Every week, photographer and conversationalist Jenny Jimenez ventures out into the city and brings back photos and notes about the folks she encounters. This week she bumped into Scott, a junior at UW studying film with aspirations to direct.
Interview by Jenny Jimenez:
Can you name any favorite albums and how they were influential to you?
Madvillain's Madvillainy (a collaboration between the LA Producer Madlib and MF DOOM) was super influential for me, ultimately turning me onto hip-hop. Before this album I had solely been exposed to rap about staking bills, drinking patron and shooting people.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips is another one. It was influential because it marked a change in the music I was listening to at the time. I got the album when I was in 9th grade, just at the end of my classic rock/classic metal phase. It launched me into a new direction of musical interest, namely experimental music and indie rock.
Give me an example of what you were listening to in your classic rock / classic metal phase.
One was certainly AC/DC. They were probably my introduction into that genre of music. I remember the first time I heard Back in Black - I was in 5th grade. They were doing construction at my elementary school and a fire alarm went off. They were unable to shut the alarm off so my teacher put on Back in Black and passed candy around the room.
Tell me about the first show you went to.
Oh man, this is kind of embarrassing. In elementary school, my friend Alex Mashikian and I were really into Weird Al Yankovic. We owned a lot of his albums. In fact, Alex still thinks of him as one of his heroes to this day. His mom bought a bunch of tickets for his birthday freshman year. It was a goofy show but awesome in some respect. I remember it was at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which is a unique place because you are surrounded by trees and you kind of feel like you're in the middle of a forest, which is a weird venue to see this guy because he's a goofy, does parodies, curly headed guy. Our tickets were great. We were in like the fifth row and at one point he jumped off stage and came down the aisle, within arms reach of us and of course we all thought that was the coolest thing ever, as kids do.
What was the last show you went to?
What was the last show you went to?
I saw this band called The Books. I didn't really understand their music until I saw their live show and now from what I understand, they make movies with all this chopped up dialogue and then they compose a soundtrack around that with just a guitar and cello. So it kind of like a collage of sounds when you're just listening to the album by itself, but at the show it was a multi-media presentation. It was super fascinating and entertaining. It was one of a kind.
How do you hear about new music?
I heard about The Books through a friend of mine, Sloane Flashman. I find out about new music through a variety of sources. I have a few music blogs that I check daily but the way I'm exposed most is through friends. I don't really mean "new" as in like "just dropped in December 09'", I mean music that's new to me. For example, Sloan just gave me the Albert Ayler album, New Grass from 1968 and it just totally blew my mind. So I'd say the network of friends is probably the greatest wealth of new music because everyone is into a lot of different music and there is just a ton out there. As one person, it's hard to find it all. It helps when you have friends to help do the legwork for you.