Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Moment with Chris Jarvis from Phantasmagoria

Yesterday we posted an interview with James Linck who is releasing his album alongside Phantasmagoria at St. Andrew's this Saturday, June 15. Today we got a chance to ask Chris Jarvis from Phantasmagoria about the album release, their recent performance at Movement and his top three musical inspirations. I fell a little more in love with Chris when I read about our shared love and respect for Nirvana. Playing Movement was a huge milestone for Chris and Lianna, and we hope that it is a sign of bigger and better things to come. They received a lot of good press after their performance and hopefully finally caught your attention.

This little hustler and his friends are definitely taking over and redefining the Detroit scene. In fact, the show was supposed to be upstairs in the new room at St. Andrew's, but quickly got moved downstairs into the main room. Someone must have heard that they will pack the place and get people dancing! Here's to better days and doing Illuminati stuff. Congratulations on your album release!

HipInDetroit- Please tell us about your experience playing Movement this year.

Chris- "It was great. It’s been a dream and goal of mine for a long time so it was a pretty awesome feeling accomplishing that. Also we got amazing free food and drinks, I spent a lot of time there..."

HipInDetroit- Why did you name the album Dayze?

Chris- "All I’ll say is it’s a play on the words “days” and “daze.” The rest of the concept is for the listener to interpret."

HipInDetroit- Phantasmagoria has released two singles off of the album so far. How do you decide what tracks you will release early?

Chris- "We’ve actually released 3, but we just released whatever songs were finished first. At first we weren’t even going to do an album. We were kind of sick of the whole process so we were just going to release a bunch of singles, but I still love the album format so we ended up doing it anyway."

HipInDetroit- How do you think your music has grown and changed from the first release?

Chris- "It’s grown and changed in almost every single way. From the way it was written, recorded, produced to the sounds I used and more importantly the sounds I didn’t use. We got out of the computer this time and used almost all sounds we recorded ourselves or took from our field recordings. We used hardly any soft synths or sequenced synths. Everything was played live."

HipInDetroit- Where was this album recorded and produced?

Chris- "Mostly in our basement. We did a few impromptu recording sessions with our friends in random places just jamming out that we used on the album."

HipInDetroit- You teamed up with James Linck to do a dual album release. You also play with James when he performs live, so the obvious question is what is the most embarrassing James Linck story you can share with us?

Chris- "That’s hard to say. James is a smooth guy, he pulls stuff off that I never could and even when shit goes down he just shrugs it off, I can’t remember ever seeing him embarrassed. The first thing that comes to mind though is him getting headbutted in the face at like 6 a.m. after a drunken argument. I had to break it up, it was pretty funny. I won’t say who the argument was between but James definitely got a punch in too."

HipInDetroit- What is your favorite show from the last six months?

Chris- "Besides Movement it’s a tie between two shows I just saw this weekend. Mount Kimbie & Holy Other, and Baths, Houses, & D33J. Blew my fuckin mind what they are doing with electronic music. Seriously next level shit, makes me want to step my game up!"

HipInDetroit- First concert you ever went to?

Chris- "I think it was Blink 182 and New Found Glory when I was in like 6th grade. It was at DTE and as my uncle and I were walking down the steps to the mens bathroom a drunk girl was stumbling down the stairs next to us. My uncle tried to inform her that the womens bathroom was the other way and she puked all over my bare leg."

HipInDetroit- Three most influential artists in your life and why?

Chris- "Radiohead - my dad got me into them at an early age, he used to play The Bends and OK Computer for me all the time in the mid-late 90s and I was really into it. Then Kid A came out and he thought it was weird and wasn’t really into it but that’s when I absolutely fell in love with them and couldn’t get enough. I couldn’t believe or understand the sounds they were making."

Nirvana - Nevermind was one of the first cassettes I owned. My uncle was living with us when it came out and he had a huge cassette and CD collection that I would go through and listen to random things. That’s how I discovered Nevermind and I ended up listening to it so much and so frequently that he just gave it to me.

Boards Of Canada - This is the group that really got me into electronic music when I was in high school. We had a radio station at our school and I was in that class. Every morning we played all electronic music on the air for an hour and all the kids in the class took turns DJing. At first I hated it because I wasn’t really into electronic music but I discovered a few gems and started to get really into it. I probably owe my love for electronic music to that class. We had a small selection of minidiscs (remember those?) to choose from so I got to know the music really well after a while. Things like Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Massive Attack, Moby. It would usually be me and a friend of mine DJing and we’d turn off all the lights and just vibe out, or we’d bring in a disco ball or other flashing lights and have a straight up dance party in the studio at like 7 a.m. haha! But BOC was the first artist that I really got lost in and thought “I want to make music that makes people feel this way.”"

HipInDetroit- What is your favorite place to play in Detroit right now?

Chris- I don’t know. I’m kind of sick of playing everywhere. I like playing sketchy parties where everyone is friends and really fucked up and getting weird to the music.

HipInDetroit- Where do you see Phantasmagoria in a year?

Chris- I have no idea. That’s kind of a tough question to answer right now. Hopefully famous as shit, poppin bottles with Jay Z and doing Illuminati stuff.

The show is 18 plus and is $5 at the door. St. Andrews is located at 431 E. Congress Detroit MI.


No comments:

Post a Comment