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Electricwest: music, space and cereals

September 4, 2010
  • Is life an inspiration to make music or is music inspiration to live?
  • What would you do if there wouldn’t be music, starting with tomorrow?
    >Move to a small coastal town, take photographs, and write fiction.<
  • …and what if you had to produce in a different music genre? What would that be?
    >90’s-esque jazzy hip hop instrumentals.<
  • The beauty of silence or the chaos of noises?
    >Each, at their appropriate times.<
  • What’s your favourite album ever?
    >Definitely too hard to choose just one.<
  • …and your favourite album cover?
    >Also very hard to choose. I could spend the rest of my life reviewing countless albums and find reasons why each is uniquely amazing.<
  • Is there some music you like – but ashamed to admit it?
    >I’m not that ashamed of the things I listen to.<
  • If you could be a rock star, who would you be?
    >Jim Morrison.<
  • Do you have a role model?
  • Who would you like to meet the most?
    >Non-hostile aliens and/or extra-dimensional beings.<
  • What are your favourite movies?
    >I love so much, it just depends on what I’m in the mood for. I am particularly fond of horror and science fiction.<
  • If you had to direct your own movie, how would it look like?
    >That depends on what it was about, and what I was trying to achieve.<
  • Who would you like to collaborate with the most and why?
    >Probably some experimental video artists so we could create thoughtful audio/visual works.<
  • Is there a band/music genre you can’t stand listening to?
    >Most of the new top 40 and pop rock stuff – any of that annoying power chorus garbage.<
  • What’s your (original) profession?
    >I don’t really have one, except maybe club djing. It’s what I’ve done the longest and most consistently.<
  • What’s your next plan music-wise?
    >To keep making it.<
  • Which language would you like to speak most and why?
    >German – so I could someday move to Berlin where I was born.<
  • How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
    >Shy, friendly, logical, creative, reclusive.<
  • What are your vices?
    >A pain in the ass is what they are.<
  • What is the most unusual comment anyone has ever made about you?
    >I know there has to be one, but I can’t think of it at the moment.<
  • The best moment in your life?
    >I’ve had so many wonderful moments, big and small, and I’m grateful for them all.<
  • What does beauty mean to you?
    >Appealing and meaningful<
  • What would you do today if the world would end tomorrow?
    >Eat a delicious meal and grow ever intoxicated, while listening to as much of my favorite music as possible out of a decent car stereo, parked somewhere with an amazing view.<
  • Which places you love the most?
    >I love the great outdoors. And space, although I unfortunately can’t go there.<
  • What’s your favourite food?
    >I’ll eat almost anything. Asian and Mexican are definitely up there. But also cereal. I love cereal!<
  • What’s your favourite flavour?
    >Whatever works.<
  • Three things you could never get rid of?
    >My computers, my photo collection, and my record collection.<
  • Your three favourite websites?
    >Not sure, I don’t really think of any as a ‘favorite’.<
  • What’s your favourite picture about yourself? (click on the picture for larger size)
    >Taken by Anthea Christensen at a performance in 2007…<

  • What’s your most favourite picture you made? (click on the picture for larger size)
    >My cell phone camera through a rainy windshield…<

  • What is the question you always would have liked to be asked but nobody ever did?
    >Can I please give you this large sum of money?<

Electricwest is Boise-based dj and producer Patrick Benolkin. The project was born in 2005, with the self-release of an ep titled, ‘Departure’. In early 2007, he released two albums – ‘Drawing Plans For Delicate Evasion’ on Boltfish Recordings, alongside ‘Together We Fade’ on EED. Both cds are sold out and out of print, but digital versions are still available. The next two albums, ‘Divine De Vice’ (2008) and ‘Moth3r’ (2009), were released for free via netlabel Archaic Horizon. Purchase his most recent work, ‘Detach’ (2010) on iTunes, Amazon, and more – or directly from Overlap. Patrick also produces ambient/drone music as Eluder.

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