Archives for the month of: October, 2010

See ya’ll at freaknight.

who ima b seein son..

-P

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It’s about to get very interactive up in this houssssssssse. My friend Rani and I have organized an art and music showcase, happening at the Vera Project, tonight from 7-9PM.

For 2 hours you can witness the art literally covering the Vera walls, provided by the very intriguing Paper Marbles. Not only can you marvel at his stuff, you can make your own. Bring your paint, brushes, crayons (we will have some..) and work on a piece that will be hung at Seattle Center! This show is meant to be interactive, the only pieces hung will be those made on the spot as part of this event yo. If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, live music will be provided by Friends and Family, IG88, myself (DJ Phantom) and Sphyramid.

The Vera Project
305 Harrison St. (The Corner of Warren Ave N. and Republican at Seattle Center)
Seattle, WA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/veraproject?v=app_2344061033#!/event.php?eid=167559036590839&index=1

I got a small interview with Paper Marbles, get to know em’.

INTERVIEW.

1. Do you listen to music while you draw your pieces?

Yes… Yes I do. What I’m listening to normally reflects how or what I’m feeling, which in turn is generally what gets slapped onto the canvas. I like to keep the same playlist rolling throughout each piece in order to keep the mood and feel of the work consistent and focused…

2. You’ll be showcasing your art at the Vera Project tonight, how did this come about? What will the process be for getting your work up for everyone to see?

I’m actually finishing a Mural at the Vera Project on Thursday for part of their new mural program. I got an email out of the blue back in the spring – a kind of invite to propose an idea, and jumped on it. Something about my babbling on about my idea worked I guess.

The process and the work is the fun part… Since the original proposal, the idea has morphed, and been fine tuned a bit – sketched, re-sketched, measurements taken… details. As far as the actual painting/mural goes, I’ll be painting at the Vera as much as I can in these next few days leading up to the event and also throughout the night of it as well; I’m also working on some other elements of it in my “off-time.” But in true artist fashion, I’m sure I’ll be working up until the bitter end to squeeze this thing out just in time.

3. How would you describe the styles and themes within PaperMarbles?

My work is a product of years of being influenced by comics, cartoons (80’s/early 90’s cartoons, not this janky, glittery churched up BS you see on tv now), graffiti, and countless hours of drawing my daydreams.


I don’t have a formula for ideas or anything, I normally approach each piece separately, and whatever it is I feel like painting, whether I think its funny, something clever, or something I feel like getting off my chest is what ends up coming out. Each piece normally takes off in its own direction, and ends up where it needs to be in the end – even if it’s not how it was planned… I like to make things bold, full of color, and to be slightly off kilter to what you would call normal or expect.

4. Any last words?

Brush your teeth…and never forget TJ…

See yah in Seattle tonight, time to work on my set..mwahahahaha

-P

THE HEALTHY TIMES FUN CLUB SHOW WAS DOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPE!

ok. I have a few videos from last Saturday’s 7 Deadly show on Capitol Hill.

WD4D – you.are.wonderful , love the LA beat scene representation..and pretty much all the songs you played and the way you played them.

myspace.com/iamdjphantom

in the nick of time, John Backstrom brought his visual wonders to the show – thankyouthankyouthankyou – please check out this video of his, as well as this link to his vimeo page 🙂

http://player.vimeo.com/video/12221075

COP’S OMEN (2008-2009) from John Backstrom on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/johnbackstrom

We had some live painting from Everett artist Brian Sanchez (picture coming soon)..I forgot about posting my interview with him before the show (ooopsss) so just picture yourself back in time about 3 days, reading up on Brian Sanchez, taking in his art and getting ready to sweat at the Healthy Times show..

picture it.


INTERVIEW.

1. Do you listen to music while you create your pieces? What music artists match your creative flow?

I do listen to a wide variety of music when I paint. Lately I have been listening to a lot of The Galactic Federation Of Light, Anklepants, Joan As Police Woman, The Drums, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and a bunch of other random stuff. I have been into some real mellow stuff as well. The more up an down the music the better. I like being hyped one minute then being completely bummed the next. It makes the work reflect each of my moods.

2. You’ll be a part of the 7 Deadly Records show at the Healthy Times Fun Club this Saturday..do you have any ideas about what you’ll be creating?

