mercredi 26 décembre 2012

Interview : Sun Araw (Cameron Stallones)

From our first encounter with Sun Araw’s sound Heavy Deeds, in the comfort of our home, cajoled by a bass line/ wave-like guitars/ calling chantsinto a state of potent ecstasy to the anticipation of live performance with or without the Congos, in London and in Paris, the same journey initiated in isolation then completed with many; we searched for a meaning that sparks and shines in experience. The dilemma of an interview: how much do you need to know about your own god. But a god is an end point. Better pick up the strands of the tapestry partially woven by Cameron Stallones and his collaborators and us all. We are only looking for open answers. Cameron Stallones is our interviewee.

1. Your first musical memories?
My dad had a guitar, I started noodling on that.  Mowed a bunch of lawns and bought an electric and a delay pedal.  Lots of bedroom walls of noise.

2. The best record you received as a present? / The worse one?
I have some friends who know my taste very well, they always do the right thing.

3. The first record that you lost?
I’m not trying to brag but I don’t think I’ve ever lost a record.

4. The name of your imaginary band?
Sun Araw

5. In which environment do you like to record music?
A good one, but you can project that.  Most of my stuff I make at home.  Been making things on the road recently, that’s cool too.

6. What will music sound like in 50 years / 5000 years?
Let’s just hope no one knows.

7. Who changed your life?
A long string of people to whom I am perpetually grateful.

8. After Icon Give Thanks with the Gongos and M. Geddes Gengras, your new dream collaboration?
Bernie Worrell

9. Your favourite album to have a drink?
If it’s wistful late-tour after hours then Unhalfbricking by Fairport Convention.  If we’re not trying to hurt, I keep it to Sweet Exorcist by Curtis Mayfield.

10. The little-known track that everyone should have heard of?
Can't blow up my spot.

11. The record that freaks you out?
In a good way?  Aja by Steely Dan.

12. To where is the Sun Ark headed?
Let’s hope no one knows.

13. The film that tickles your creativity?
Woof, that's a long list!  World-building powers of The Falls (by Peter Greenaway) with atmospheric lessons of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

14. How do you see your relationship with Sonic Boom as a ‘master’ on your last two albums?
Pete is a “master” of all trades, he wields the true lettuce, and his ears are on point.  He made the last two records sound real real good I think.

15. An album you wouldn’t want to be?
Well, I guess don't knock anything til you try it?

16. The cover version you would love to do?
There’s a part of a song I want to cover, I’ve been thinking about for a while.  Just the last part.  But I can’t say because I might try it, and I'd rather if no one could tell what it was.

17. “Imagine waking up tomorrow morning and all music has disappeared. All musical instruments and all forms of recorded music, gone. A world without music.”. What will you do ?
I dunno man, sounds rough.

18. The text you would like to produce a soundtrack for?
Jorge Luis Borges, in general.

19. Have you ever had auditory hallucinations?

20. How would you like to die?
I’ve definitely thought about it.

Sun Araw's latest released
Inner Treaty - LP

Split spacemen 3/Sun Araw 'That's just fine (vocal version)/i'm gonna cross that river of jordan' 7" on

Recommanded on Sun Ark records :
JD Emmanuel - Echoes from Ancient Caves

What we said about Sun Araw
Live at the Batofar, Paris : Cameron Stallones is God ; Nous avons les preuves de l'existence de Dieu and Heavy Deeds

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