I Cut People
I Cut People is California's Nicholas Smith. He has 4 records out on his own label, and several with a project called GITAR (with Ellipse Elkshow), including one on the way on the Seeland label, in 2009.
So far, I've only had a chance to play tracks off of his 2008 release, "Dumbed Downers," but the cut-ups there were dense and intense, revealing more and more each time you listen. His site features plenty of mp3s, so try them out for yourself, and take a look at the videos and visual collage while you're there. A sort of anti-drug video, titled "Todd Gamblin" was particularly amusing, I found. Check it out HERE.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with I Cut People...
*Name: I Cut People
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Nope.
*Do you use a pseudonym? Yes.
*Members: Nicholas Matthew Smith
*Founding Members: Me (Nicholas)
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: If I had to pick one, I'd probably choose "digital deconstructions.”
*Another genre descriptor: “Finger pointing music”
*Why you use this descriptor: Woody Guthrie said it about his own music. Also, I usually describe my audio as being more of a literary experience than a musical one. That's how my girlfriend describes it.
*Location: Santa Rosa, CA
*Original Location: Evansville, IN
*What is your creative/artistic background: I started playing geetar and moved onto traditional classical music composition at the age of 19. I studied under David Wyatt in Indiana until I moved to San Francisco, CA to study at the S.F. conservatory of music. After hearing the last track of the Soft Pink Truth's album, “Do You Party,” I was intent on creating a whole album of nothing but cut up voice. I really didn't like all the rules that went along with traditional classical music. I'm not saying that all those rules that I learned went to waste. I still apply a lot of them to the audio I create today. One rule I still use is to never lose the audience's attention. Using this rule causes me to spend the time making sure each sentence cut is important and meaningful. Since moving on from traditional western music, my friend Todd Huber and I have started an artist collective called, buildings building themsel(VS) media machine, that focuses on recycling media. I am also in a group called, GITAR w/Ellipse Elkshow.
*History: I Cut People has been around for about 3 years.
*Born: I was born 7-10-80 in Evansville, IN
*Motivations: I’m motivated by our mental environment. It’s hard not to rearrange all the media that is constantly barking down our throats.
*Philosophy: Unlike a lot of artists who do what I do, I don't really focus too much on copyright. The audio is more about exposing liars.
*How would you like to be remembered: As someone who actually cared.
*Web address: icutpeople.com