Hollywood or Bollywood? And why?
What was your favorite thing to do when you were 7 years old? Is it still relevant today?
Have you ever been arrested ? If so what was the crime you committed?No, I have not! God, im boring. My friend Amos and I did go down to the poliece station when we were in high school and asked them to take mug shots of us for the yearbook. They totally did and they looked pretty legit, but the school wouldn’t let us put them in the yearbook
What is the most favorite live performance you've ever went to?
I have seen a lot of very memorable live shows but I think I will have to say seeing Bjork the first time. It was July 2003, on Coney Island with Sigur Ros opening up. It was so hot but the ocean air cooled us off, it was in that ball field down there so it was very open. Her live band included Matmos, a terrific electronic duo, and they really kicked the songs up a notch. EVERYONE was dancing and singing along. It was absolutely perfect and to top it off, there were fireworks and lots of pyrotechnics going on!
Tell us a bit about your other current projects or bands you are working on/with?
With other folks: I am producing and play guitar in Giant Travel Avant Garde and we are in the middle of recording a full length record we have been rehearsing for for awhile. I used to play drums but now we have a way better drummer and these songs have come together really wonderfully. So far, it sounds HUGE. Very pumped! I have the skeleton of a band with Caleb Thomas, a great singer from Woodstock to get some sort of folk punk thing together. My other band, The Jobz, will be recording an EP soon of some new songs. There are a few other projects on the back burner as well, including more Beast Meats free/noise stuff. Putting out the Earth has really made me more enthused to put out more of my own music. I am a few songs in on a new record or some other release in the future. I am hoping the shared music project we are heading up takes shape nicely as well! Submissions welcome!
What is the most disturbing article or interview you had read lately that disturbed you or enlightened you ?
Well, its sad to say, because I am not totally blind to the injustices of the world, nor do I always have my head in producing music but I did love the recent Pitchfork interview with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, in regards to the new re masters of their albums. He is my #1 inspiration for music production and just knowing how he is never satisfied with his products despite them being so great and important is so admirable to know. It helps my excuse my flaws, probably more than I should but its inspirational. He talked about a lot new technology vs. old and how it effects production. This stuff has been said before, but I love his take on it.
Who's your favorite holiday mascot?
Anything else you'd like to share???
Thanks so much for the interview! Fred is such a great addition to the upper valley scene! Love the blog and Pliable Tones! Keep UV Weird!
You can stream/download for pay-what-you-will my record, The Earth at http://ryanthebert.bandcamp.