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Dazed Marrow

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Dazed Marrow from 2017
MSJ:

Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music – both your history outside of this project and the history of Dazed Marrow?

I’m a bedroom musician that sometimes comes out randomly to play shows.  I used to promote music and I love music.  I opened for Gold Panda, Pictureplane, and a lot of cool artists that I can’t think of at the top of my head at the moment.  I’ve helped set up many shows for artists such as Grimes.  I also was the sound engineer during Dirty Beaches show in Busan, South Korea.  I’ve been playing around with DAWs and synths since middle school.  I took piano lessons in elementary school but decided to take up skateboarding instead.  I play guitar once in a while. I had a huge collection of pedals.  I think DAWs can do most of what pedals can do. It’s just hard to get that analog sound, but there is a way.  I also love to play with drum machines and samplers.  I got heard when I was really into witch house. I loved the sound and tried to make some witchy tunes.  Witch-house.com helped a lot.

MSJ:

If you weren't involved in music what do you think you'd be doing?

I would probably be breaking my ankles skateboarding or doing something with computers or archeology or UFO stuff, try to experience CE-5, try to hang out with Dr. Steven Greer.

MSJ:

How did the name of the project originate?

My friend who is super into all kinds of music, stuff I’ve never even heard of, said as a joke “ lets start a group, one of us will be Opal Parade, and the other can be Dazed Marrow."  Shout-out to Jimmy M.

MSJ:

Who would you see as your musical influences?

I guess anything I listen to influences me in a way. I grew up listening to classic rock, like CCR and Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, etcetera from my dad’s record collection.  Then I had a punk phase, ska phase, ambient phase, experimental phase.  Most of the musical influences made me feel good in some way, and I always loved how music can make someone feel emotion.

MSJ:

What's ahead for you?

Something on your shoulders? (laughter)

Really I’m not sure, I’m just going with the flow, I’m trying to make new music and it’s hard when I try (laughter).  Usually I just let it come to me, or I’ll wake up from a night terror and decide to stay occupied.  Sometimes I’ll have a song already in my head when I wake up and just get it down as soon as I can.

MSJ:

I know many artists hate to have their music pigeonholed or labeled, but how would you describe your music?

My music changes by the mood I’m in, I’m not sure, dark ambiental trance with a touch of witch glitch.  Rainy day music, background music, music to space out to.

MSJ:

Are there musicians with whom you would like to play in the future?

Sure, thruoutin, Gold Panda, Balam Acab, just to name a few.  There are too many to name. It would be cool to collaborate with William Shatner.

MSJ:

Do you think that illegal downloading or streaming of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of musicians?

I think that’s a double edged sword, I mean it takes away what little money the musicians make, but at the same time it can be free publicity.  Also, if you can’t afford to buy music it should be affordable or free for a limited time or something. I know how hard life can get. Money is super stressful.  I always buy albums from my favorite artists after I’ve listened to them for a while on youtube or soundcloud.

MSJ:

In a related question, how do you feel about fans recording shows and trading them or posting them online?

I don’t mind fans recording shows and trading them. They paid to go to a show, and they should be entitled to in my opinion.

MSJ:

If you were a superhero, what music person would be your arch nemesis and why?

Richard D. James, because of how jealous his music makes me. It makes me want to give up sometimes. (laughter)

MSJ:

If you were to put together your ultimate band (a band you'd like to hear or catch live), who would be in it and why?

MNDR, Born Gold, Aphex Twin, Wax Fang, Band of Horses, Carpenter Brut, Clams Casino, Grimes, and Purity Ring.  I think all of them could contribute to make some good music, just have them jive off each other and save the recordings that sound the best, and you’d have one badass album.

MSJ:

If you were in charge of assembling a music festival and wanted it to be the ultimate one from your point of view who would be playing?

That’s a hard one. There is so much good music out there that hasn’t even been heard.  I guess I would say the artists from the last question, along with, Jean Michel Jarre, The Orb, Orbital, The Mars Volta, Summer Coats, Colours, Ssion, C.S.S., Zed’s Dead (the older stuff), Credence Clearwater Revival, Gold Panda, Christopher Willits, Phantogram, POLIÇA, The Tuneyards, Braids, Chad VanGaalen. I think that’s enough for now.

MSJ:

What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?

The Napoleon Dynamite Soundtrack and Wax Fang’s La La Land and The Astronaut.  The Astronaut is an amazing album to work out to, and it gels together so well, like it’s just one big jam session or concert.

MSJ:

Have you read any good books lately?

Muir’s The Study of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry

MSJ:

What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

I saw Beck live in Seoul South Korea. It was amazing and he was so professional.  He’s a short person but has a huge stage presence.

MSJ:

Do you remember your first concert?

Yes, I was really nervous, but once I started to play I was in the zone and it was just me and the sounds.

MSJ:

Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?

I recently bought a new KRK subwoofer for monitoring my lower freqs, but other than that nothing new. Eventually I want a Moog Voyager and an original Space Echo.

MSJ:

Do you have a musical “guilty pleasure?”

Listening and watching KEXP live shows on youtube with some brews.

MSJ:

What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?

Turning the volume up to 11.

MSJ:

If you could sit down to dinner with any three people, living or dead, for food and conversation, with whom would you be dining?

The singer from Born Gold, formerly Gobble Gobble, Cecil Frena, Edgar Allen Poe, Nikola Tesla.

MSJ:

What would be on the menu?

Lasagna and absinthe.

MSJ:

Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

Thanks to the people who are reading this and supporting my music (old and new), and thank you for the interview.

 
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