QA : BOBBY FLAN

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1. Who are you?

rob goyanes, but that’s not much of an answer to that question

2. What do you do?

i’m a freelance writer and editor. i write essays about culture and politics, as well as fiction and poetry. i currently make music as bobby flan

3. Where do you often create/produce?

a room in an apartment

4. When?

nearly every evening, sometimes other times

5. Why do you play music?

the three major reasons are community, pleasure, and habit

6. When did you start making music?

i started playing bass 16 years ago. i’ve played that and other instruments in numerous bands since then. current electronic stuff really got goin in 2014 while i was living in a foreclosed house/art space called general practice in miami

7. Which track defines you the most?

the most recent one, for better or worse. this might also be the best time to plug a tape that’s coming out on 2100 called “The Club is a Concept”, which is out on jan. 8

8. How would you describe your own music?

it’s funny that underground musicians often cite this as a baneful question, as if putting their music into a box/boxes is this terrible thing (in that regard, it both is and isn’t). i definitely make rhythmic electronic music, though there’s sometimes arhythmic and acoustic elements. i’d describe it as this sort of constant wrestling with the idea of dance music and the range of moods and generic clothing that can dress that skeleton

9. Any track of the moment?

10.What influences your work?

the biggest influence is friends who are makers, followed by the larger community of artists and performers in nyc and miami (where i’m from). beyond that, a wide variety of music and sonic phenomenon

11.What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact?

i studied international relations in college. music-wise, i took a guitar class in high school. the teacher was pretty rad. besides that and convos with friends and using the internet, i fumble through it

12.Favorite designer?

mmm if i had to pick one, vito acconci

13.Favorite book?

on the non-fiction side, currently in love with mark fisher’s “the weird and the eerie.” favorite fiction this year was ottessa moshfegh’s “homesick for another world”

14.Favorite classic movie?

sunset boulevard or the birds

15.Favorite music label?

primitive languages

16.Your dream collaboration?

nick klein on drums, miguel alvarino on vocals and bass, alex suárez on guitar, me as handler

17. Are you analog or digital?

both

18.Which softwares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?

at the moment i’m coming out of a pure ableton setup and building up a modular synth. early flan was with a roland mc-909 and pedals

19.Describe your creative process?

it’s never the same, but i’m either acting on a mood or thought, solving some technical riddle (how do i get this to do this), or thinking through an issue of form (this reverb or this rhythmic phrase), until i have something that feels satisfying. then it’s usually lots of editing, or some games of chance, followed by arrangement, mixing, recording, and performing

20.When are you the most prolific (creatively)?

i probably make the most when i’m happy or manic. the good stuff, however, comes during healthy balances of lows and highs

21. Any favorite record stores? (Real/virtual)

All Day Records

22.What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)

life sucks, but it always sucks more for someone else. i try to be optimistic while also paying hard attention to global realities

23.Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

as I get older I’m shedding unhealthy habits. i quit hard drugs and cigarettes over 3 years ago. i ate a salad the size of my head for lunch today

24.How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)

just do the damn thing, then take a break

25. Any secret skills?

i obviously cannot reveal those

26. Any future plans?

i want to cultivate a family and network of empathetic humans, write books, play gigs, and try to do what’s right

27.What’s your life motto?

here’s a line from that mark fisher book: “a dreaming without a dreamer”

28. Any “mot de la fin”?

nah

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