Behind The Shield 002 - Joshua Bornais [IPISOM]
JOSHUA BORNAIS P/K/A IPSIOM [He/Him] – Based in Ontario, Canada, IPSIOM is a music producer and DJ who brings forth his own innovative style to the electronic music scene. With authenticity, integrity, and creativity being the essence of his project, I wanted to know more of what happens in the mind of this talented creative.
After being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder a few years ago, he’s had to adapt and find new methods of coping to get his work done. With a strong support system, he’s been able to maneuver through the downsides of the music scene with grace.
Hoping to see positive change within the music industry, we are excited to share pieces of IPSIOM’s journey with all of you.
Q. Why are you an artist?
A. I'm an artist because I simply love to create. I discovered music production during my communications class when I was 14 and fell in love with it. Music is a way for me to not only express myself but also create my own worlds and visions through each song.
Q. What makes you passionate about music?
A. Music has always been a big part of my life and has helped me get through the toughest times. I come from a very musical family; my dad is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer and my mother is a lover of all things music. That passion rubbed off on me at a young age. When I have free time, I love to just put on some music on and let it take me away. It's hard to explain, but music means everything to me.
Q. What would you say is the “harsh reality” of being an artist?
A. In order to be successful, you have to sacrifice many things. For example, I love making a large variety of different styles of music, but as an artist, it's best to stick to 1 specific style or vision in order to be successful. This is a harsh reality that I'm extremely frustrated with and combat on a regular basis. I just want to release what I want, how I want, whenever I want, but you really can't, and many don't understand that.
Q. When facing challenging moments, what helps you stay on track with your IPSIOM project?
A. I work pretty quickly, so even if I spend months working on other styles of music, I always have a very large pool of unreleased music to keep the project going in the meantime. My inspirations and moods change daily but having a large amount of unreleased helps me stay focused. That, and a strict release schedule.
Q. Do you experience stress or anxiety before a performance? If so, how do you cope with that?
A. Absolutely! I have generalized anxiety disorder (was diagnosed a few years ago) so any type of stressful moment like a performance can trigger lots of anxieties. I mostly cope by distracting myself, talking to others, or trying to convince myself everything will be ok. Listening to relaxing music helps a lot too.
Q. What kind of changes would you like to see in our industry that could positively impact artists and the state of their mental health?
A. The rate that artists are expected to release music these days and the lack of acceptance for variety and experimental projects are things that really needs to change. Since bass music has far too many cooks in the kitchen, it's extremely tough to not only build a career, but remain relevant once you start gaining some traction. I'd love it if artists were able to truly experiment, think outside of the box, and make music for the love of it rather than trying to remain relevant. I don't really know if that change can be possible but if enough artists get on this it certainly could be. Too many get burned out to the point where music may not be as enjoyable anymore. I could go on and on about this.
Q. What methods have you found most effective in coping with your mental health when it’s at a low?
A. Disconnecting and staying off Google are the big parts. My brain tends to think of worse case scenarios rather than realistic scenarios and go figure, so does Google. Staying away from technology and spending time with my wife or listening to music is the most effective way I've found to cope with my mental health.
Q. Can you name 3 people who have made your life better this past year?
A. My wife, and my 2 best friends Jay (who's also my manager) and Ryan. My wife has been my best friend and number 1 support throughout our entire relationship. She's truly my better half and there's no one I'd rather spend the rest of my life with. Then my 2 friends are always available to shoot a message to when I'm struggling; They don't judge, they're always willing to listen and provide insight which is invaluable in friendship.
Q. What’s a valuable life lesson you’ve learned recently?
A. Be adaptable and always have a backup plan! If covid has taught me anything, it's that things can collapse at the blink of an eye and you have to be willing to adapt. I threw away any dream of being a touring artist full time and now will never even consider leaving my job for music (that’s become my top priority besides my family and faith). This is my way of adapting to the current climate. Things may not go as planned, and that's perfectly ok.
Q. What’s a song that makes you happy?
A. Probably ‘The Saltwater Room’ by Owl City. That song always puts a smile on my face.
Q. To wrap things up, please share one mental health-resource of your choice and let us know why you chose it: A. My resource isn't a typical resource as I typically recommend professional therapy or counseling with a licensed professional. But, years ago, I learned that I connect mostly with audio and listening to something calming can really help soothe my anxiety. The resource I'm including is a song that's been researched and proven by licensed professionals to help calm anxieties. From personal experience, I can confirm that listening to this song regularly is a therapeutic experience. The song is called ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union. It's truly been a song that's helped me get through some very dark times. I've also attached my research sources backing up this song.
- The song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcAVejslrU
We want to thank Josh for his time and willingness to open-up about his personal experiences. He is an absolute powerhouse of a music producer and we look forward to hearing more of his work (no matter the genre).
“Mental health is a #1 priority, always.” -Steph.