Basically, for the live painting I plan to prepare a wood panel with an array of colors and shapes and just whatever feels and looks good as a background. At the show I will be doing the line work. I’ve been into super contrasty illustration lately, so there will be a lot of black. Pretty much trapping as much of the color as I can, but isolating it to each individual character or object. Then filling all the space between with black. It’s tough to word it, but when it’s finished it makes sense. To me.

3. Along with this upcoming show, you’ll be providing artwork for the upcoming Sphyramid & Deepearth.void release for 7 Deadly Records, how is that coming along? Have you done much collaborations with artists in this way?

The record sleeves are going to be super cool, I am excited to experiment with a different methods to make each one different. I have not collaborated as much as I’d like too, I don’t know too many people that paint regularly. the people I do know who paint are rad and I look forward to doing projects with them in the near future. Richie Owen, Mike Albanese, Noel Sinclair Boyt, and a few others. Being a father limits my time away from home so I mostly paint alone through the night. I love thinking I am the only person in my building awake and being productive. It motivates me for some reason. I can’t forget BAIR FORCE, my neighbors Madeline Chadwick and Alex Campion are maniacs, I love them.

4. Your pieces are inspired mostly by the city of Everett yah? What about this city keeps your mind running with new inspirations?

A lot of my work is inspired by my surroundings, which happens to be Everett. It’s not so much the city, but the people who occupy it that are interesting to me. Everett is really small, but has so many random lurkers roaming the streets on a daily basis. If you drive down broadway and look around you’ll see my characters everywhere. I find a face, I draw it, and while I am drawing it I kind of make up a story and a name for this person. Not a judgment or assumption of any sort but a very personal rendition of what could be going through there heads. Many of them seem to be bummed or down and out. Which is a feeling we all can relate to, but some have to much dignity to let it show. Others say “fuck it” and let themselves go completely and those are the dudes I am interested in. The guys who don’t care what anyone thinks, not some soccer mom giving me a funny look at the park. The suburbs are a very weird and twisted place and it’s fun to draw humor from it and poke at how important people think they are. It’s more then that, but whatever I don’t usually talk about this subject, I just like to draw stuff I think is meaningful or funny.

5. Any last words?

VIC’S MARKET, vart, and Charlie Sweatshirt.

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Mac (Sphyramid), great live show as usual and thanks for all the pre-show help. Anyone who helped promote in some way, thank you very much! THANK YOU HEALTHY TIMES. Live Animals, thanks for playing.

-P


this guy…this guy! such a pleasure to have him spinnin all over Disco Droppings. I’m all about strong themes in music. Daft Punk has fo sho helped cement that feeling, and seeing artists create their own environment just gets me goin’.

And..I can’t deny that HOUSE sound..

Get your digital hands on these free sounds..

Download “Music for the People”: http://spinnaface.com/albums/music-for-the-people

Download “Feel the Shine”: http://spinnaface.com/albums/feel-the-shine

More Music: http://soundcloud.com/spinnaface

+ + + an exclusive, free one hour live mix + + + thanx Spinna

http://spinnaface.com/media/audio/livesets/Amasakanalu/index.html


and to just overwhelm you, 7 Deadly artist Deepearth.void has put his touch on a Spinnaface track – pick this one up!

http://spinnaface.com/media/audio/remixes/spinnaface-minimixv1.2-deepearth.void-remix/index.html

INTERVIEW.

1. What do you love about electronic music?

Lots of things to love about electronic music. Its always on the cutting edge, innovations, new styles, new technology, new sub-genres all seem to happen first in electronic music. Also the international community. Its one of the only styles of music that is created and embraced all over the world, artists from every country developing new styles and contributing to molding the cumulative sound of electronic music. All of these things bring a raw and constantly evolving energy and feeling to electronic music like no other.

2. I’ve been listening to your WFMU Radio mix, suppper funky! Who have been some of your biggest influences in creating the Spinnaface sound?

Thank you… Spinnaface’s sound is a reflection of listening to 1000s of different artists across all genres. So many great artists, now more then ever with the computers and the internets bringing powerful creation tools to almost anyone. I get a lot of inspiration from the internets, there are so many dope underground artists making and sharing music. To be able to listen to a beat someone I never heard of made on their laptop yesterday, or a hype live mix that was recorded last night by sick DJ, that really inspirez me.

