Pictureplane answers the Questions of Doom
In this white box, I'll be honest - I usually try and pitch you on why the person who I interviewed is important. Every artist we get and participate in our interview series is 'important' (to us) and Pictureplane? He's the real deal. When asked: 'All I will say is that I am a real artist, and I don't do this for fame or for money. I do this because I have to. It is who I am and it is in my blood.' ' You can't fake his funk. It's too real. We had no choice but too get Pictureplane in for this week's Questions of Doom!
Who is Pictureplane?
Pictureplane is a performance artist trying to change the world one rave at a time.
How do you feel the name Pictureplane evokes the music you make?
My music has changed so much since I started making music under the name, so I honestly don't know. It is really just a name. When I chose the name, I was painting pictures of a lot of air planes.
What do you think you were trying to achieve by the release of Dimensional Rip 7: Thee Physical Remixes – how did it fit into the story of Pictureplane?
Dimensional rip 7 was the 7th "dimensional rip". Which is an ongoing conceptual art piece that Ihave been doing the past few years. Other dimensional rips have been zines, group art shows that I curated, mix tapes of slowed down happy hardcore, and performance works invoking the spirit of Madonna inside of art museums, among others. The idea is creating something that bends reality and literally tears open or rips a hole within our dimension in to another. The remix project was meant to be a viral explosion and effect people's physical worlds through the digital medium of the internet, and I think it was really successful in doing that.
You were an early arrival on the ‘chillwave’ scene but you seem to have stepped away from that media tag after your tour with Washed Out and Small Black, was that intentional?
The music of Pictureplane has never really ever been "chill". That is definitely not an adjective that I would use to describe my music. Both those bands are my really good friends, but i think I sound a lot different than them.
You’ve remixed, and have been remixed, has this constant remix process taught you anything new for the music? And if so, what particular track?
Remixing is really fun and it is good practice for making my own music. I think most people first found out about my music through my remixes for HEALTH and Crystal Castles, so I owe a lot to the medium.
Are you recording your follow up to Thee Physical?
Do you feel you’ve exhausted the DIY aesthetic of previous albums, or do you feel there is an abundance of material to still be explored?
I am overflowing with ideas.
Was it strange navigating the initial ‘internet’ buzz of Pictureplane into more of a career?
All I will say is that I am a real artist, and I don't do this for fame or for money. I do this because I have to. It is who I am and it is in my blood.
What do you feel has been the biggest misconception of your music?
That I am not the real deal. I think people see pictures of me and judge me on how I am dressed or how I look and write me off as being a joke or something. I just don't follow trends or the herd and I don't think people know what to think about people like me.
What bands should we be checking out?
Currently listening to and vibing on: laurel halo, light asylum, death grips, el-p, gatekeeper, teengirl fantasy, d'eon, grimes, james ferraro, dj dog dick, becoming real, alphabets, autre ne vuet, TRUST, mykki blanco, tons of shit... i dont know. i am always obsessed with new music.