Ethan Ward has been making music for over 8 years, beginning in his pre-teens, and producing his own blend of mashup/glitch pop, as E-603, since about 2003. He lists turntablists A-Trak and Diplo as influences, along with Beck and, of course, Girl Talk, among many others.
While studying at Hampshire College, in Massachusets, he performed a lot at different schools around the area, and has played shows with artists such as The Hood Internet, Passion Pit and Yo La Tengo. There are currently two releases available, 2008's "Something For Everyone" and "Torn Up", which was released in 2009.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with E-603...
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No, E-603 is perfect. Pronounced (EE-Six-Oh-Three)
*Members: Only one, myself, Ethan Ward.
*Founding Members: Ethan Ward
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital Deconstructions for sure. I work entirely in a digital format. I feel like what I do is deconstruct popular audio and then reconstruct some new art out of it.
*Another genre descriptor: Not at all. I don't think what I am doing is in any way plundering (re: John Oswald’s “Plunderphonics”). Or at least no more plundering than what the average computer-savvy high school student does on a Thursday night. So with that in mind I don't really think I need to think of a clever name.
*Is there a story behind your name? Well, I was in a pinch one night in 2003 and I needed to think of something cryptic yet meaningful. So with about 28 seconds of thought I came up with E-603. The E stands for my first name Ethan. 603 is the area code for the entire state of New Hampshire so therefor the "603" stands in "E-603" as an expression of "Live Free or Die".
*Location: I am from Nashua, New Hampshire. The idea of E-603 currently resides there and in Boston, Massachusetts as well.
*Original Location: Nashua, New Hampshire
*What is your creative/artistic background: I have always been making music. I began recording and producing my music when I was 12 years old. I have been educated in classical and experimental music composition. I don't really have a background in one specific place, I have kind of been all over the place, and I will most likely continue to be.
*History: E-603 as an idea began in 2003, however no music was released until about 2005.
*Born: I was born June 14th, 1989.
*Motivations: Making rad sounds motivates me.
*Philosophy: I love creating a cross cultural musical format. There is very little types of music that actually take separate types of music and force them to work together rather than only taking the inspiration from different types of music. That, to me, is a very beautiful thing. I love manipulating the sounds to work just the way I want them to.
*How would you like to be remembered: As the reincarnation of GG Allin.
For my website: E-603.com
For my most recent album: www.tornup.net/TORNUP