The Angel is a Los Angeles based DJ and producer. She is a composer for film and television, and an artist with a number of records released as both The Angel and 60 Channels. See her full discography HERE.
Most recently, KiDULTHOOD is being released on DVD (in November, 2008). The Angel scored the film and composed its opening theme. A recently completed remix is now available at iTunes. A brand new album by The Angel will also be available later this year. For more information, check out The Angel online, HERE.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with The Angel...
*Name: The Angel
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: I have two separate recording projects: The Angel - which is left of center urban, (and) 60 Channels - which is electronic and eclectic and features vocalists from many genres outside of the electronic realm.
*Members: I feature various guest musicians and vocalists, so there are no set members as such, besides myself. I'm part of what became a new wave of producer/artists that started happening in the mid 90's, where the concept of "a band" with a lead singer and a set group of musicians shifted and it became more about the artist, dj or producer as a band. Guest Vocalists include: Angie Hart, Tre Hardson, Navigator, Divine Styler, DJ Collage, Karen Grant, Rain Phoenix, Monday Michiru, Mystic. Guest Musicians include: Robert Russell (Acoustic and Electric Bass), Louis Russell (Guitar), Katisse Buckingham (Sax, Flutes and an array of exotic Wood wind instruments), DJ Drez (Turntablism, Scratching), Kevin Herlihy (Guitar).
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital deconstructions - I have a musical background as a keyboard player and songwriter, but I also think like a DJ, and have the skills of a true tech head - I always write from pure instinct and feel, not from musical theory or formula. I blend all sorts of seemingly disparate elements from any number of genres and have no fear about distressing sounds and effecting sounds to create something unique. I've pulled sounds from the natural environment, like traffic and urban ambience. I've recorded acoustic instruments in non traditional ways and have blended high end orchestral sample libraries with all sorts of synthetic sounds all in a very irreverent way. I have a real aversion to the purists and a great love for all of the analogue and digital technology at my fingertips.
*Another genre descriptor: Both projects, although different from each other, have been described as dubby, trippy, eclectic with hip hop and drum 'n bass riddims. Since the birth of the tag, dubstep, I've been reminded by many fans that I've been creating what people now refer to as "dubstep" tracks since day one.
*Is there a story behind your name? No not really.
*Location: I'm from Brooklyn, by way of London and currently based in Los Angeles.
*Original Location: Born in Brooklyn.
*What is your creative/artistic background: My creative/artistic background is as a programmer, keyboard player, producer/writer - someone who has embraced many generations of technological progressions... From analogue tape with all hands on deck mixing to fully digital in the box protools mixing. I've progressed from producing records, remixing and now composing for films (including "Boiler Room"and "KiDULTHOOD) and TV ("Standoff"and "WEST 10 LDN").
*History: The Angel moniker was created when I signed to Delicious Vinyl back in '93. 60 Channels was born in '98.
*Born: My guest vocalists are an international group from Australia, the UK, Japan and all over the US.
*Motivations: Writing, recording and playing music creates my safe haven. It gives me the opportunity to escape the world and explore a completely new environment with every project I work on. When I'm working to picture, it is even more all encompassing. I might as well be on another planet while working on these projects - It's inspiring and rejuvenating.
*How would you like to be remembered: I'd like to be remembered as someone who was never afraid to try something new and trust her instincts... The good vibes bringer... as I nod my head toward Navigator (MC) who is the original Vibesbringer!