This month will feature a couple of articles by yours truly! This first one is an album very special to me that I only recently came across. FLIES is an experimental artist without limitations from Massachusetts. His newest EP, ‘Exi(s)t,’ exhibits interesting mixtures of memorable chord progressions, voices, beats, combinations of clear and lo-fi samples, and textures. While not in the chip realm, I wanted to expose those who love that genre with others that integrates otherworldly elements to hopefully inspire, and continue to expand the beautiful world of music and sound design.
My advice for our readers is to listen to the album from start to finish — there is a little bit of something to appeal to everyone, from IDM to trip hop lovers, and each segment is articulated with his own branding style. With album title tracks written eccentrically, Frank Price, also known as FLIES, has another idea in mind for the listener. Can you solve the puzzle with track name clues?
FLIES: Pizza. Daleks. Facebook…
FLIES: FLIES is some sneaky devil-worshipping illuminati-type-shit. I could tell you but I’d have to kill you.
What advice would you give anyone starting out?
FLIES: Don’t let anybody get you down or tell you that your music is not good. There’s an audience for every type of music. And if you really think it’s good, then it is. Be real.
FLIES: The first FLIES song was a skramz/emo tune. I was in punk bands and indie bands before that. This is my first full release of electronic music. It is also my most cohesive release. I put a lot of thought into recurring themes within the songs, the art, and even the song titles. There’s a secret message in the titles, actually.
What inspires you?
FLIES: Some of the experiences I have found most inspiring are, I guess, good friendships. Communing with myself and the world. I’m trying not to be vague! Listen to the EP and you’ll know. I love haunted, abandoned places.
3. Lineage by Shigeto
FLIES: You know, I’m not sure how I’m perceived by other people anymore. That’s something I’ve worked really hard to stop thinking about, and I’m finally about there. I hope they perceive me as “just me.” Both artistically, and as a person, because if I’m doing it right it’s the same thing.
Michael Jordan or Larry Bird and why?
FLIES: I’m not huge on football.
If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
FLIES: Anyone can master an instrument if they want to. I have chosen to spread myself around.
FLIES: Making a fire new track with Jamie Billings. Also working on a spoken word part for one of my tracks with a really cool poet named Anna Xie.
FLIES: I love chip tunes, but I wouldn’t say I’m super familiar with a lot of particular artists. Hehe Where am I? I love this band called Crying from BK though. I love to cry while watching football.
FLIES: Hit me up on my personal Facebook to collaborate, or just chat.
Next up, we have visual artist, John Kahl.
John Kahl: My name is John Kahl. I survive by collecting income from a job at a marketing company mostly doing data entry. When I can I make art in various forms, primarily drawings, animation and photography. I contributed the visual artwork and design for the FLIES album.
John Kahl: Frank and I met in college. We shared an interest in exploring the surreal atmospheres of the woods at night and an abandoned asylum near our campus.
John Kahl: I don’t have an exact memory nor would I consider any specific one to be particularly significant. I was lucky to attend a rather alternative school with an emphasis on arts and I remember we would do watercolor nearly every day so I was fortunate to be exposed to principles of composition color theory, etc., as a child.
John Kahl: The idea that there is something else out there.
John Kahl: The Album cover was made using a painting that incorporates some collaged material and then edited in Photoshop. Other elements include photographs mostly macro shots layered over each other.
John Kahl: I am currently working on an animated adaptation of a horror story by Arthur Machen.
John Kahl: http://ragakugan.tumblr.com/
I hope you all check this album out; it’s something that stood out to me, and I’m so glad PJ sent it to me. I’m currently awaiting my physical copy to arrive in the mail, and cannot wait. Keep your eye on FLIES, and the good people involved!
Till next time,
The Unicorn Princess