Photo of Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny from Arthur Magazine .

Ben Chasny is better known as Six Organs of Admittance , an


Ben Chasny Adjusts To Life In Seattle




Photo of Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny from Arthur Magazine.

Ben Chasny is better known as Six Organs of Admittance, an acid-folk guitar hero whose music channels the rural Zen simplicity of L, the American stylings of John Fahey, the woodsy mystique of Northern California, and the off-the-hook intensity of Les Rallizes Denude. There is a solace in his music that emergese from a river of sustained chaos, and it's resulted in one of the strongest bodies of work from a contemporary artist this side of Will Oldham. That said, if you're not familiar with Dark Noontide, Dust & Chimes, School of the Flower, and everything else he's done, then hurry out to your nearby record retailer and get that shit. Because not only are the records amazing, but having moved to Seattle recently, Chasny is now one of your neighbors,. After being born and raised in California and spending most of his life in Humboldt County, Santa Cruz, and the Bay Area, I figured Chasny would have a unique perspective on life as a new Seattle transplant.

How long have you lived here? You were living in the Bay Area previously, correct?

I moved here mid-September but then immediately went on tour for a few weeks, so I have actually only been living here in Seattle for a few weeks. I was living in SF before that.

Having the job you do you could probably live anywhere, right? What made you decide on Seattle?

I have a whole lot of really close friends up here that I wanted to be closer too. There also seems to be an amazing amount of creative people up here that are doing really wonderful things.

 How do you like the city so far? What part of town are you living in?

So far it's been awesome here. So much more peaceful than my old neighborhood. I live in Ballard now.

The people of Seattle are known for being passive-aggressive and, perhaps, falsely polite. Have you noticed this at all? If so, does it annoy you, or is it a welcome change from where you were before?

You mean the people who have been nice have been false about it? Damn! They do a good job then! I haven't thought anyone was being passive aggressive so far. Everyone seems just generally really nice and friendly. It's been pretty nice.

You're from California where people also know how to drive. Have you noticed how Seattleites seem to be afraid of I-5? Don't you think it's strange that people brake when getting on the freeway?

Well it seems I myself have avoided the I-5 since I have been up here, as well! Aurora is my jam. Thanks for the heads-up about the breaking while going onto the freeway. I'll keep an eye out for that!

What do you think of Seattle's record stores?

Seattle seems to be blessed with some really good ones, like Sonic Boom and Wall of Sound. I hope they are able to ride out the storm. When all the record stores close up people will be that much closer to just being zombie robots sitting in front of their computers, hitting a button to download a record that they will just forget about in a day because the action that it took to get the record was the exact same action as checking their email, reading the news, looking up a phone number, etc. Record stores are a way for people to be social and therefore human. It seems like an overly simple statement, but I am afraid that soon enough we will all be an army of robots.

A lot of people complain about the cost of living here. How does Seattle compare to the Bay Area?

Well, my girlfriend and I now pay less for our studio house than we paid to live in SF in a house with 2 other room mates, so I think that should answer your question.

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