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For my first interview of 2015, I talk with Newaxeyes. We’ve become friends recently, and I wanted to share their mindset and energy both on the site, and at our monthly “Disco Droppings Presents” where they will headline this week. The band has donated some gif previews of their visuals, which you’ll see spread throughout the feature. Alright, let’s drop in..

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DD Whatsup Newaxeyes. I feel we have been drawn together for a reason. I connected with your diverse style, and willingness to push things. Happy to have you headlining “Disco Droppings Presents” at Kremwerk on the 19th.

NWXYS Thanks very much for having us. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.

 

DD It’s definitely been a trip for me, spending more time with your music. You guys have mentioned trances, how do altered perceptions play a role in your art?

NWXYS We generally seek to create sounds that reach the listener at a sort of pre-intellectual level, so that there’s less interference going on and the music can be taken in more directly. When we are at our best is when we feel more or less “entranced” and when we are letting the music happen in its own way, without the constant real-time analysis that can be poisonous to a piece.

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DD We’ve both been placed on a variety of music bills, where have been your favorite environments so far?

NWXYS We love to play with hip-hop beats people, psychedelic rock bands, modern composition types, performance art groups, harsh noisers, you name it. From the outset, we have always wanted to fluidly interact with a broad spectrum of styles and genres to carve our own chameleonic sound, so we’ve been happy to be invited to very disparate sorts of bills. Even better is that we tend to be received well by diverse audiences, maybe offering something atypical and challenging to the environment.

 

DD In addition to the music, I’m intrigued by your visual element. Tyler’s Instagram for example, definitely see an eye for catching things. And the logos and artwork you use work super well. Is this a group effort or do certain members of the band focus here?

NWXYS We all met more or less through our time at Cornish College of the Arts (Bret wasn’t a student but it sometimes felt like he might as well have been). Will was the only music student – Tyler was a photo/video art major and Jordan was in for graphic design. So it’s very natural for us to shape a visual aesthetic concurrently with the music. We’re lucky in that between the four of us we have the skill set to handle pretty much every aspect of the project. Tyler creates the majority of the photography and makes our videos. Jordan makes the logos, website, and most posters.

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DD Where have your most impactful inspirations for Newaxeyes come from?

NWXYS It’s all over the place. When we started out, we were listening to a lot of Oneohtrix Point Never, Death Grips and Demdike Stare – electronic-oriented stuff that tends to be simultaneously physical and cerebral. But we all have such eclectic tastes and personal influences that it would be difficult to answer generally. From a non-musical standpoint, we are all fascinated by data, the societal effects of the Internet, and forces of power and influence hidden from public view.

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DD Lastly, how would you describe your upcoming live set alongside Sphyramid, Raveghost, Dream Beat, David Comito and I?

NWXYS We have this super inconvenient habit of writing new material and reshaping old stuff until pretty much the day of the show, so that’s a bit hard to answer. We’ll be playing some bangers though. Being that it’s Kremwerk and Disco Droppings, we’ll possibly lean more heavily on dirty dark dance vibes.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Whatsup everybody, Jimi Jaxon here! Disco Droppings won’t be ending the year quietly. Got interviews on the way with some superb characters. Encouraging collaboration, elevated consciousness and the rebellious spirit. For those unaware, this site now hosts a monthly at Kremwerk, fittingly called “Disco Droppings Presents”. Now third Thursdays, I bring the energy of the site to the club, with varied attitude and quality as the unifying theme. Next week, you can see 3 brilliant Krissy Downing pieces alongside musical performances from Goodwin, WMD, Mascara, Greyspot and myself. Lightlinked will also be VJ’in. RSVP here

Today, we go deep into the subconscious with surrealist painter & musician, Krissy Downing. This is a first for site, and perfect timing I feel. And, jump..

DD Well I first heard about you through True Love Art Gallery in Seattle. I’ve been doing shows with them since opening night, and it’s truly one of my favorite places in the city. What was your experience like at the latest “Misfits & Mutants” opening? You have quite a few pieces there, of different feels and I was really intrigued.

KD True Love is the best (most professional? fancy?) place I’ve gotten to show my paintings since I moved here. I dig the whole atmosphere there. The people there are so nice, laid back, smart, cool. I feel like it was a major accomplishment landing that opportunity with them, and the opening was a lot of fun. A lot of my core group of pals didn’t make it for whatever reason, but I met a bunch of new friends.

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DD My favorite was called “Uprooted” I believe. What was the theme behind that one?

KD That’s a good question. I like to hear how others interpret my pieces, because my approach is so loose, almost subconscious. I literally just started painting the tree into him without thinking about it. It usually starts with looking at the composition and thinking very technically “where is there blank space?”, “what kind of lines do I need to add to change focus or add balance?”, and then random stuff like that happens :].

