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Disco Droppings has two new features goin’ around, both on local artists and friends based in Seattle. First up, this closer look at Newaxeyes, my favorite band from the area. You first saw them here for our first interview of the year, and again at a Disco Droppings Presents show as headliners. I had the idea of getting this articulate bunch together to chat about their progression and plans for the future. Also got The Strangers Dave Segal in the mix.

 

This video would not have materialized had it not been for Ben Schauland over at Big Building, responsible for filming/editing, as well Joshua Chin, bringing more help with cameras and lighting. So yeah enjoy! And if you feel moved, head to the bands site and support their upcoming debut album!

 

We follow that with a spaced out free track from Soft Horizons. Also a past performer at our shows (formerly as Raveghost), this dude has been nothing but encouraging to me. I’m excited to be a small part of his artistic energy. Call this our summer comedown track of 2015.

 

Get em boyz! Got your back

– Jimi Jaxon

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This Saturday we are gifted with the Big Building Bash (Here’s their nifty site). As you can see above, there’s a hefty list of artists playing this warehouse location in the Sodo district of Seattle. We here at Disco Droppings have gone through the lineup, and compiled a list of favorites. Cheers to everyone whose bringing their energy to this event, here you’ll find just one lens to view from and possibly help shape your experience. Thank you to Terence Ankeny for bringing me (Jimi Jaxon) on board to perform and for booking many of the electronic artists represented. Pre-sale has sold out, so if you’re hyped on this, get there early to receive one of the last 250 tickets!

Low Hums (6:20, Yard 1)

“Breezy distortion.”

 

Gems (7:20, Hangar 1)

“Dreamy journey.”

 

The Spider Ferns (10:00, Hangar 1)

“Dark beauty.”

 

Jimi Jaxon (10:00, The Moon)

“Rapid alignment.”

WMD (12:00, The Moon)

“Murky rhythms.”

Spirit Award (12:00, Hangar 2)

“Road trippin’.”

Soft Horizons (12:20, Studio 18)

“Ethereal sailing.”

Newaxeyes (1:00am, Yard 1)

“Mystery men.”

youryoungbody (1:40am, Yard 2)

“Slick shadows.”

Joey Webb (2:00am, The Moon)

“Funk stop.”

Zoolab (2:20am, Yard 1)

“Spirit lift.”

Big Building Bash – Facebook

– Jimi Jaxon

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Friends of Disco Droppings, and personal buddies Newaxeyes have an intriguing presentation next Monday. It’s a wonderful thing when artists get opportunities that naturally show their greatest strengths. The band’s known for being a bit “out there” and somewhat peculiar, and live re-scoring the very out there film Alien by Ridley Scott seems beyond perfect.

When the film was being created, the soundtrack had several differences in opinion between the director, head of the network and the editor. Several awards aside for the original version, there have been several other versions released as well. Seems fitting that we are here 30+ years later, with Newaxeyes presenting their auditory vision of this classic film. And on 4.20! So smoke up, if you dare, these mysterious boys have a wild ride planned I’m sure.

Catch it at Northwest Film Forum (RSVP here)

– Jimi Jaxon

 

 

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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