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INTERVIEW.

1. How were you introduced to electronic music?

I suppose my first time enjoying electronic music was listening to my Jock Jam CD’s when I was in 4th grade. Then it turned into Daft Punk, Prodigy, yeah, not a really impressive entrance. My introduction to this niche genre of electronic music was stumbling across Paul Slocum and his synthcart for the Atari 2600 (http://www.qotile.net/synth.html), Animal Style (http://filefreakout.com/animalstyle/), and x|k (http://www.wayfar.net/).

2. How has your music creation process developed over time?

Going way back I just played guitar for an arty punk band, which consisted of me thrashing on a couple of chords and making pterodactyl sounds with my collection of effect pedals. This unethical approach to music just kind of evolved into me discovering music made on trackers. Started with Famitracker, wrote a couple of CD’s of material for the NES. Picked up LSDJ for the Gameboy, and have been doing that ever since. Something about writing/performing music on real hardware spoke to me and my old knob twisting days.

3. Currently, who are some of your favorite artists?

An artist that I respect the most out of my library has to Justin Broadrick, especially Jesu. I tend to listen to long, strung out music more than “dancey” music, though it still can inspiring within it’s own rights. To give you an idea: Eluvium, Nero’s Day at Disneyland, Mogwai, M83, Flying Lotus, Alex Mauer, GOTO80, Xiu Xiu, New Order, Hella, Eat Rabbit, Stay Ali, Cerror, Cheap Dinosaurs, and so many
more.

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

I don’t live in Olympia anymore (Tacoma), but I wasn’t really a part of a scene, unless an handful of friends throwing shows in a basement counts. Seattle seems to be dying at a slow rate, though I hope Infradead, McFiredrill, and I will jumpstart the lo-fi electronics with our upcoming Shiftwave. The Portland electronic scene is alive and kicking, and keeps me coming back every time I’m booked for a Reactionary event.

Drop by one of his upcoming shows!

5/5 Cinco De Mayo @ Denny’s (Lakewood, Wa)
5/7 Reactionary (Portland, Or)
5/29 R.O.S.S.FEST @ The Fort (Olympia, Wa)
6/26 Shiftwave as Boys Club (Seattle, Wa)
8/25 Milestone Club W/ Wet Mango (Charlotte, NC)


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