"I see a lot of similarities between fascinating engineering and fascinating art. Both have to do with craftsmanship; both have to do with finding a simple solution for a complex problem. And it has to do with elegance and needs inspiration." - Robert Henke
Charlie Salas Humara has been a fixture in the Portland music scene for over a decade now, but these days, you simply can’t avoid him, his solo project Grapefruit, or his bands Sun Angle and Regular Music.
Party band Midnight Magic hide out in a stairwell and discuss everything from The Facts of Life and The Golden Girls to the virtues of friendship.
In this bi-lingual Japanese and English interview, Jon Barthmus of Sun Airway and Takayuki Nakazawa, art director and designer for Japanese art collective NAM, offer their perspectives on designing an album cover together.
"I like pop music, but I get really bored with hearing the same sounds over and over again. I think it's a good challenge to get something stuck in someone's head but challenge them at the same time." -- Jennifer Moore
"Several months before the request to make a video for 'Set It Off' came through, I’d shot some test footage of a friend pole dancing, and loved the look of it... there was definite sexiness to it, but the potential to add a bit of class to the depiction of beautiful, strong women showing off...
"There are things I've seen and experienced in this world – things they don't talk about in too many books. I'm not even talking about psychedelics, I'm talking about true experience, on this plane of existence..." -- Steve Ellison of Flying Lotus
“‘The Wheel’ was written about The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card, so when we were thinking of a concept for the video, [band member] Rafael [Fauria] suggested that we literally reproduce the tarot card in video form.” -- Honey Owens
"In a self-reflexive case of life truly imitating art, I conceptualized an ode to the often solitary, sacrificial existence of devoting one’s every waking moment towards a craft." - ELY