It’s very similar to how I write music.

Loose and improvisational.

DD I think this is an interesting mindset to bring onto Disco Droppings. More focused on the subconscious. Are you ever surprised at what comes out of you, when pulling from these dream like spaces?

KD Not really anymore. I’ve been at it so long that I just expect unusual things to materialize. I love it. Sometimes the stranger the better. I love feeling confident in just letting go and not succumbing to an inner critic…telling me that what I’m creating is too whacky. It’s very freeing.

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DD I bet:) So you started out drawing in this free form way as a child with your father. Did you later learn about Surrealism and see the connection?

KD Yes, it’s funny I didn’t even really make the connection with how I approach Surrealism until recently …basically until I was thinking of what to say to explain things for a video. I had never really tried to explain it before that. My art, writing and music have always been weird/absurd/surreal…I think just because of my sense of humor and a very strong desire (I’ve had since I was a baby) to rebel against conformity and to try to shed light on unusual perspectives. That’s a great question by the way. All these are great!

DD Thank you! I’ve had lots of practice:]].

From what I’ve researched, Surrealism points to Freud’s dream theories as a main emphasis. How much importance do you place on what comes up in your dreams?

KD When I was younger, I used to be able to control my dreams whenever I was at the point close to waking up. And I would conjure up these fascinating 3D images and just study them, …spin them around and examine their textures, colors, how they moved… And then when I did wake up I’d try to sketch them out (I was much worse at drawing back then so I couldn’t quite get the drawings to convey the dreams precisely). I think that helped motivate me to keep drawing as I was growing up. I really wanted to be able to show other people the super weird creatures objects and worlds I could see in my dreams.

I haven’t had the same ability for several years now, so I tend not to think about my dreams as much. But it was a big influence in shaping my whole art journey :]. 

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DD That’s fascinating! And lastly with music, what are some of your strongest inspirations?

KD This is going to be an odd answer. My strongest inspiration for pursuing music goes back to my innate rebellious nature. My family was very poor but my parents made sure I was always in a good school (which meant full of snobby wealthy kids and snobby teachers) And one day in 6th grade I was told outright by my orchestra teacher “You will never be as good as an Asian kid at the violin.” –OH MAN did that spark a fire in me. I spent every moment of free time practicing. We couldn’t afford lessons so I would use a tape recorder to record things off the TV (like the theme song to Masterpiece Theater, or the violin part from Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush”…heh) and then just practice and practice until I made my violin sound just like them! So that was my main inspiration. Some of my favorite musical influences are also kind of rebellious: Modest Mouse, Dresden Dolls, Cat Power, Rasputina… or just insanely brilliant: Dvorak, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Holst…Beatles, Metallica …Young the Giant

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– Jimi Jaxon

 

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Summer 2014 in Seattle coincided with the beginning of the Disco Droppings monthly at Kremwerk. In keeping with the spirit of the site which pulls together a wide spectrum of sounds, I’ve featured some of my favorite local artists including DJ Veins, Sphyramid, and Bardo:Basho, along with my residents Zoolab, Mascara and Greyspot. This month I will show just how wide my interests are, Dave Segal at The Stranger says it much better than I can..

“Los Angeles trio Ssleaze push a strident strain of synth punk, aggro vocals and all. They seem to play with a perpetual sneer on their mugs and probably find Throbbing Gristle to be too genteel. It’s as if Ssleaze are channeling the disdainful attitude of the cast of Liquid Sky into their craggy, cranky songs. They sound like particularly nasty dominatrices who’ll leave welts on your ears. Fellow LA peeps Egrets on Ergot play uptight, frantic new-wave rock that has similarities to early-’80s groups like Pylon and the Lines—and it’s damned danceable. Seattle’s Ononos make for an ideal opener. What’s curious about these glamorous minimal-synth malcontents is that they only have two songs online and no official releases. Five years deep into their existence, one would think, Ononos should have a sizable discography. But this just makes their club appearances all the more special. They’re one of this city’s most riveting live acts. This extra-raunchy edition of Jimi Jaxon’s Disco Droppings night also includes Jaxon DJing with Dorsia, DJ Guano, and Mascara.”

 

And here is an extra special gift to go along with this interview with Andrew Flores. The exclusive first listen of “Love Market” off Ssleaze’s upcoming release ‘The Thirst Is Real’. Now onto our fun conversation..

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DD Hi Andrew :]] How would you describe your band Ssleaze, and you as DJ Guano?

AF In broad terms I’d say we are an Electro-punk band heavily influenced by the darker sides of music and life. But people have called us “MOLLY GOTH”, “PARTY PUNK”, “BACK ALLEY PUNK” & “RAVE PUNK”. As far as DJ’ing goes, I don’t know how to explain that. I usually try and showcase the history of electro & darkwave.

