I’ve been friends with Branden Clarke aka IG88 for a few years now. Seeing his progression artistically and as a live performer has been a pleasure. Here’s my interview with him about his new release, “A Loom And Not Me”, which you can pick up here – And for a much more hilarious side of IG88, follow his Twitter account…
IG Hey you handsome critter!
I have been really flattered with how well “A Loom And Not Me” has been received. Nueva Forma is an Audio/Visual label based out of Portland and with a small group of like minded artists so it has been a wonderful experience so far. The recent love on KEXP has been pretty surreal for me, I am honored to be a part of the air waves. I was always perfectly fine with my music just being the soundtrack to someones rainy intoxicated ride home, sounds generating from a hand me down CDR. So the idea of people in my home town being able to tune in on a radio dial feels better than bathing in a sea of warm cream cheese.
DD Talk a bit about the vocalist, whom you worked with on this album.
IG Jenni Potts is an amazingly talented vocalist hailing from Bellingham WA, she has multiple solo albums out leaning more towards the Singer/Songwriter style. Her ability to take my songs to a whole new level speaks volumes about how eclectic she is as a musician. In the studio with her is always a blast because we are pretty strange individuals.
The other vocalist featured on the title track is Evan Konrad, he is better know for his work as Bed Of Stars, an amazing band from Vancouver Canada. I was lucky to have come in contact with him and you can expect to hear more collaborations from us in the near future.
DD Are you taking a break from producing now that this album is out? Or are you already creating new material?
IG Oh golly gee wilikerzz.. no break for me coming up anytime soon. While still in the process of writing “A Loom And Not Me” I was still putting lots of work into my current hip hop project Triceracorn as well as remix’s for people and working on my live set. No breast for the queery.
DD How do you feel you’ve grown as a producer and performer?
IG I am learning more and more about myself and what I want to audibly express after every show I do, sitting back and retrospectively listening to finished releases as well as hearing feedback from people I trust. I feel like over the years I have learned to take things that I enjoyed making, and present them in a way that is digestible to a wide audience. I used to have unfair expectations for people when seeing my music in a live setting, I also try not to make people feel awkward by singling them out and speaking to them in a homo erotic southern accents at shows for my own amusement. As a producer I have tried to develop a signature sound or style that is identifiable but not predictable. I still have much to learn but I am having a great time doing it.
DD Last words?
IG My last words would most likely be me slowly bleeding out on a distant medieval battle field, clutching a blood stained medallion that I want you to deliver to my beautiful wife carrying our unborn child. My greasy battle stained hair would smell of ashes and morning dew. Considering the amount of broken arrows protruding from my body it takes an unrealistic amount of time for me to finally pass away.
Enjoy the sun
– Jimi Jaxon