Archives for the month of: March, 2010

I’m diggin all these phantom-y references 🙂

It’s nice to mix things up. This time i’m highlighting the Ghost Clothing company-putting out some krazy kool designs for all ya’ll to sport.
Interview.

1. First off, I think it’s kool that I found you, the whole phantom/ghost thing is so fitting! What made you come up with the idea of starting a clothing company?

I’m studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, and I’m very like creating graphics. T-shirts and their designs have always been my passion, so I wanted to take it seriously. Together with my friend, who supported me and helps me all the time, we created the Ghost Clothing. For us, passion is the main purpose.

2. Where are you from?

I’m from Poland.


3. Who are some of your favorite artists?

Difficult to answer this question, because I appreciate many artists. Musicians and painters. The world is full of great and eminent creators, but I think that a lot of people kept excellent works at home, so we can’t see their talent.

4. Any big plans for Ghost Clothing in 2010?

We’re planning to further develop Ghost Clothing, we know that we still have a lot of things to change, f. e. enlarge our assortment, improve ordering system and refine our site. I hope that we’ll do that. I’m relying on other people, because there’s nothing more delightful than making fun of other people, through the graphics you’ve created.

http://www.myspace.com/ghostclothingeu

Keep it fresh,

DJ Phantom

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Local Seattle-based artist!

Interview.

1. How long have the two of you been making music as American Werewolf?

We started “officially” making music as a a duo about a year an a half under the guise “Phantom Power.” We later changed our name to American Werewolf for no good reason.

2. You are a part of Simplify Records, tell us about this label..

Simplify Recordings is a local (Seattle) label founded by Aaron Simpson. Simplify is a multi-genre label focusing on everything from Drum and Bass to Electro. It has been a pleasure working with simplify, and we hope to do more work with them in the future.

3. How were you first introduced to electronic music?

For me (Kevin) i was into music like Depeche Mode, and Nine inch nails early on, and have always liked the electronic element provided by groups like that. I went to my first rave in 1999, and fell in love with what was going on there. I started Dj’ing in late 2000, and it slowly developed into what we are doing now. It was a natural progression.

4. Is there a central theme or certain ideas you are going for with American Werewolf?

I think our central theme is to make music that we like. We are definitely a product of our influences, but ultimately it’s just fun to do and we love synthesizers.

5. What are some of your plans for 2010?

You can expect some genre-bending from American Werewolf in 2010… Nothing is out of the question. We are also starting a series of events dedicated to live electronic acts, and the first one will be held at Space in Seattle on May 28th… find us on Facebook/Myspace for more info (shameless plug)

DJ Phantom

 

Just got back from the Seattle screening of ODDSAC, the visual album pioneered by the very nifty Animal Collective and directed by Danny Perez.

In ten years Animal Collective has developed into quite the group. I’m just now appreciating their music, and a friend of mine, Cael, has helped to solidify my interest.

There latest project is a whopping 4 years in the making! The dark psychedelic journey through ODDSAC was really something, mixed reactions from the crowd-but I think that’s when it’s really interesting and pushes your ideas of what a film should be.


Keep an eye out for the DVD release!

www.myspace.com/animalcollective

DJ Phantom

KTUB 4/2 Preview Mixtape! by DJ Phantom

This is the second in a hopefully long line of mixtapes I plan to put out, previewing shows i’ve got coming up..showcasing one song from each artist playing this Friday 4/2 @ KTUB.


Tracklist

Johnny Wonderbread, Brain Ripper (DJ Phantom Add-ons)
Johnny Wonderbread, Brain Ripper
Team Chaos, The Matrix Dub Mix (DJ Phantom Add-ons)
Team Chaos, The Matrix Dub Mix
IG88, Music For Marshmallows (DJ Phantom Add-ons)
IG88, Music For Marshmallows
Spamtron, Martian (DJ Phantom Add-ons)
Spamtron, Martian

RSVP to the event here

See yah soon,
DJ Phantom


For me this is a very, very exciting post. This artist has one of the most powerful and electrifying live shows I’ve seen, and it’s a true pleasure to showcase the very talented Spamtron on my blog.

As a taste of what this guy has been pumping out, one of my favorite songs of his “Martian”, and a Pokemon remix!!! of fuck yes, POKEMON.

Martian.mp3

Pokeballs21.mp3

So now, you love him. I sat down (virtually) with Spamtron to ask him about what he does, here’s what I got.

But First! Spamtron will be headlining my next installment of World Beats and Urban Streets, an all-ages dance show at KTUB..come by and get down


INTERVIEW.

1. How did you decide on the name Spamtron?

I think it just popped into my head while reading through some spam junk e-mails. I was laughing at how ridiculous spam is when the text is randomly-generated. It seemed appropriate then, and still does; I want to create ridiculous music.

2. The level of texture, emotion and raw energy in your songs is really something..what most inspires you when it comes to your productions?

Thank you! That means a lot. 😀

I’m really inspired by how intense detailed and chaotic this world is! There is SO MUCH STUFF in this world. There are so many people, books, movies, TV shows, records, genres, plants, chemicals, cities, mammals, insects, fish, planets, stars, and galaxies in this world. This world is infinite. Thus, I want to create worlds with my music.

I also use music as an outlet for the types of energy that have no other way out of my brain. There are abstract thoughts, feelings, and ideas that I can’t accurately describe in words. For example, there is no word for the awesome feeling you get while listening to Daft Punk or Aphex Twin. There is not yet a word for the specific nostalgia and memories all the times that we listened to Daft Punk when we were younger. So, I try to materialize all kinds of thoughts, ideas and feelings with my music.

I love both popular/accessible and experimental/technical/weird music. In my music, I aim for a balance between the two.

3. Who are some of your favorite artists?

My favorite electronic artists are probably Kid 606 and Aphex Twin.

My favorite artists in general are probably Beatles, Michael Jackson, and David Bowie.

The past year, I’ve been really into Built To Spill, Passion Pit, and Dungen. Also, Meshuggah and Black Sabbath are awesome. I love metal AND hipster music. I try to listen to everything and keep an open-mind, as I strive to be a composist (a term coined by my awesome friend, housethegrate). I just love music in general.

4. What is the electronic music scene like in your part of Portland?

Hmm, let me get back to you on that 🙂

I gotta be honest: I’m still living in a boring suburb outside of Portland. As soon as I move into the city, I’ll go to shows way more often. Then, I’ll let you know! lol.

5. Any big plans/shows for Spamtron in 2010?

– First, I’m totally stoked about this upcoming KTUB show.
– I have a ton of awesome collaborations planned.
– I’m transferring to a certain college in Washington this Fall. At that point, I’d like to perform far more often.
– I’ve also decided that in 2010, I must spend more time and energy on music than ever before. I am determined to BRK into the game music industry.

http://www.myspace.com/spamtron

I’m in certain you will my friend!

Want more free music? 2 Full-lengths here

Go Spamtron!

DJ Phantom