand- ed myself a few months ago as Ethan Clancy,” Anderson said.

Anderson released his first extended play “Unconscious” Aug. 31 with four new tracks.

“With dropping my new EP and rebranding, I wanted everything to feel dark and caved visually with lots of purples and blues,” Anderson said when describing his vision for his logo and album cover.n “There was a lot of thought that went into it and a lot of what I’ve done came from what I learned at CBU.”

Anderson said his vision for himself as an artist and the con- tent he wants to provide for listeners has changed directions over time.

“It’s always changing. When I first started, I was really into more future-bass stuff and now it’s more mid-tempo, half-time drum and bass. It started off really wide and gets narrower and narrower,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he is most heavily influenced by artists such as Porter Robinson, Nero and Justice.

“Technically, my music is mid-tempo genre, which is anywhere from 85 to around 100 beats per minute.”

Anderson said he depended on this personal project and he enjoyed the creative outlet it provided.

“If it wasn’t fun I wouldn’t be doing it. Obviously, it gets frustrating sometimes when you’re beating your head against a wall trying to get an idea to work but it’s a big creative outlet for me. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be doing something else creative,” Anderson said.

“Music is the best form of art because of how it affects people. When you have a story to tell with music, its impactful; it’s a journey.”

Anderson said he is only just beginning his journey with music and plans to put out more content in the following months.

“I would love to do a music video and I have a lot of cool ideas for something heavily animated, but I want it to be perfect and I don’t have the means to do it right now. I’m just wait- ing until the time is right,” Anderson said. “I want to tell a story with music and even though I don’t have lyrics, I’m going to be working with vocals soon.”

Fans can follow Anderson at EthanClancy_ on Twitter or at EthanClancy on Instagram for updates and listen to his EP on Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud.

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