I thought this was rather simple until i read the thread and really thought about some of the points raised. There are still questions I cant answer (mostly why) but i’ll join the discussion.
glia is my online self. i stumbled on the word while reading years ago and it’s meaning intrigued me. i have had other online “selves” but this one has lived the longest because it has deep personal meaning now. it represents things i consider important and is a constant (and compact) reminder of those things to me
i can never be sure what it means to others but i deliberately chose it knowing that most people will only encounter the name online. it is short, easily pronounced, and in my eyes, typographically solid.
rather than change names based on genres or styles, i just use album and song titles to accomplish the same thing that others do with different aliases. i have assumed other names only when i collaborate (which is rare) and was quite happy to remain anonymous during live shows so neither my nickname nor real name has ever appeared on posters or bills. if i perform again in the future i would just use glia
(on a tangent: all of that logic gets thrown out the window when i do visuals. i have used my real name in the past for fotographic work and more recently adopted a separate moniker for motion graphics and film experiments.)
anyway for the past few days i couldnt quite parse why i prefer the anonymity of an alias. i thought it was because i have no interest in my real life mingling with my online life but that cant be entirely true…i have told some folks i know that i record as glia.
but the truth i had to confront was sort of startling: i’m not comfortable being identified as a musician. i’m into music more than most but my choice of a separate name indicates that i dont view music as important enough to file under my birthname. in real life i am a teacher and a minister and to be known for anything else feels strange
anytime people have referred to me directly by the name i created for music it has been disorienting. it’s very difficult to describe the exact feeling but it stems from the fact that i rarely speak the name or think of myself as “gli”
i’m not sure if that perspective makes sense to anybody on here (or if it resembles schizophrenic rambling) but it represents my view on this topic