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Creative Q&A #6 – Daedelus

April 14, 2009

Hi everybody, hope your weekend was swell. I’m kicking off this week’s Creative Q&A with another one of LA’s exciting underground producers, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, aka Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus. After studying jazz at USC, Daedelus started making a hybrid electro, jazz, hip-hop sound that eludes any easy categorization.  With the use of the Monome, his live performances are unlike any electronic performance I’ve ever seen. In college, I was in an electronic music class where we debated the lack of a traditional “front man” instrument in the genre and I think the use of the Monome is bridging that gestural gap. You can check him out for yourself if you’re headed to Coachella this weekend. Take a listen to a couple of his songs and catch my interview after the jump:

My Beau

Make It So

Get Off Your Hihats

CR: What’s your artistic background?
Alfred Darlington: Began listening quite young, and playing instruments shortly thereafter. It was a progression of Clarinet, to Bass Clarinet, to Double Bass!, to all forms of computer and analog weirdness. I knew music was always going to be my future, there really was very few other options, and quite happily it has worked out ok so far…

CR: What’s your favorite medium to work with?
AD: Sound is such a mercurial thing, moving air thousands of feet a second, very hard to hold onto for any long moment. So my medium is entropy and decay, always fading away. So rather then rail against this I’ve found it fun to embrace and let my techniques change song to song, let the medium divide into thousand little moments.

CR: What medium would you like to work with?
AD: More good players, Los Angeles is full of amazing musicians and vocalists, but I’ve only had access to a dew drop of them. Maybe a full orchestra someday? or perhaps a big band? and of course there is always making music for film, which is one of my greatest desires (as I am very indebted to the composers of the 50s and 60s, tall giants to walk tiny among).

CR: Do you have a favorite personal work? If so, what is it?
AD: No personal favorite, no totally happy production or piece. That is the death of creativity, being completely happy. There always must be a reason to create again, to get composing anew, to try for something amazing.

CR: Who’s blowing your mind right now?
AD: All my peers here at home and abroad. This is an amazing time for musicians, very confusing for the old labels, and down right tough for listeners. All this music swirling around and barely a way to find it all. So many talented voices coming out and I know how hard it is to be heard…

CR: What’s in heavy rotation on your iTunes, or CD player, tape deck, turn table, etc?
AD: Nosaj Thing, Dorian Concept, Samiyam, Ras G, Skymall, Baseck, Italian Beat music of the 60s, Japanese R&B from the 80s.

CR: What’s next for you?
AD: What else but music music music…oh and a projects with my wife which was newly released, entitled, “The Long Lost”, and I hope it’s good for those pre-warmth Spring days, or too hot Summer ones…

Thanks to Al for stopping by and sharing. You can check out Daedelus and his Monome in an XLR8R TV feature here.

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