Only ZenAware has released with us as consistently as Neon Chief has. Having not missed an issue since they both joined, we’re honored to have such commitment. Neon Chief in particular has been working hard making sure we have art for ALL of our projects! Every 2 weeks he whips up new banner art and profile photos for our Cypher Series, and each time we drop a new segment of our issue, he’s quick to make sure we’re covered in the world of visuals. Although we’ve interviewed him now 4 times – there is always something new to learn about one of our veterans :). Read below!
Interview curated by Michael of the Phuture Collective team.
Phuture Collective: Tell us a bit about what went into ‘Sentiment’? What environment were you in, and what was going on in your life at the time?
Neon Chief:Sentiment is a little older but was a half finished track inspired by dark wet nights in all night cafes. Definitely made in a tranquil mood. So I updated it for this issue and made some new parts!
Phuture Collective: Such few people are able to balance the arts. For example, you not only produce audio but are also quite skilled with visual art… After all, we’ve looked snazzier than ever the past several months since you took over our overall image. Can’t count the times that we’ve been complimented on our logo, headers, and album art. How do you balance audio and visual arts time?
Neon Chief: I try to make sure I set aside time for both since time spent in one art form seems to improve my abilities in another. I’ll even set hour long timers and jump back and forth between media.
Phuture Collective: What are a couple of your most favorite songs you’ve discovered the past few months?
CYGN – Fragilidad SZA – Broken Clocks
Gangus & PAINT – Palo Santo
Tsuruda – Slippin’
Goldwater – Boolin’
Portugal the Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)
Phuture Collective: If music wasn’t apart of your life, what you would you be doing instead?
Neon Chief:I would probably be doing economic research or studying to do it. I honestly still think about going back to school for it.
Phuture Collective: If you had three wishes – other than wishing for more than three wishes – what would they be?
Neon Chief: Free plane tickets for life, unlimited money, perfect pitch
Phuture Collective: How do you feel people in the 1950’s would respond to this track? How do you think it would or wouldn’t influence or change the history of music and sound art?
Neon Chief: I bet the bass would be weird for them haha just in general. But it’s hard to say because of how much the 1950s musicians have influenced (whether we know it or not) the modern producer. I think the more open minded people would dig the music but the vast majority would be horrified by the subject matter lol.