Solcofn's Phil Russell has been making music for about a decade. The Washington DC based artist also produced DC101's "Flounder's Mashups" from 2004 - 2008 and has continued to be involved with the radio program. You can hear a good example of his take on Bastard Pop in our 2010 Christmas Episode (#260) HERE.
Russell is also a remix producer and musician, with releases on online label's Corpid and Kusic. You can check out at least a couple of his albums and a load of links to mashups at his website.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Solcofn...
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No
*Do you use a pseudonym? Solcofn
*Members: Phil Russell
*Founding Members: Me
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital Deconstructions is pretty cool. I just make mashups and original music. Nothing too fancy and I don't have a fancy name for what I do...I just do it.
*Is there a story behind your name? There was a band called soul coughing and I was a huge fan. All I could get on my license plate for my car was solcofn and over the years people started a nick name of sol and it just stuck. I've been using it for years now.
*Location: Washington D.C.
*Original Location: Military brat, so I moved around a lot over the years.
*What is your creative/artistic background: I took a year of Piano and three years of Drums when I was younger. That really helped out when doing mashups and original music later on in life.
*History: I have been making music in various forms for well over 10 years now. I started doing digital music in the late 90's, making odd sound collages or compositions with a friend and then I branched of on my own.
*Born: I was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1975.
*Motivations: The mashups were a way for me to have fun and put my own take on tunes that I loved or hated. The original music was a way for me to vent my feelings. It helped a lot!
*Philosophy: As far as the originals go, I want my music to take you on a journey. If you feel that you have been taken on a trip away from your day to day troubles, then I have done my job.
*How would you like to be remembered: As an honest and good person who just wanted to provide some happiness in an often dreary world.
*Web address: www.solcofn.com