Beat.Imprint – Beatimprint EP [Interview]

Diciamo che è stato amore al primo ascolto. Non conoscevo questo duo fino a quando non ho ascoltato il loro EP in uscita questo mese su Beat Imprint, Beatimprint EP.

John e Skye sono i Beat.Imprint.
Il loro EP è un mondo musicale fatto di suoni, diversi tra loro per tipologia ma che messi assieme si armonizzano diventando ognuno dipendente da tutti gli altri. Ci sono arpeggi, vibrazioni, sonorità che ricreano un’atmosfera da Giardino dell’Eden. Ti immagini lì, immerso nella Natura incontaminata. Davanti a te un tramonto, che non tramonta mai, resta lì fisso. Sorridi, pensi a quanto bello sia quel posto nel quale ti trovi e che non te ne puoi andare perché potresti non ritrovarlo più. Il tempo non esiste. Non ti serve nulla per stare lì. Solo la tua mente che finalmente, dopo tanto tempo, ritrova l’equilibrio con il tuo corpo ed è libera come non mai.

Ho fatto alcune domande in versione “Behind the booth” ai Beat.Imprint. Questa è una versione estesa in lingua originale. Have fun!

John’s answers

 

Your beloved track
“Ain’t no mountain high enough” Inner Life (toss up between JM 4am mix & the Garage mix)

Your definition of “electronic music”
I don’t  particularly like that term, I’ve always made music using electronic gear, but also physical  instruments also. I’m going to pass on trying to define that, because no matter what I say it creates an unnecessary division. Music is music, and I feel like if  your a person who makes music now, you should  in corporate as many elements as possible into that creation be it organic or synthetic…

The first record which makes you crazy
“Rumble In Brighton”- Stray Cats

Your favourite Kraftwerk’s record
Trans Europe Express. Really liked Europe Endless found it accidentally at the local library in Texas in the early 80s. That w/ Ziggy Stardust Live & Transformer by Lou Reed.

The member of the duo who loves most plays the guitar
I think we both like playing, I know I really like  playing … the Fender Bass 6 baritone guitar in the press photos is my current favorite.

Perfect music for you is beats, bass and…
Wait I’m supposed to finish that? That’s a ‘bout it right… Screwgaze, baby… haha

The last place you have been enjoying?
There’s a bar in Austin I really like, I don’t drink anymore but I really like the corners. Best time is usually about 4pm when they just open, get grapefruit juice, something to eat, and a couple of magazines to read before the button-down shirt & tie business men come in @ 5PM for Happy Hour

Do you have a special journey that you want to do one day?
I know we both miss Europe as a whole. Always talk about my Texas exile. I know I’m always just down to go. Skye & I used to jump in my old  Jeep in the 1990s and just bolt back and forth to New Orleans  when were first djing and making music together. It hasn’t changed that much. Maybe the quality of the hotels.

Book or movie to read/watch?
I’m a scifi fan knocked out the entire Espanse series including the novellas by James S.A. Corey over the Summer. Also, big William Gibson fan. Re-watched Notebook On Cities & Clothes about Yohji Yamamoto the other day, and Limits Of Control by Jim Jarmusch & Only Lovers Left Alive.

Your favourite historical character?
William S. Burroughs, I like Tesla a lot too, & maybe now that HR Giger is passed about & “reserved to history” but, then again there’s a handful, Dali, Warhol, Du Champ, Gore Vidal.

The first time you met each other?
Skye made my coffee @ Insominia in Austin, and he recognized me from high school in West Texas.

Your biggest fear is….?
I don’t know if I have one. Skye & I have a bit of a thing for two wheels, motors & loud exhausts so I don’t really have that fear thing going about physical whatever. On a global bigger picture thing maybe not a fear but a really large concern, is social disconnection I see in the world around me. There’s a lot of really heavy stuff happening around the world right now. I know I personally just had to turn the news off for a couple of months just not to be overwhelmed by everything. When you start having a standard way you deal with grief and tragedy, that’s a little frightening. One more person shot, oh another group shot, in Dallas, better call & check on friends there. Between Paris, Dallas, Louisanna etc etc. It’s  gotten a bit too much. Not fears, so much as genuine concern for everyone.

