a lil about me, Flying Lotus has been bugging me to put something upÂ and clue people in so here goes …
photo by peter molignano
Lived in LA my whole life, born and raised. I’ve been making electronic
music since I was fourteen when I got a copy of Protools LE ; my Dad is
a production sound mixer for film, so he always had cool audio-gear
lying around that I could play with. I was a part of a lot of bands in high-school,
a math-metal band, noise-music, punk, but always found myself cutting up
sounds after school and delving into the sonic possibilities that you can get
I met Steve [Flying Lotus] at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, we were both veryÂ
interestedÂ in avant-garde film, crazy japanese stuff, fringe forms of electronic music,Â
and I was reallyÂ impressedÂ by a short film he had made called ‘Use Me’ I think that’s
what it was called…. We became friends prettyÂ quick and since then, I’ve always foundÂ
his open-mindedness and forward-thinking creativity reallyÂ inspiring.
we spent a good chunkÂ of the yearÂ smoking,Â playing atari, and listening to drum and bassy stuff.Â
At one point I was taking taking hallucinogens kind of recklessly while I was up there, and heÂ
helped me out whenÂ I might have gone right over theÂ edge. I was pretty sure I was at leastÂ
partly mad for awhile,Â and during that period,Â I made a bunchÂ of music that Steve was convincedÂ
we had to release.Â Nothing came of it for awhile, but Steve and I always talked about doingÂ moreÂ
Later, we both moved back to LA. I was primarily doing the experimental film thing and SteveÂ
was doing the music thing,Â and eventually he asked me to VJ for a Brainfeeder event.Â
After that, I realizedÂ that VJ-ing was really one of my forms, something quintessential to me.Â
WhenÂ I realized that, I started getting all these opportunities; was able to play Coachella
thanks to Sam XL and the whole PureFilth crew … it was great.
VJ-ing had all the elements that I felt were missing from being a film-maker. It was
live, spontaneous, a chance to be transgressive and irreverent with media, and
a place where I could bring all the work I’d done with video, merge it with sampled work,
and project it in one medium. Since I’ve gotten into it, I’ve treating it really as a form
of real-time cinema, not just background imagery.
Currently, all my imagery is triggered in real-time with a midi-controller in response to the music,
Â there isÂ no midi-synching or stuff timed before-hand to the music. Its live.
Sometimes I just get a feeling, and know what to do, all of a sudden things
synch up in this miraculous way. Other times, its just visual chaos, which
I’m comfortable with. Destroying media can be really fun.
see Flying Lotus and me at DudLab’s LabRat Matinee, Downtown Independent Theatre :
Flying LotusÂ performs a custom set with visuals courtesy of Dr. Strangeloop.
Dublab’sÂ LabratÂ Matinee VI: Selections From An Astral ProjectionistÂ ….
As far as jams, I’ve posted things here and there, and released some stuff on an
internet label called Expanding Electronic Diversity (under the name NuOpSys)Â
and have probably thousands of hours of music I’ve made, but have not released.
My first real release willÂ be on Brainfeeder June 30th. It’s calledÂ Are We Lost
Mammals of an ApproachingÂ Transcendental Epoch?Â whewww…Â
long title. I made it about a year ago, and itÂ is probably the strangest thingÂ
I’ve ever shepherded into this world. It is oneÂ track, 18 minutes long, very lo-fi,Â
andÂ I picture it as some sort of narrative about theÂ Singularity, mystical states,Â
and the evolution of man. It is more post-rockÂ influenced than the stuff I’mÂ
working on now, and is divided into threeÂ idiosyncratic movements.