What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I don’t remember how I started making music. I’ve always had a voice but my dream was to be a novelist. I don’t know what happened. Death Hags started with the idea of doing something different, but I’m still trying to figure it out. I often describe myself as Oasis trapped in Bjork’s head.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
It is volume 2 of my 7-album project Big Grey Sun. The project was born over a couple days of intense fever caused by a pretty gnarly dog bite. I had hallucinations, I couldn’t sleep and wrote a few tracks I don’t actually remember writing. Thankfully, I had recorded them. That was the starting point of Big Grey Sun. I like to describe it as a kaleidoscopic exploration of the human condition and its possible futures.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Everything I see/hear/think/dream is synthesized in the music so I can’t point to anything in particular. Meditation, visions and premonitions, also very important. Brian Eno, David Lynch. The song Outdoor Miner by Wire.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I don’t really fit in any “genre” is what I’m told repeatedly. I sometimes play solo electronic shows, sometimes with a rock band. Recently somebody described one of my tracks as “Françoise Hardy re-materialized in a Carpenter-colored future” which is pretty awesome so I’m going to say that’s why you should listen to the album. It’s all about giving people emotions.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
I only get three? Is this island connected to the radio or the internet? I would bring 1) A very long mix tape bought randomly right before leaving for said island 2) the 8-part video project Histoire(s) du cinema by Jean-Luc Godard 3) The complete edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Playing live can be extraordinary, metaphysical even but the reality of touring is that there are quite a few bad shows as well, whereas the studio is always good. I love recording.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I often play shows in my pajamas, but I don’t know if that’s funny or unique.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
That’s really for other people to judge but I think Cloud1119 is the one with the most sonic layers. It’s one of the tracks I started writing while hallucinating after my dog bite and it came alive in the studio with my friend Matt Bordin in Italy. There’s a lot of sonic experimentation on this album.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I am focusing on Big Grey Sun 24/7 for the rest of the year and my limited edition lathe-cut 7 inch series, which has cool covers and guitar songs. Treefort festival has been postponed to September so unless there is a new outbreak, I’ll be playing Treefort in September.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
I can’t answer most of my own questions, that’s what keeps me going.
Photo credits: Louisa Zimmer
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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