Music has been a huge inspiration for you, and hints of that can be seen throughout your work. What do you usually listen to? Does your soundtrack-of-the-day have any visual effect on what you make?
I notice that if I’m listening to more improvisational music I’ll attack a piece with more abandon, versus an old album that I know inside and out or a podcast I’ll focus on tight details or repetitive passages. What’s playing in the studio is all over the place but I try to have a few albums I’m continuously listening to during month-long intervals. Lately heavy spins have been on a Stones Throw compilation, Soundbombing II, Wilco’s Whole Love, De La Soul’s Mixtape, Liars’ Mess, Foals’ Antidotes and a random show from The Slip in 2004.
What other sources or artists do you draw inspiration from?
Too many artists to list. The great outdoors does a lot, traveling, reading, getting on the ol’ skateboard, history, anthropology, National Geographic, tacos, and banter.
What is something interesting about you that almost no one knows?
My third grade nickname was Toad because I was constantly catching frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders, turtles, etc.
I’m almost afraid to ask, but what is your prediction of what the future holds for us?
All empires crumble. It’s up to us to slow that push…