Downtown Los Angeles Spring 2011
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CONTRIBUTORS DESIREE SCHANDING, ANTHONY TURANO, ALEX LIM, TED EMMONS, SISTER CRAYON, MARCUS GONZALES, CATHERINE ASANOV, DONDEE QUINCENA, ESTHER JEAN, THADDEUS ROMBAUER, MARK MORGAN WWW.QUATROMAG.COM
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The dreary winter is on its way out, and the sun is back to doing what it does best. In astrology, the symbol for the sun is , which also happens to be symbol for gold. And what better way to represent the spring issue than to have gold be our theme. Spring can never have enough bling, and weâ€™re feeling bling-happy here at Quatromag this season. Like King Midas, our spring contributors all have that golden touch. But unlike Midas, who turned everything cold, gold, and dead, our featured talent give you their amazing work in living (blinging) color. So without further ado, letâ€™s bling it on.
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: How did the name Sister Crayon come about? Terra: The name Sister Crayon came subconsciously I guess. I was doing the solo thing for a bit and was going under a different name, and one night, I was writing a letter and just signed it “sister crayon”. I was a bit intoxicated off some red wine, I will admit, but I have no idea why I signed that letter “sister crayon”... it just happened and I looked at the letter the next day and I knew that was the name of the project/future band. It stuck. : When did you guys first come together as a band, and how long have you been performing? Terra: I did the solo thing for about a year in 2007 until I met Dani. She and I hit it off and fell in love, and we just started writing songs pretty much instantly. She would incorporate the MPC on my quiet, little guitar songs. We started writing more hip-hop influenced, ambient songs. We then met Nicholas about a year later and headed the intensity of an actual drum kit. The percussive elements to the songs just grew instantly. There have been a few line-up changes over the years, but we met Jeffrey about a year ago and he’s been in the band for about 7 months now. He adds so much to the songs - the ambience, the electronic textures. We are still evolving as a band and it feels really great to be growing together, learning as we go. We are having a really great time working hard at writing new material and constructing the dynamics of the band
: Listening to your music, it seems to span across different genres. How would you define your sound?
Terra: I think that mood is the biggest element to our music. I don’t know if I could honestly define our sound to any specific genre but I definitely feel that the overall mood of our music is manic, intense, but more so...manic. We’ve just started using that word “manic” to describe our sound because it can get a bit frustrating trying to describe it to someone else. I mean, we have trip-hop elements, hip-hop, electronic, ambient, pop all in there...but the overall mood is what I think of when it comes to these songs, these sounds. I think the overall feeling of misplacement, anxiety...just an intense mood could best describe it, I guess.
: Which artists have influenced you the most? Terra: I can say for myself, that Jeff Buckley has probably been the biggest influence for me. His entire philosophy on life and music has altered my way of thinking since I first discovered him. Not to mention his voice, which is probably the most haunting sound I’ve ever heard. I’m constantly hearing him in my head. No other artist has affected me the way that his music has. Not to be too dramatic, ha. I think overall as a band, we all collectively love Portishead, Radiohead, Jon Brion, Prefuse 73, Aphex Twin, Free The Robots, electronic music in general, film scores, hip-hop. A typical tour playlist will range anywhere from A Tribe Called Quest to Telephone Tel Aviv to 90’s R&B to a Jon Brion film score (depending on who’s driving). : Does the Sacramento music scene differ from the one in Los Angeles? Terra: I think, without a doubt, the Sacramento music scene is different from Los Angeles. Of course, you have LA, which is such a bigger city, with more venues, more artists, more resouces and potentially more opportunities. But Sacramento is in a unique position in that the city provides artists and musicians room to develop. The city is not as fast-paced as other major cities can be and because of that, the city provides such an amazing environment, one in which people can hone in on their craft and have time to really develop their “sound” (not to say that L.A. doesn’t provide that, of course). There’s just something really serene about Sacramento. I haven’t always necessarily appreciated this about Sacramento, especially when I was younger but as I’m getting older I see the beauty of this place. There are a lot of really amazing, talented people here. The music scene is building again here. It may not be as present as L.A. but there is crazy shit happening here too...innovative things going on. We are just happy to be a part of it. : Where have you seen your most enthusiastic crowd thus far? Terra: Sacramento is, by far, the most enthusiastic crowd we have had (so far). I mean, hundreds of people show up (kids to older adults) and they dance and sing and yell. There is nothing but geniune energy at the shows in Sacramento. It amazes us. Besides our hometown, I think San Francisco and Los Angeles have been pretty good to us so far. People come out and seem to appreciate what we are doing. It’s always a nice feeling. : Any crazy stories from any of your gigs? Terra: Man...there have been a few. One time we were playing this concert series in one of the bigger parks in Sacramento and during our last song, a huge fight broke out. It was pretty intense and awkward. I sing with my eyes closed more than half the time so I was just singing away, unaware that blood was being spilt. I mean, literally people were halfway on the stage punching each other, blood flying. We didn’t know whether or not to stop playing but we ended up just playing the song more intensely. I don’t think we will ever forget that show.
: I read that you are currently working with Free The Robots. Is this your first collaboration with Free the Robots? And how has it been working with them? Terra: We actually just befriended Chris of Free The Robots recently. We love his music and are big admirers of his work so when we heard that he wanted to do a remix of one of our songs, we were thrilled. He just finished a remix of a song of ours called “I’m Still The Same Person” and it’s beautiful. Really dope trip-hop, jazzy kind of feel to it. We hope to work with him in the future...that would be amazing. He’s definitely one of our favorites.
: Are there any other bands you are working with, or plan to work with, besides Free The Robots?
Terra: We have actually been really fortunate to befriend some amazing artists in the past year (Busdriver, Papercranes, Religious Girls, Prefuse 73). Busdriver and Prefuse 73 have done some remixes for us and we have been able to work on some ideas with Busdriver for possible future songs. We just want to work on music as much as we can so if we can be creative with other musicians, we are all for it. I know right now we are just focusing on working on our own material (new and old) but we are always looking to work with others. I’m working on some electronic material with a few artists right now but other than that, the main focus is just working on building older songs and writing new ones...just being as productive as possible. : You have a new album, “Bellow”, coming out Feb 22nd. How was the experience of recording this album like, and what do you want fans to take from “Bellow”? Terra: We recorded “Bellow” at The Hangar studio in Sacramento. We spent about a year and a half recording, mixing, fine tuning the album with our engineer Scott McChane. It was an emotional, tiresome, beautiful, challenging year and a half. It was our first time in the studio altogether so we learned a lot from it. I think that the biggest element we gained was just the overall experience of recording together, the bonding of a band that recording allows, almost forces upon you. We developed a lot within those hours at the studio and we look forward to doing it again for the next record. I think that we just want people who will listen to this record to know that we worked hard on creating it and hopefully people can appreciate the effort, that the songs can move them in any kind of way. That’s really all that we can hope for.
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