domingo, 2 de julho de 2017

Just Like Medicine with Dream Joints - An Interview

Dream Joints é o lado dark de Mike Turi do Wild Wil Wets.

O cara lançou recentemente seu primeiro disco cheio o sombrio e psicodélico "Just Like Medicine", algo como se o Echo & The Bunnymen se juntasse ao Spacemen 3 para fazer uma jam.

Dark em sua essência, ácido em seus efeitos, o Dream Joints unificou em beats, loops send condensados em seus synths densos, toda a eloquência dos Bunnymen e a repetição acidamente minimalista de Sonic Boom e Peter Kember.

"Just Like Medicine" é como o nome sugere, um medicamento apenas, porém absolutamente obrigatório.

***** Interview with Dream Joints *****

Q. When did Dream Joints start? Tell us about the history...
• Before Wild Wild Wets became a full band I had forced my hand in trying to write music without relying on others. I used to get really frustrated with flakes and the down time of not playing / performing. So I wrote "Everyday Obstacle" a song that romanticizes struggle. When I finished writing the 1st batch of songs I had my friend from back home, Vin Cacchionne of CAGED ANIMALS, listen to them one night in his railroad apartment in Brooklyn. His interest and support in the music was a big part of my decision to continue with the project. When he had toured through San Diego the following year I decided to play my fist gig, supporting them & Darwin Deez at a sold-out show at the legendary Casbah. The set went over very well and I've been continuing the work ever since: writing, recording and making my live set sparkle.

Q: Who are your influences?
• I'm particular to bands like The Velvets and Spacemen 3 that explore the textures and universe of what can be found with 1-2 chords. Dirty Beaches' music inspired me to experiment and perform by myself. John Dwyer's determination and work ethic as well as his will to be weird and wild on his own terms, not to mention his constant cycle of recording & releasing his music. I've just recently dove fully into Kraftwerk's whole catalog, so who knows what all of that inspiration will bring to the table.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
• The Velvet Underground
• Pink Floyd - Animals
• Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost
• Spacemen 3 - Sounds of Confusion
• David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Q. How do you feel playing live?
• I've been performing since I was 13 in one band or another. I started by being thrown into it by friends so in one way or another all of my bands have had that camaraderie of sharing the stage & performing as a band together. For Dream Joints, I've been performing live on stage by myself which has been a very new experience. That pressure just pushes me to want to do a better job performing and enticing the crowd to move a little more. Sometimes it just takes 1 person to get the room moving & when I'm up on stage I know it's gotta be me. When the crowd & I get there together it's the best feeling and all the anxiety has vanished and has been justified and I can direct those energies into my performance.

Q. How do you describe Dream Joints sounds?
• It's been called "Gloom Bloom" by some close friends, but it can be easily housed in a dark-wave category. A lot of the songs I write touch on romanticizing the pain and fear that comes with my auto-immune disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis. I feel this also gives the music it's sound, you can feel the dreariness and the groove, dark and dancy.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
• It can start many different ways depending on whats in my house at the time I started the track, but most often I start with the beat. As a singer I've always relied on the beat foremost to deliver what I'm feeling a songs world will live in. After that it's a cornucopia of chance and trying to capture what I need from the song to put me in there. It's been quite a journey so far and everyday opens new doors for creativity.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
• I just had the pleasure of inviting Våkoum to my album release party. These 2 girls from Brooklyn are working insanely hard at delivering a beautiful dreamscape that is captivating and wondrous. It's amazing they have moved out here and are gracing us with their sounds.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
• Damaged Bug, John Dwyer's solo project. I just got around to picking up the first 2 LPs and it's absolutely on par, in my brain, with what I'm doing and want to work towards.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
• I'm wrapping up the next album as we speak. In the meantime, I'm looking to travel and support this first album and hope to gain more listeners who dig what I'm making.

Q: Any parting words?
• Someone please send me to Sao Paulo so I can perform down there and party with you all. I've always wanted to go. Cheers!