STRANGE STORIES This article was really interesting to me because it is yet another example of how the “HEY APATHY!” artworks have transcended traditional artistic circles in press. The Kulture Shock article in this indy music magazine is generally about up and coming bands and musicians so it was an honor to cross mediums and be included in the publication. Also, as mentioned in the article, music played a huge part of my graffiti street art performances.
Not only did I find inspiration in the rhythm and story telling of my favorite jazz and funk players but I also used the music to enhance my street presence. Depending on the venue, time of day, and audience I would choose my musical selection to help express my moods. It was amazing how quickly and powerfully new sounds would recreate the environment transforming the streets into a magical world of imagination.
Although my personal tastes in music are extremely varied including everything from dub reggae to Stravinsky I found that jazz and jazz-fusion was generally the most suitable during my live street paintings. This was because the music never repeats itself which allowed me to get lost in the solos with free and endlessly innovative brush strokes. In addition to this creative inspiration I also discovered that this music, although not particularly mainstream, really affected people. I noticed that a lot of different people were really interested in these funky instrumentals. Many people, of all sorts of subcultures including hip-hop, rave, and rock stopped to ask me what was on the stereo.
One of my favorite things
(hah-hah) was to blast the experimental John Coltrane or the vicious Frank
Zappa “Plastic People” in the middle of a busy crowd of commercial shoppers. I
also remember cranking some heavy tunes at Toronto’s City Hall during the annual art
fair…Oh those were some good times. At any rate the music was a really
important part in my little attempt to recreate reality and it was nice to be
included in a magazine dedicated that art form rather than the visual medium.