Tarot Chords lay before you to conjure more than what we currently have. They tell of a future unlike our own. A future we're in dire need of. The tale of renaissance and the cold rediscovery of the creative spirit. Witch house, drag, ghost drone, dark wave, dark snyth, witch bass, zombie rave and sometimes even seapunk will find their way into the notes of this feature. These sounds are brought to "life" by composers who not only to test the boundaries of music today, but most importantly the paradigms that envelope it.
This week, we have a special treat for our Tarot Chords feature. A couple of our editors (Alyce and Briana) attended the same show with oOoOO, White Ring and Sibian& Faun at Glasslands Gallery. Below is an exclusive preview of an interview with Christopher Dexter Greenspan of oOoOO. Salivate your mouths with the mini read because the entire conversation will be up tomorrow. Stay tuned!
EM: When you play, you do DJ sets and performances, can you tell us the difference of the two?
CDG: It's weird. I don't really DJ that much. It was a while ago, before I knew how to play my own stuff live. I wouldn't even call that serious DJing. I was just throwing stuff in a program on my laptop and just playing tracks off my laptop. Now, I use Logic and sometimes Traktor which is actually a DJ software and I combine them. Basically, what I do live is play live remixes of my tracks. I would say 75% of the time that I play live is with my friend, Laura, who has this project called Butterclock. She does live vocals.
EM: You make a lot of beats, what do you think vocals add to the music?
CDG: Well, when I play with Laura, it is definitely more a pop oriented kind of show. The show feels more song based whereas, when I work by myself, the show is more of me cutting up my own songs and a digital collage of my tracks. It feels like one long track because there's no breaks. It feels less like me playing a series of songs but a 40 minute set.
EM: Do you have a preference?
CDG: I definitely like playing with Laura better. There are certain songs I can't play without the vocals. It just doesn't sound cool. It's also weird when there's just one guy standing on stage and you hear all these vocals coming. I definitely prefer to play with Laura.
EM: How did you meet Laura?
CDG: Through the internet, of course (smirk). We started exchanging tracks sometime last year. So I knew her through email and working on music before we even met in person.
EM: On your twitter, what language is in your bio? What does it say?
CDG: It's in Russian and I can't say. I'd rather it remain a mystery to none Russian speakers.
EM: Out of all of your remixes, which is your favorite? There's one with The Big Pink, Salem...
CDG: I did one with Marina & the Diamonds that I really like a lot. That's probably my favorite one.
EM: You're someone associated or friends with Salem and White Ring, what do you think of "Witch House"?
CDG: I don't know, I feel like it's over anyway. I'm hoping people don't throw that tag around when my next record comes out. I never really got what that was, honestly. I never self identified as that but if it helps people figure out where my music fits in, then that's fine with me. I think what I do is electronic music, nothing specifically in that genre.
EM: No spiritual aspects then?
CDG: No, nothing like that from me.
EM: Do you ever get sick of capitalizing the Os in your name?
CDG: Not at all, I like it.
Now back to your regular paranormal sounds.