QA : BRENDAN DOUGHERTY

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1. Who are you?

Brendan Dougherty

2. What do you do?

I produce music and sound art and collaborate with performance and theater artists.

3. Where do you often create/produce?

Wherever I am when I find time; about half the time in a studio, the other half somewhere else on a laptop (café, airport, home, etc.).

4. When?

Generally between 10am – 3pm; somehow my most productive time.

5. Why do you play music?

It’s all I ever wanted to do and I’ve never felt better doing anything else.

6. When did you start making music?

First paycheck around 10 or 12, working as a drummer/percussionist in a band with my father and grandfather.

7. Which track defines you the most?

A short track on the new LP Economy and Failure called “More Taut”; it’s just a sketch but it has many elements that I would like to involve in my music.

8. How would you describe your own music?

Rhythmic electronic music which sometimes has melodies.

9. Any track of the moment?

At home our family listens to a lot of poppy hip hop and trap like 21 savage and Migos. Our 4 year old’s main request these days is “Cocky”.

10. What influences your work?

I hope to tap into things which come from a more subconscious place, so its hard to articulate but nothing that I’ve read or heard recently.

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

I took lessons and studied music theory starting in 7th grade and studied music in University. Since then I’ve often wished I had some of the luxuries of being an autodidact; luckily aesthetics are easier to unlearn then techniques.

12. Favorite designer?

The last couple times I saw clothes that I liked and asked about them they were from Walter Van Beirendonck.

13. Favorite book?

When I was 5 I killed myself by Howard Buten.

14. Favorite classic movie?

The Night of the Hunter

15.Favorite music label?

One label that I bought a lot of records from in the past and has probably never put out a bad record is Thrill Jockey.

16.Your dream collaboration?

Kanye West.

17. Are you analog or digital?

This LP is 95% digital but I still have some analog gear that I plug in for their ghosts.

18. Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play?

Ableton Live, Max 4 Live, processors, drums, guitars, synthesizers, drum machines.

19. Describe your creative process?

Pushing myself to make strange decisions which lead to their own logic or poetry.

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

Usually in the last half hour of the time I have to work within.

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

I grew up in Philadelphia and there is a store there called The Sound of Market

Street which is still a magical and mysterious place. I also worked at Tower Records. I currently live around the corner from Hard Wax in Berlin, so there’s that.

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

Believing in things you have no proof for.

23. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

I like my bicycle.

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

I have a family made up of two small kids and a great partner who also has her own social and professional life, so I feel lucky that when I’m not spending time with them, I get to create or work with music and art in some way.

25. Any secret skills?

Baking.

26. Any future plans?

I’m working on a performance which involves an actor and a pre-recorded piece of music.

27. What’s your life motto?

Believe in things you have no proof for (see question #22;).

28. Any “mot de la fin”?

Take yourself out of your comfort zone.

 

 

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