Saturday, May 26, 2007

Junkshop Coyote

Junkshop Coyote

Junkshop Coyote is Mitch Hilton, from Indianapolis, Indiana. He runs a net label called Hallo Excentrico! and produces elecronica/collage, citing Aphex Twin and V/Vm as major influences.

The project name is a reference to Wile E. Coyote, a cartoon character he's identified with, and the fact that he loves to frequent (and subsequently decorate his home with the items he finds at) junk shops. As a collage artist, I can identify with that, at least a little...

As of this writing, there are two Junkshop Coyote releases, both available on his net label. The first is titled Selected I-Am-Bent Works, Volume One. The second is an album of V/Vm remixes, from a year-long project in which V/Vm encouraged artists to remix the tracks he uploaded daily, throughout 2006, at his website. Junkshop Coyote took him up on that and the resulting tracks make up an album titled, Red Carpet Narcissism, Volume One. Check them out at Hallo Excentrico!

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Junkshop Coyote...


*Name: Junkshop Coyote

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No, but I also do mix sets and songwriter-oriented stuff as Mitch Wolf.

*Do you use a pseudonym? Yes, my real name is Mitchell (Mitch) Kent Hilton.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: At one time or another, I've used all three. Right now, I use the computer almost exclusively though. I've been using GoldWave for the last few years, a somewhat primitive wave editor in that there are no sequencing or multi-tracking capabilities - it's all just sound-on-sound, cutting and pasting one layer at a time, using only my ears and occasionally a calculator to figure out how to put things together.

*Another genre descriptor: Sometimes I jokingly call what I do "Golden Shower Economics."

*Why you use this descriptor: Well, it's my own personal parody of the Reagan-era phrase "trickle-down economics." I like making art out of found or discarded things - creating things that hopefully have value out of materials that have little or no value in and of themselves. It's my little way of contributing to the economy, I guess. So - you can just take a leak, or create new value by giving someone a thrill while you're at it. ;)

*Location: I live in Indianapolis, IN with my domestic partner and two cats.

*Original Location: I'm originally from Terre Haute, IN.

*What is your creative/artistic background: I took piano lessons as a kid; that's about it for formal training. I'm self-taught on voice, bass, guitar and drums, and I used to be in a couple of rock bands, but there was always this body of stuff I did on the side where I just kind of played around with sound. When I got to be about 30, I realized that rock had lost its flavor for me, and I had to get into something new if I was going to keep making music. That's when I discovered Aphex Twin, and "playing with sound" became the main part of what I do.

*History: I started making stuff I considered worth keeping when I was 18.

*Born: May 25, 1967 in Terre Haute, IN.

*Motivations: I knew I wanted to be a musician when I saw Elvis on TV, at the age of 5. For a long time, I wanted to be famous and adored, and all that stuff, but I've let go of that. Now I do it because I want to contribute something spiritual to the material world.

*Philosophy: I try not to think about it too much and just let it happen. I think a true artist's job is to open up a channel to the divine.

*How would you like to be remembered: I'd like to be remembered as a person who encouraged other people's creativity by letting his own out.

*Web address: I have a small personal site at There you will find links to all the other pertinent sites, like my blog on LiveJournal, and my netlabel, Hallo Excentrico!

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