The featured artist this week is Aggro1, so read on for his answers to the SAR Q&A and check out this week's podcast (episode 124) to hear one of his mashups, along with a dozen additional sound collages!
Thanks to everyone who came to our art opening at Rosalux Gallery on the 1st. Create, Destroy, Repeat will be on display through Sunday, December 17th, so you have this weekend and next to check it out! Rosalux Gallery is located at 1011 Washington Avenue South (the Open Book building), just off 35W in Minneapolis, MN. More info at: www.rosaluxgallery.com
Aggro1 is the rare example of a mashup artist who strays a bit from the usual (sampled) suspects, and manages to do it both consistently AND well. There are an awful lot of mashups to be downloaded at his website, and the clunker is quite rare. I got ahold of him a few months ago, looking for answers for this feature and found a friendly, down to earth artist, to boot. Although, he might just fall into that category of artist who gets squeamish when referred to as an artist... Sorry!
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Aggro1...
*Members: Tim Blore
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Most definitely "digital deconstructions." Adobe Audition 1.5 is the only tool I use to create my sonic-offspring. I know lots of mash-up artists are DJ's, but not me. I haven't even owned any vinyl since I was a wee lad in the early 80s. I think it was Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" record (did I just say that out loud?)
*Location: I hail from the Buckeye state, Ohio, in a little town called Dayton. It's blue-collar, kinda boring and definitely lacking any knowledge about the mash scene. In fact, besides the people who I play my tunes for, I don't think anyone I know even has a clue about mash-ups. Unless you count that Linkin Park/Jay-Z thing ...I don't.
*What is your creative/artistic background: ????
*History: After listening to mash-ups since 2001, I finally decided to get my hands dirty about a year and half ago. In that time, I've made somewhere around 250 mashes. It's almost time to retire and cruise America in a Winnebago, I think.
*Born: 9 months after my parents did their own "mash-up," I joined the world at the end of February, 1973 in Topeka, Kansas. Yee-haw!
*Motivations: Well, originally I picked this up because I wasn't hearing any of the aggressive music (namely metal) I mainly listened to being used in mash-ups. So I decided to do it for myself. But I've branched out a bit more and now only occasionally do those types of mashes. But that's still my main love. Plus, I've always wanted to create music. I play a little guitar, keyboards and drums but not well enough to put something together worth listening to. So this is what the world gets musically from me.
*Philosophy: Keep practicing at this, and someday, hopefully, I'll get paid to do what I love to do.
*How would you like to be remembered: As still alive. And as someone who was pretty prolific yet still retained quality material.
*Web address: http://www.aggro1.com/
Thanks to Aggro1's Tim Blore for being our featured artist this week. Be sure to check out the Aggro1 website and download this week's podcast (episode 124) to find out even more.
Tune in next week for our feature on... uh oh, my notes say that I don't have anyone lined up for the rest of the year! Well, that's only two weeks. Oh my god, only two weeks... I better get back to work - I've got to get a bunch of new episodes produced by the beginning of the year. The plan is to start podcasting the new episodes as they air in syndication. So, beginning sometime in early-to-mid January 2007, there will finally be just ONE schedule for all the playlists. I'm very excited.
Anyway, tune in next week to see what I come up with for a feature. I'll figure something out!
Thanks for listening,