DD Were you interested in bands first before getting into DJ’ing?

AF Yeah totally. I remember being really inspired in my teens from various bands that made me want to start doing it myself. Dj’ing kinda came into place when I realized I had always thrown super great house parties, and was approached to start doing club parties.

 

DD And what are your parties like down in LA?

AF Juicy, plain and simple.

DD I’m down.

AF People don’t really get to pick if they are or not. I like to beat them into the beats.

DD We’re similar. I’ll make em’ like it, or it’ll be too weird and they’ll leave.

AF Yup!

DD Last time you guys were in Seattle you played Cockpit. Sad I missed it, you guys had a pretty wild time yeah?

AF Yeah! I knew the night was going to be killer because we had the honor of sharing the night with butcher and Ononos. But I wasn’t expecting the warmth and acceptance we received from the crowd. Everyone was just going so crazy! I honestly to this day still think Seattle showed us our best show ever. I have easily never had more fun before.

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DD Hyped to bring you back this month! SSleaze were just recording new material. How’s that feelin? And will you be showing off any of these tracks at this month’s Disco Droppings Presents @ Kremwerk?

AF Yeah we actually just finished last night, and it feels amazing. These songs have so much heart and I couldn’t be any happier with how they came out. We worked so hard on this album. I think the best part is when listening you can tell how exciting and thrilling it was for us. And yeah we will be playing its entirety at Disco Droppings!

DD Special vibez. Well thanks for stopping by the site, if you have any last words feel free. See you ina few dayz Andrew:]

AF Hmmm, when yr highness barks “you bitches better werk,” you better werk. Thanks for having me! Can’t wait to get juicy.

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Don’t miss Bardo:Basho at Kremwerk this Thursday, July 31st in Seattle. “Disco Droppings Presents” is in its second month, with Basho aka Kirsten Thom playing alongside Zoolab (debut DJ set), Sphyramid (live set, 7 Deadly Records) and myself. Kirsten has produced brand new music just for this show! She mentioned it being very rhythmic, can’t wait!

Let’s get to our conversation..

DD Hii Kirsten. We’ve known each other for a short while now. I did a live dj mix and interview on your show for Hollow Earth Radio back in May. Thanks again for that. How would describe your show?

BB Hi Trevor! That was really fun. My radio show emphasizes experimental electronic music, mostly on the darker tip. I play lots of techno, and some ambient, drone, and noise stuff. I also try to play as much local music as possible, and I make sure to represent female producers.

DD There are a bunch of sub groups in Seattle for electronic music. These often have many similarities to me, with differences in the genres and styles focused on for each crew’s parties. What’s the crew like that you usually find yourself with? That would be secondnature yeah?

BB I have a lot of friends who work on secondnature, who focus on hypnotic techno. I help out from time to time, and attend almost all of their events. That is probably the crew I am closest with. I co-curate an electronic music event series called Elevator, which tends to feature avant-garde and noise-oriented stuff. I also go to Motor as much as I can, along with Sweatbox parties..and I’ve been really impressed with some of the more post-punk and industrial-leaning events like False Prophet and Lust Strength, which both take place at Kremwerk.

 

DD Something told me to put on Blade Runner as visuals to this LP Sampler of yours. Fit together perfectly. Are you a fan of the film?

BB The last time I saw Bladerunner was a long time ago. I remember enjoying it, but I think it’s time for me to watch it again. I will take that as a compliment!

 

DD You should. This is your debut album correct? I’m curious about the path that’s led you here as a producer…

BB The album I recently finished (but have not yet released) is my very first as Bardo:Basho. I’ve been building my production skills for the past three years, and it’s been a slow process. I started out trying to make techno, but then I found that more vocal-oriented, home-listening type music was more expressive for me. Now that I know a little bit more about sound design, I’m making my way toward a more dance floor friendly sound. Before making electronic music, I sang and played synthesizer and rhythm guitar in a few bands, and played classical piano on my own.

DD “Meditative” is one of the hashtags on the LP sampler. Is this something you practice? Whenever I see you there’s a calm, collected energy that I sense.

BB Thank you! I don’t sit down and meditate regularly, but I try to always be present in the moment, and focus on my breathing for a few minutes a day.

 

DD You’ll be playing this month’s “Disco Droppings Presents” at Kremwerk on Thursday, July 31st. This will be a live set from you. Any hints you can give readers as to what you’re going for?

BB This set will be very rhythmic – think bongos and kettle drums – with layers upon layers of vocal loops, and a touch of acid synth. Thanks so much for having me! I’m really looking forward to Thursday.

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– Jimi Jaxon