photo credit : Nathaniel Young
1. Who are you?
P.O.I., aka Person of Interest.
2. What do you do?
I like to chop it up with friends and dance.
3. Where do you often create/produce?
Putnam and Irving.
Bright n’ early!
5. Why do you play music?
Makes me happy.
6. When did you start making music?
7. Any track of the moment?
8.What influences your work?
My neighborhood, my youth, the night, loss, redemption.
9.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?
Painting, San Francisco Art Institute.
10. Favorite designer?
11. Favorite book?
2666, Roberto Bolano.
12. Favorite classic movie?
13. Your dream collaboration?
14. Are you analog or digital?
15. Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?
Tempest, Korg Volca Sample, MS2000, Roland JV 1010, Arturia mini and micro brute, Roland 505, Akai ak80, x0xb0x mostly…
16. Describe your creative process?
Explode and refine.
17. When are you the most prolific (creatively)?
Days off, long sessions.
18. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)
19. What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)
Live fast, die last.
20. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
21. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)
Ignoring my phone…
22. Any future plans?
First European tour!
23. What’s your life motto?
Hard work trumps talent .
24. Any “mot de la fin”?
Shouts go out to Ron, Phil, Jio, Hank, Brian, Brian, Oli, Jerimee, Garret, Zach, Daniel, Daniel, Nico, Riley, LQQK, John, Craig, Matthew, Elizabeth, Bailey, Nick, Forrest, Matt, Doug, Great Tunes, 94109, Heaven Street, Primitive Languages, Bossanova, Palisades, Aurora, Daniel, and everybody else who has said hey and supported and rocked POI in this houz movement.
| This discussion was conducted by email |
1 – What does P.O.I mean?
P.O.I. can mean different things to different people and I wouldn’t want to limit its meaning to my own interpretation. The term “person of interest” is sometimes used by police and journalists to describe an otherwise unidentified or undisclosed individual who is usually wanted for questioning or in relation to some kind of crime. I like the implications to it, the connections someone who doesn’t know me might conjure up in their heads, and because in a surveillance state we are all essentially persons of interest.
2 – It’s funny when we ‘googled’ you in order to know more about your digital self, the only successful key sentence we got was ‘poi lies’..
Do you often ‘lie’ to your entourage about this secret identity?
No. It’s not very hard to piece it together. I don’t hide my identity when I play out.
3 – Many producers are using different aliases, what do you think of the notion of camouflage in music? Do you have other secret aliases?
I think a lot of artists take that approach for many reasons, not all of which are conceptual or artistic. From a marketing standpoint they may very well stand to benefit from spreading their output across different projects. I love it. I love nom de plumes, pseudonyms, etc.. It’s all in good fun I think. I’ve got a couple yeah!
4 – We found your work politically engaged; a comment on this confusing digital age in which we are blindlessly diving it..
Is music for you a mean to make personal statements ?
I’m glad that you think so! Up until now I would argue that I’ve focused on making club tracks. For the most part, I see the music I make as a way to extend beyond my own personal feelings and meeting halfway with the listener on terms we hopefully both agree with. I think that’s what keeps me so stuck on dance music is that its such a profoundly communal medium that I think it blurs the imaginary line between individuals, between artist and spectator. Though I like what you said about being engaged politically. I’m definitely drawn to work that functions on a cerebral level. I want what I do to work in this way as well as viscerally. I think it allows for an extended consideration of the work. The consumption of music is so fast these days and anything that can ask you to live with it, to really internalize it… I think that’s a worthwhile endeavor for sure.
5 – Your live performance at Bossanovacivic club was transcendent, it had this avant-garde brutal noise appeal, distinct from your digital work.
When performing, is it for you a necessity to take sounds to their extreme ?
Woah, yeah, thank you! That night was good! I don’t always feel like that’s necessary, though. I try to be flexible with my live sets and to really correspond to the energy in the room. There’s a time for everything: A time to love and a time to hate. That night was special though. Playing Confused House was always like a goal, a dream, so it was cool to live through that.
6 – Are all of your live set ups hardware?
I just really wanted to try out the vocoder on my Korg ms2000 and between that and the synth line I was like yeah alright lets make something knocking and yeah was just in that kinda mood, you know?
8 – Another track we found excellent but couldn’t find it online is ‘Laundry’ ?
Are you planning on releasing it soon?
Not sure yet, tbh.
9 – We found CCCP 08 on Russian Torrent Versions (L.I.E.S.’ sub label) raw and experimental, whether your releases on L.I.E.S. such as L.I.E.S. 020.5 are more house/techno oriented..
Does signing with a label empowered and expanded your creativity?
Context is important… If it wasn’t for the support from L.I.E.S. I wouldn’t be where I’m at now. I work better when I know I have a home for my work, it’s easier to imagine what I wanna hear on a record than to just make tracks. Them Russian Torrent Versions though- that record is a bootleg! I’m just stoked those tracks ended up on vinyl! J. Albert and Vereker feature on that ting.
J. Albert is my brother. The dude got a haircut I could tell he was feeling good and I was like “eyyy, let’s jam”.
11 – What do you think of the notion of collaboration?
Is there any other creative minds from L.I.E.S. you would be interested in collaborating with?
I’d be honored to work with any of my L.I.E.S. labelmates, for real. Half the reason I make music is from the inspiration I got from listening to their shit in the beginning… I’m talking 014, 015, 016. Damn. Changed my life.
12 – Besides music is there another discipline you would like to explore?
Mixed martial arts.