Tell us where you are from. How relevant is the post-punk, goth, darkwave scene there?
I live in the northern metropolis of Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA. Although, Edmonton is small in size there are a lot of enthusiastic and talented individuals residing here. Relevant ‘post-punk’ bands are Blood Bitch, Beauty Rest and Boothman.
What projects are you a part of and when did they begin? Which project has been the most meaningful to you and why?
Static Control began in 2011 as a collage paper zine, now it is a platform for all my personal creative outlets. I play bass in Strangled, which began in 2013, and The Strap which began in 2014. Rhythm of Cruelty which began in 2011 has been most significant of all projects. Ian and I have been creating and exploring music together for roughly seven years now. Five of those years have been with Rhythm of Cruelty specifically. We have a lot of fun with this project and I really enjoy Ian's creative input.
When did you begin playing music? What type of equipment do you use?
From ages eleven to fourteen I played clarinet in Kitscoty's school senior jazz band. When I was sixteen I moved to Edmonton, where I eventually met Ian and Moira. When I was nineteen we started our first band together, Geister.
What type of equipment do you use?
At the moment I’m using a bass, synths, a drum machine and a Trumpet.
In regards to your collage artwork for Static Control, what is your inspiration for this artwork? (if you are going to submit a piece of art for this interview, please tell us about your submission)
I am constantly being inspired by my dreams and the subconscious of the human mind. My collages allow me to create a world of my own; a world which explores and challenges notions of what is real. The piece I’ve shared here is from the year before last. I am trying to express the value of insight, and the significance of understanding.
Artistically the collage works of László Moholy-Nagy, and Marianne Brandt will always inspire me as well.
What is next for you in the future? Any big plans for your projects coming up in the near future?
I would like to be focusing my energy on all of my artistic outputs. While allowing myself no limitations I want to explore different sounds, different avenues of expression. Right now Rhythm of Cruelty is recording all new music . We will release it later this year; along with a tour to follow. Static Control has a project in the works to film a video, and plans to release another cassette on Edmontons' own Pseudo Laboratories. Strangled is in the finishing process of mixing our latest batch of recordings which we will also unveil later this year.
Interview by Nikole Valdez