🕉️ Music Composer & Producer
☸️ Multi-Genre Multi-Instrumentalist
✝️ Mixing & Mastering Engineer
☯️ Experimental Video Artist
☮️ Former Record Label Owner & Graphic Artist
☪️ "Scientist-Mystic" / Interfaith / Nonduality
⚛️ Feline & Coffee Enthusiast
🔴 Primary Musical Projects
Angel Marcloid was born in the mid 80s at a hospital in Prince Frederick, MD, 9 months after her Mom and Dad banged in a hotel room somewhere. She currently resides in West Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL.
Angel changed her name to from her former/birth name, Justin, in 2016. However 'Marcloid' isn't Angel's real last name. It is a "stage name" of sorts, spawned from a joke her friend Derek Setzer made in the early 2010s.
Beginning in her pre-teens and into her late 20s, she played drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, and made sounds from her face hole in a number of touring emo, post-rock, prog, and punk-oriented bands: Age Sixteen, A Perfect Kiss, Batcomputer, Sawhorse [MD], Shadow Gov't, and more.
From around 2008 to the mid 2010's she ran multiple experimental music labels (Swamp Circle, Rainbow Bridge, and remained active in an even larger number of simultaneous musical solo projects: (Power Windoze, Inappropriate King Live, The Human Excuse, Pregnant Spore, Path To Lobster Believers, Dementia & Hope Trails, World Of White Ice, etc. Around this time she was also a very active graphic artist, and often produced album and apparel designs for clients under various monikers and companies.
As of the late 2010's, Angel's dominant creative endeavor has been composing/producing music (and creating music videos for) her solo project Fire-Toolz, in which she explores and experiments with the sounds of industrial, jazz fusion, prog, noise, new age, techno (and other forms of beat-oriented electronic music), ambient and drone, avant-garde sound design, various sub-genres of metal, and 90s emo. Visual and lyrical themes are often deeply personal, spiritual, and philosophical.
Angel also produces music as Nonlocal Forecast (MIDI-based new age/jazz fusion/prog/ambient), MindSpring Memories (classic-style vaporwave, sample-based with heavy processing/editing, a subgenre of plunderphonics), Angelwings Marmalade (free improv experimental electronic/noise), Toad Computers (plunderphonics/sample-based experimental sound collage/vaporwave), and Apk ♀ ᴎᴇᴛ ☯ Ltd℻ (plunderphonics/sample-based nonsense). Occasionally a one-off, old project, or new endeavor will manifest as well.
She makes her living as Angel Marcloid A/V doing mixing, mastering, music production, and audio/video post-production work in her home studio.
Angel spends most of her free time producing music, bonding with her cats, self-educating in the fields of science and spirituality, binge-watching The Office or live rescue kitten video streams, shoddily soaking up jazz music theory, meditating, Photoshopping together gaudy digital collages, glitching stock animations, waiting for new YouTube videos from channels like New Thinking Allowed and Buddha At The Gas Pump, craving wide open natural spaces, dreaming of ordering takeout, actually ordering takeout, consuming overpriced lattes, or breaking the law (depending on which state she's in).
On paper/on Earth, you could say that Angel is transgender, specifically transfeminine. Angel does not (necessarily) identify as a transwoman however. She doesn't prefer to label herself as transgender, or any other checkbox or qualifier. She finds herself floating between androgynous and feminine on any given day, without any particular gendered words as identifying marks. This is why, if a gender label must be used, she prefers transfeminine. The way she sees it, this term is more of a personality and presentation descriptor than a gender identity. "Identity" is not something that Angel is that interested in claiming.
Angel is, on the level of form, a person, an animal, a sentient conglomeration of cells. But on a deeper and more real level, she is... happening, just as every other person and thing in this universe happening. Her lack of claiming a gender identity, and the world's resistance to accommodating this freedom to do so, are aspects of her worldly experience, but they do not define her essence, which is prior to the world, as everyone's is. Fundamentally, she has no identity. If words must be used, they may as well be metaphor or poetry, as medical terms only refer to the body, and psychological terms only refer to the mind. We are all a single Ocean, and sometimes we manifest as waves.
Although 'she/her' pronouns were used in this biography, 'they/them' pronouns are equally preferred and accepted. To Angel, no pronouns feel ultimately correct, but refusing to use them makes speaking more difficult, so why not.