For the last seven years, Seth Haley has been telling his android astronaut story through his Com Truise moniker. The LA-based producer has been orbiting around the world sharing the exploits of his robot voyager. Arching over three albums and a handful of singles and EPs, Com Truise concluded 2017 with Iteration, released on Ghostly International. So we decided to catch up with Seth during his quick European tour to reflect on life back on Earth, dealing with burnout and what the future holds.

Last night you played a live show and an after party, how have you learnt to deal with burnout whilst on the road?

Vitamin tablets! No I mean I usually just power through. The past couple of days have been a lot of early flights. This run is only seven shows, which isn’t bad. Last year I did close to 180 shows and that was too much. Somehow I find the strength and power through but I don’t really have a routine.

Last year's Iteration concluded your Com Truise android astronaut story, how does it feel looking back at the story?

Kinda crazy! I tend to listen to music a lot when I fly. Sometimes I listen to the music and think where exactly was my mind when I was writing certain songs. I find it interesting that I can see and hear my own personal progression and personality and how it has affected my music. Being that the music is based on a fictional story for the most part I definitely can see parts of my life have penetrated the defences I put up to tell a fictional story.

Did you have an idea where you wanted to take the narrative at the beginning, or was it more intuitive?

It formed over time. I would write a couple of paragraphs of short stories that all congealed together at the end. 'The Cyanide Sisters' was not based on this for the most part. 'Galactic Melt' was really developed by me trying to find a way to write about something fictional and less about me.

How much of Seth Haley is in Com Truise? And now how much of Com Truise is in Seth Haley?

Like I said, my personal life worked its way into the music, there’s a few tracks that I wrote about personal experiences but few and far between. I have a hard time converting those ‘me’ feelings into something. I really don’t like the results right of the bat and a lot of that happens down the line. It’s interesting to think about the last seven years and it’s pretty amazing to feel like an astronaut now.

Music has made me feel a little bit robotic. Like an android, I came from a small town and I’d never travelled and I worked in advertising. Music really took of for me and I never expected any of this. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve gained from all of this, all of the travelling and meeting people all over the world. It’s interesting to try and sum up who I am now.

Music aside, the artwork you made for Com Truise has always been on-point, what inspires you graphically?

Old designers like Herb Lubalin and Peter Saville, also simplicity and geometric stuff. I wanted to make something that was very sectional as far as the other records were compartmentalised.

The fan video for ‘Of Your Fake Dimension’ was really well made, how doe it feel seeing your fans go to such effort?

It’s wild to me, last night I was talking to a couple of guys and we talking bout all the fan videos. They had thought I was involved in it. No, people just took and ran with it. A lot of people have made videos and really nailed it. With my music, I have my story but that’s for me to stay in a guideline so it’s very open to interpretation. People take parts of the narrative and find it inspiring and give it its own spin too.

The video for ‘Of Your Fake Dimension’ was pretty crazy. The guy who made it reached out saying that he’d made it and didn’t want anything except producer credits and he’s trying to build his portfolio and it looks really professional and was blown away when I saw it.

A lot of Apollo mission astronauts talked about being lost after completing their missions in space, how do you feel now at the end of your Com Truise journey?

I’m excited to work on some different stuff and try some other avenues I’d like to score films and do more production for other artists. I’m always going to write my own stuff but at fir,st it was hard to deal with feedback from the universe and sometimes it’s hard to let it go and just realise that’s something you can’t escape. It’s time for me to take a break and work on some stuff.

Is that partly why you moved to the West Coast to work on film scores?

No I moved to the West Coast for the most part on a whim, I’d lived on the East Coast my whole life, New York, New Jersey and then Brooklyn and back to New York. I remember coming back from a tour and it was winter and I felt like I needed to get out of there. I just moved on a whim I decided and a week later I was out there.

Now I’m currently trying to get back to the East Coast. I miss my family and I like the winter. It took four years to really realise where I can be creative. I need to be in a place like where I grew up. A small town, country roads and forests, close to family. The last seven years have been really crazy for me and I don’t think I’m really built for this stuff.

In the future will you still play Com truise tracks live?

You know that’s the funny thing, other than this seven-show run in Europe I only have two shows in the States. This year the bookings are very short and that’s because this year I had said after doing so many shows last year that I really needed time to stop.

For January and February I was just at home playing computer games and fiddling around with music very lightly. It’s funny to think about the Stones and all the old bands playing shows. A lot of people are like we’re retiring and then a year later they’ll come back saying we’re playing a four-day sold-out shows at Madison Square Gardens. I’m obviously not that level but it’s interesting to think in ten years from now will I do random shows to play the old tunes. It’s a funny concept to me.