Also new technology. Getting my hands a new synths, midi controllers, application or whatever can be really inspiring.

A few of the artists Im currentlys bumpin a lot of: George Clinton & The Parliament, Zapp & Roger, Herbie Hancock, Mtume, One Way, James Brown, Roy Ayers, Egyptian Lover, Arabian Prince, Prince, Rick James, Bootsy, Giorgio Moroder, Mac Dre, Too Short, Andre Nickatina, Pibes Chorros, Daft Punk, Diplo, Chromeo, KTN, DJ Screw, Chrissy Murderbot, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Dâm-Funk, Joker, Michael Jackson, Andy Milonakis, Monster Squad, Drankenstein, Cut Copy, Das Racist, Treasure Fungers, Fukkk off, The Swiss, edIT , The Glitch Mob, Ylem, Rustie , Mrs Qeada, Randy Barracuda and almost anything on Soundcloud.

3. Is it hard having a Spinna for a face? Driving around, going to work, eating…?

Sometimes I wish I could be a little more low pro. I seem to stand out in
a crowd but that’s okay. People dig it so I stay spinnin’..

4. You have an album called “Music For The People”, what’s your relationship like with your fans? How have they helped shape your approach to sharing music?

Its all about the fanz… I love ya’ll! Spinnaface’s music is direct reflection of the people who listen to it. All the support and energy I receive from fanz and fam is what keeps me spinnin! So I feel I gotta share it with the people who helped to create it, and everyone else too. Im a big fan of open-source. I think all music should be made for the love of making music and shared freely. All Spinnaface’s music is 100% original, independent and free under creative commons.

5. You’ve got quite the array of musical toys, what are you using right now for your live sets and productions? Has this set-up grown slowly over time?

Live-set: Mac laptop running Ableton Live and MaxMSP. Jazzmutant Lemur, Korg PadKontrol and an audio interface. Sometimes a Xone mixer. The live set-up has evolved a lot, and will continue to. At first we were running some custom MaxMSP apps to sync the lemur to live. But now we run a M4L patch developed by JM and custom midi-mapping. I wanted to do something different and unique when performing. The Lemur is great because its endless customizable so that really felt like the best fit. The only thing it lacks is tactile control, so the padKontrol or a mixer is good for that. In the future I plan on adding more tactile controls, more FX and more loops and sounds from the new album.

In the studio: Honestly about 90% is done on a laptop, usually with headphones. I use Ableton Live, MaxMSP and a lots’o’plugins. We hook-up and funk around with a lot of different hardware, midi controllers, synths, fx etc. But very few we actually keep and use in final production. The only hardware staples are a 25 key midi keyboard, a drumpad and a monome128. Everything is so much easier in the computer and much more flexible, which leave more time to be creative. It would be great to have a few really nice pieces of analog gear for mastering, like a dope limiter, saturation or EQ. Mixing is all done in a studio, really just to be able to hear the sounds in a good room. Usually all the mixing and mastering is done digitally.



6. I’m learning about producing with Ableton, what tips do you have for young producers who are just getting familiar with creating their own grooves?

Practice, as much as you can, and then some more.

Knowledge is king. With the internet you have an endless resource of information. Youtube has 100s of awesome tutorials on Ableton production, tricks, sound shaping, mixing techniques, dj techniques, mastering, etc. There are dozens of great websites, forms, books and videos packed full of helpful informations, read read read, study study study. The internet is also packed full of free sounds, samples, plug-ins and applications, all can be helpful and inspiring in creating your own sound.

Copying is good for learning. Try to copy tracks you like, part for part. Copy the drum patterns, the basslines, the melodies. This can be a great way to better understand song writing and music production. Just don’t release tracks you copy.

Go see live shows, see what other people are doing. Ask to sit in on studio sessions, most engineers are super cool people. Try to get an internship at a studio, a lot of studios are always looking for internships. Shoot me an email, Im always down to talk to music production….

7. Any last words?

Keep it Spinnin!

http://spinnaface.com
http://twitter.com/spinnaface
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spinnaface/85007620231
http://www.youtube.com/spinnaface
http://soundcloud.com/spinnaface

-P