atjf interview :: pattern is movement

After the Jump presents Pattern is Movement, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Brooklyn, NY, performing the evening benefit with Health, Project Jenny Project Jan, XXXchange, Titus Andronicus, and Mixel Pixel at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show begins at 8:30pm.

Listen to :: Bird

MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

We began playing as Pattern is Movement in early 2002. When the band began – there were five members. The band has evolved from a five piece to a two piece. However, Andrew and I have been playing together since we were 13 yrs of age. We started out as a christian hip hop group and we morphed into a rock band in early high school. I would say that recording a christian hip hop record at the age of 13 was an experience that we both kept with us — the videos are amazing.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in Philly, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

We really love Philadelphia and the music that comes from it. Its nice to be making music in a city that has such a history when it comes to music. A bar that ‘smells’ like home for me is Johnny Brenda’s in the fishtown section of Philadelphia. They serve only local beers and the food is quite wonderful. They also have a rad jukebox which has some of the best selection in all of Philly.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

We like to swim in a hotel pool prior the to show and if possible – watch some judge judy. We really dont have a favourite song to perform live – but I do like when we jam on the Roots in soundcheck and once in awhile during the show for fun.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

I am a huge lover of the artist Henri Matisse. His works are so wonderful. One of his paintings, The Red studio, is quite fantastic. I find his use of color in this painting is quite moving. He subverts the order of painting, namely, line and structure, for the saturation of the color red. The color, in this painting, becomes the subject.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

The Dodos’ Visiter because every time I play it while I do sound – at least 4 people come up and ask who is this. I tell them and then we start talking about how this record sounds like it was made 15 yrs ago.

Daniel Karsten Daniels’ Fear of Flying took a couple of listens, but once I got into the heart of the record, I couldn’t believe how amazing it was. The track Martha Ann should be in a movie.

Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago kind of snuck up on me. I personally am not a singer/songwriter type of person – but this record is way above that label. I am dumbfounded by the way he incorporates basic melodic structure with such sexy posturing in his vocals. He has this wonderful Prince quality that I am in love with. When I hear this record – I am just floored. This is by far my favorite record of 2008.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

Hip Hop from the 1990’s:

They Reminisce over You : Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
C.R.E.A.M : Wu Tang Clan
Let Me Ride : Dr. Dre
Who Got the Props : BlackMoon
Sometimes I Rhyme Slow : Nice and Smooth

images. pattern is movement / artwork. henry matisse
[.thankyou to chris.]

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