TAYLOR DEUPREE

INTERVIEW: TAYLOR DEUPREE: EXH:B:T:ON OF WORDS AND SOUNDS

Is life an inspiration to make music or is music inspiration to live?
it is both absolutely.

What would you do if there wouldn’t be music, starting with tomorrow?
photograph.

…and what if you had to produce in a different music genre? What would that be?
quiet, sparse, folk music.

The beauty of silence or the chaos of noises?
what? I can’t hear you over this horrible racket of city noise….

What’s your favourite album ever?
Brian Eno “Thursday afternoon”
New Order “power, corruption, and lies”
Great Lake Swimmers “great lake swimmers”
Mojave 3 “out of tune”

…and your favourite album cover?
too many to list. New Orders die-cut “blue monday” comes to mind though.

Is there some music you like – but ashamed to admit it?
never.

If you could be a rock star, who would you be?
none of them.

Do you have a role model?
not particularly.

Who would you like to meet the most?
someone from the far, far distant future.

What are your favourite movies?
i don’t have a lot of time to watch movies… but some favorites: 2001, Primer, Blade Runner.

If you had to direct your own movie, how would it look like?
it would have a very narrow color palette, be quite empty, quiet, calm and slow… and mostly devoid of people.

What’s your favourite food?
sushi.

Is there a band/music genre you can’t stand listening to?
R&B.

What’s your (original) profession?
graphic designer.

What’s your next plan musicwise?
travelling to York University in York (UK) for an artist-in-residency program at the end of this month. i will work on new material hopefully for a forthcoming solo release. i am also hopefully finishing up a collaboration with Shuttle358 soon and starting a new collaborative project with the band Hammock, which i’m really excited about.

Which language would you like to speak most and why?
Japanese. I have a lot of friends and business there.. would be great if my Japanese was better.

How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
shy. passionate. overworked. materialistic. logical.

What are your vices?
buying studio equipment.

What is the most unusual comment anyone has ever made about you?
i wish i could remember.. there have likely been some good ones!

The best moment in your life?
too many moments. the birth of my son was one of them. also, standing in what seemed like the middle of the ocean in Bora Bora.

What does beauty mean to you?
simplicity. honesty. purity.

What would you do today if the world would end tomorrow?
play with Lego with my son.

Which places you love the most?
my home, Harajuku, the American SouthWest, NYC, Hawai’i, Kyoto.

Who’s your favourite superhero and why?
when I was a kid i collected comics quite a bit. i was really into Daredevil… he was sort of a quiet, mysterious type who had a lot of confidence despite his shortcomings (he was blind).

What’s your favourite flavour?
lime.

Three things you could never get rid of?
if you mean objects… i feel that no objects are sacred… otherwise, i would hate to get rid of my eyes and ears (that’s 4 things)

Your three favourite websites?
whichever ones i need at the time to find answers or research whatever is i need. one of my favorite music websites is gearslutz.com (but you can’t take it too seriously), for photography i like dpreview.com. i use the internet mainly for research and info, not so much for entertainment.

What’s your favourite picture about yourself?
i’m not terribly photogenic, so it’s hard to find pictures of me that i like… but this one taken in April by friend/artist Corey Fuller i like.

What’s your most favourite picture you made?
i take a lot of photographs! so it’s hard to pick a favorite. i guess my photography website (taylordeupree.com) has my favorites of the hundreds/thousands that i take. this one (attached) is one of them. it actually looks quite a bit like my movie (see above question) may look like. it’s a photograph of an empty room in an old salt-storage warehouse in Santiago, Chile.

What is the question you always would have liked to be asked but nobody ever did?
in interviews i like to be asked questions that i wouldn’t have thought of myself. so it’s hard for me to answer this. i can tell you what question i don’t like people asking.. and that is “what do you see as the future of electronic music”…..

What do you see as the future of electronic music?
and i can answer : “i can’t see the future.”
Taylor Deupree