What will you do in twenty years?
There’s no plan for  retirement with artists, and / or musicians. At least there shouldn’t be. One of my favorite  djs is celebrating his 45 year spinning. I plan on being one of those I think.

 

 

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Skye’s answers


Your beloved track

One of my go-to songs is “A Love Supreme-Part 1: Acknowledgement” by John Coltrane. I mix that into a lot of things. And “I Choose You” by Willie Hutch, so damn smooth… I like the dramatic stuff. For straight up dance tracks though? Frankie Knuckles “The Whistle Song” will always make me bounce!

Your definition of “electronic music”
God that’s a tricky question. Answers to that almost end up dividing people more than religion and politics. It is just music to me, all of it.

The first record which makes you crazy
As a kid: XANADU, By ELO and Olivia Newton John. I used to sing and dance along with it, and I had a huge kid-crush on Olivia Newton John haha! As an adult: “Elevations” by Vainqueur. My first time in Berlin, I was there on a whim with my friend Nadine, we went into a random bar / gallery for a drink, and someone was playing that album. Turning out it was his music, he sent us to Hard Wax. I discovered basic channel / chain reaction… It was what I didn’t know I was waiting for! I still have that CD in my car right next to a bunch of DJ Screw mixes.

Your favourite Kraftwerk’s record
Radio-Activity! I love that one. My first trip to Prague a long time back I actually found a sealed copy of the original release LP that included the day-glow sticker sheet inside, which I still have and enjoy.

The member of the duo who loves most playing the guitar
I like playing, but John is better and probably likes the guitar more than me. I prefer the bass. My philosophy is to play as few notes as possible.

Perfect music for you is beats, bass and…
slow it down!

The last place you have been enjoying
I’ve been enjoying our monthly trips to Houston a lot. We always get the same motel room, and I really like the dim sum. And the Cy Twombly Gallery. And a gelato parlor here in Austin called Gemelli’s.

Do you have a special journey that you want to do one day?
I want to spend more time in the desert, but ultimately we travel a lot for creative endeavors and I am on the road a lot for other work that I really enjoy (which is also art / creative oriented), so as long as I can keep in motion then I’m okay. I am pretty much willing to go anywhere at the drop of a hat and I love it. As far as some pilgrimage or something like that? Or something I’ve always wanted to do? Not really. I’m pretty lucky I get to go so many places so often and I want to keep that happening.

Book or movie to read/watch?
I really want to see this new film called “White Girl” by Elizabeth Wood. I just missed it in limited release here, and I hope I can find it somewhere soon.  I loved “Animal Kingdom” by David David Michôd. Something really struck me in the pacing and cinematography, and the sound design was just subtle and unnerving. Really dark and good. As far as a book? I’m currently reading “Sweet Jones- Pimp C’s Trill Life Story” by Julia Beverly. Interesting insight into this 1/2 of UGK. Fascinating Texas rap history.

Your favourite historical character?
Marcel Duchamp! He opened the door for a lot of what I do and I am interested in. William S. Burroughs – inspiring, but not for the reasons you might think, and I like his work. Eihei Dōgen, founder of Soto-Zen.

The first time you met each other
I remember John from high school… We both submitted entries to a contest to draw editorial cartoons for the school newspaper, and he beats me. But we met at a 24hr coffee shop frequented by lots of club-goers, freaks, and night owls. About a month later we released a mix-tape.

Your biggest fear is….?
I don’t know really. I know we all have fears, but I don’t think about them so much. It would have to be something about failing at everything. Not that the opposite if that is some ideal, I just really want to keep doing what I’m doing and moving forward! Not being able to do that is scary to me.

What will you do in twenty years?
Like John said, there is no retirement plan for artists and I think that’s how it should be. I don’t understand the idea of just stopping doing what you do to do things you always dreamed of but never did. I’m actually really happy right now – I’m doing exactly what I want to do and working my ass off doing it. Really I hope I’m still able to make work and show it, and have a nice body of work to look back on. In twenty years I’ll be starting another project!