Flatsitter Artist-Musician Interview: On Interactive Albums, Surround-Sound Installations, Visual Poetry & More

Jax Deluca and Kyle Marler of Flatsitter discovered one another years ago on an Amtrak train, in what one might call an act of divine timing, or a perfect illustration of the “right place, right time” adage. What emerged from this meeting is a male-female powerhouse duo, who use an array of interdisciplinary techniques to “craft strange and surreal experiences”, both digital and fully tangible. These custom-crafted worlds are full spectrums, extending as far in scope and technique as the rainbow color palettes they choose to swathe their works in. In the following Q&A interview, Flatsitter offer an overview on the many projects they’re undertaking with full force, which range from performances and interactive albums to site-specific installations and live

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Ariel Kalma Musician Interview: We Know Each Other Somehow (RVNG INTL Collaboration w/ Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe)

“For me, my individual works are those emotions via the music. The exploring, the playing, and the transmission… I transmit what I perceive, and then somebody, the listener, receives that transmission. It feels a bit preposterous to say that, but still, it is. I capture. I’m an antenna. I’m an area. I receive, I capture, I translate, I play, I record — then it’s the listener.” – Ariel Kalma

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Lulacruza Band Interview: Esperando el Tsunami Visual Album & Documentary (Bilingual English-Spanish Feature)

“I think what ended up happening with the film is not so much about us as it is about listening through us. Seeing the landscape through our ears… Our goal was to keep a ‘deep listening’ attitude, so that included anything we met and anyone we collaborated with. It was always kind of a state of improvisation — the entire trip.” – Luis Maurette, Lulacruza

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Vinyl Williams Band/Artist Interview: Hypercolored Crossovers

“Language is the quintessential blueprint that can bridge between the senses. The more I attempt to describe music in visual terms, and the visual in musical terms, the more I’m training toward synesthesia. It’s not an ability that I naturally have, but I’ve developed it through language. It constantly informs the relationships between the senses, slowly unveiling the world of noumena; things outside of the cognitive mechanism.” – Vinyl Williams

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LA Priest – Inji Album Review (Domino Records)

With a Prince-like smoothness, in slides LA Priest on “Occasion”, the album opener for Inji. Without pretension and full of confidence, “Occasion” is immediately arresting — the perfect blend of lip-biting vocals and sexy-slow bass and guitar lines that twirl back and forth, in contrasting harmony from one ear to the next, like two lovers lost in tangled in white sheets. Although not necessarily representative of the sonic scope of Inji, “Occasion” exudes the perfect amount of mystery, so that musical styles need not remain consistent throughout its duration. Instead, LA Priest’s mojo is the record’s guiding force — and let it be known that he, Sam Dust, does indeed have quite a bit of mojo — to pull listeners

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BRAIDS – Miniskirt Music Video (w/ Raphaelle Standell-Preston Interview)

“Culturally, there is the expectation that when a woman wears certain items of clothing, she is expected to act a certain way. I wanted to wear clothing that made me feel sexy, without the demands of needing to act that way. I could scream and shout in a miniskirt, or in a beautiful flower dress, challenging the roles that those items often instill in women to play out.” – Raphaelle Standell-Preston, BRAIDS

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