WE HAD THE CHANCE TO TALK WITH ONE OF THE MOST ECLECTIC VOICES OF THE AMERICAN MUSIC AND ART SCENE: BORN IN SANTA FE (NEW MEXICO) PICTUREPLANE – AKA TRAVIS EGEDY – IS A BROOKLYN BASED PRODUCER, VISUAL ARTIST AND CLOTHING DESIGNER. FOR OUR SOCIAL INTERVIEW HE DECIDED TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS WITH A YOUTUBE PLAYLIST THAT HE ALSO DESCRIBED WITH VERY HONEST AND ACCURATE WORDS. PICTUREPLANE IS A REAL ARTISTIC MINI-UNIVERSE FOR YOU TO DISCOVER AND EXPLORE, AND LISTENING TO HIS PLAYLIST MIGHT BE A GOOD START.
How would you describe your music?
Its always been very hard for me to describe my music, because it is such a mixture of so many different influences. Whenever people ask me, i say something like “dark punk rave pop” but its also a little bit industrial, a little bit hip-hop, a little bit dark wave. Two videos that i have been obsessed with for years that really show the wide differences in influence that make up my music…but yet are somehow of a similar energy.
When and why did you decide to become a dj/producer?
It was never a “decision” really. I started producing music in high school. And its just something i always did. For no reason other than the joy of creating. I started performing shows because i loved it. I was doing it for years before anyone really cared or even took notice. But i do remember the song “run in to flowers” having a profound influence on me as a young producer starting out about what could be done with music and synthesizers and sound. M83 would build these total lush shoegaze walls of sound.
What is the record that changed your life?
So many records have changed my life… Especially at different times in my life and development. It really would depend on what age i was. One of them was “beaches and canyons” by black dice. A whole new world of abstraction and sound was opened up to my mind here. I discovered it in art school as a freshman and it really just blew my mind.
What’s the relationship between your work and social media?
My music has always really been tied in to the Internet. The first people that were hearing what i was doing was because of Myspace. Myspace really brought a lot of artists together from all over the country. That was a really cool time in the history of internet for artists. I am very vocal and active on social media with my art and music. And also my personal life. Its a very strange phenomenon and i’m not quite sure what it means. But i do feel that social media has become really toxic for all of us. It wasn’t always that way. And for that, ill use the classic wolf eyes song “stabbed in the face” .
What’s your guilty pleasure (even musical if you have one)?
I don’t like that term, “guilty pleasure” . Pleasure should not make us feel guilty… Unless it is at the expense of other people… But listening to music should never make you feel guilty. I like all kinds of insane music. One time when i was in Russia, some kids showed me this mind blowing music video by this Russian boy band, Ivanushki international. Everything about it is incredible. The lead singer commited suicide a few years after.
What’s the thing you can’t live without?
Art and expression! This documentary about British painter, Francis Bacon is so fucking good and inspiring to me.
What’s the one thing you always do before a show?
I stretch a little bit… I like to drink a beer. Just get my head in the zone and sort of meditate and be by myself a little bit. When i was a teenager in a rap group in Santa Fe, New Mexico… I used to have a ritual where i would listen to the song “deep space 9mm” by El-P before every show…
Official website www.travisegedy.com