Cast of Thousands
Cast of Thousands is a band I put together in 1999, to perform live during the 2nd hour of Some Assembly Required (back when there was a second hour). Over the course of a couple of years, there were four or five members who showed up regularly to set up all the gear and warm up, while I played records by my favorite sound collage artists, and then we all worked together to create a live mix of sound collage to close out the 2nd half of the show.
Even after Some Assembly Required went to a one-hour program, we'd occasionally still get together, when invited out to play at art and music venues around Minneapolis. By this point, the roster had boiled down to just myself, Gregg Boullosa and Corey Hanssen (pictured: Hanssen, Nelson, Boullosa). I asked Gregg to fill out the Q&A this week, speaking for Cast of Thousands.
Our last performance as Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism was in 2001, at the Oak Street Cinema, but Gregg and Corey have continued to work together. I'm looking forward to hearing what they've been up to! Click HERE for more information about the history of Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Gregg Boullosa of Cast of Thousands...
*Name: Cast of Thousands
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism
*Do you use a pseudonym? Cutterhead / Sick Fat Retarded
*Members: Currently there are two of us (Corey Hannsen / Gregg Boullosa).
*Founding Members: Jon Nelson / Amirali Raissnia / Gregg Boullosa
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: All of the above.
*Another genre descriptor: insterstudioishin or insterstudioteknition
*Why you use this descriptor: The approach of using the whole of one’s studio as a single instrument.
*Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
*Original Location: Upstate New York
*What is your creative/artistic background: Curiosity
*History: Since 1999
Gregg: 1971, Onondaga
*Motivations: Create or suffer the consequences.
*Philosophy: If you can’t please yourself, you can’t please your soul.
*How would you like to be remembered: Phonically
Gregg Boullosa: www.myspace.com/sickfatretarded
Cast of Thousands: http://www.escape-mechanism.com/about/cast_thousands.html