Hello Good people of the Electronic Cottage! Sorry for the silence on my part, but i’ve been uninspired to write lately, and life got a bit in the way, as it tends to do. I was complaining about this lack of inspiration to my friend Adam Naworal on facebook messenger, and apparently i was’nt alone in this. So We decided to ask each other some interview questions.
Adam Naworal is a great noise-enthusiast ,record/cd/tape collector, anti-musician and artist of Jacksonville, Florida , over in America. His musical endevours include among others Waste of Tape and Tomokie’s Cup aswell as solo experimentations. Armed with strange exotic instruments, drums,synthesizers, And even one of those crazy tiny Ashbory basses, he records whatever he feels like recording. This eclectic instrumentation always ends up adding a flavor to his sound that is’nt quite like anyone else’s.
I interviewed him over email lately, because both of us had writers block and decided to fix that by interviewing each other.
Ditlev: You have collected quite a few instruments over the years. What are some of your favorites to play ?
Adam: The Ashbory bass is my current favorite, due to its versatility and uniqueness. It's somewhat hard to pick favorites, though, since the different instruments we have each have their own charms, strengths, and weaknesses. It also really depends on my mood and my ideas as to what I choose to play at any given time. I will say I prefer strings, electronics, and keys, but I've been known to dabble with drums and other percussion as well.
Ditlev: What are some of the artists that you grew up listening to? Even artists You dont like but that your parents played all the time counts. Sometimes reacting to music,that You dont like can inspire too.
Adam: My folks listened to a weird mix of poppy stuff (Neil Young, Kenny Loggins, Sade, etc.) and Tangerine Dream, oddly enough. I went through a lot of discovery with music over the years. The first band I got really into was the Beatles. Circa high school I discovered extreme metal, industrial, goth rock, and noise rock. Around my late teens/early twenties I started getting into free improvisation and free jazz, which I saw as similar to early industrial music. Exploring the Nurse With Wound list was officially when I decided that I too could make experimental music and find an audience
Ditlev: Yor’re originally from Maryland, but came to Florida. What attracted you to FL? I always wanted to go there because of the art and noise community
Adam: Well, my life was literally falling apart at the seams. My relationships were getting complicated, people let me down, I had issues with drug abuse and mental instability. I needed to get out of there if I was going to live. My folks had recently moved to Florida and offered to let me stay with them while I figured things out. They had a condo in Jacksonville for rent and we decided that was the best option. Being here literally saved my life and improved my outlook. The art and music communities are just a welcome bonus!
Ditlev: I recently started viewing nature as art more, its just a matter of seeing it. The symmetry of a snowflake and the structure of a leaf, for example. You and your wife Aimee go hiking alot, i’ve been told. What are some of your favorite places to go for inspiration?
Adam: I agree with that! Nature is its own special form of artwork. Our top three parks in FL are Washington Oaks State Gardens, Tomoka State Park, and Ravine Gardens State Park. All are endlessly inspirational and there's always a good chance you can walk for hours and never run into anyone else. It's truly liberating when you live in a big city like we do.
Ditlev: You and I both have a fascination with Japan and it’s culture. You with your manga and me with my importing of nintendo famicom games. Does japanese culture influence your art in any way? I have’nt seen you with a shamisen yet, so maybe not, but you never know. Have you travelled there before?
Adam: I'm not as into manga and anime these days, but for a long while both were fascinations of mine. I tend to be inspired by Japanese music, movies, and horror fiction these days. There's a very unique approach to horror in Japan which you just don't find anywhere else. We don't have a shamisen, but we do have a taishogoto! In a lot of ways things OTHER than music inspire what I do, though naturally there's exceptions to that.
Ditlev: And last but not least do you have any hyperlinks you want to share, relating to your art?
Adam: For a look inside my musical and cinematic mindset, visit my RateYourMusic page. Thanks so much for the interview, Ditlev! It was fun!
And If you want to explore the strange rythms in Adam’s head further i recommend this video from Hal McGee’s Apartment Music 29 starring Adam and his significant other (Aimee) performing as Tomokie’s Cup
Aswell as his track on the new EC compilation wich can be heard or downloaded on bandcamp:
And keep an eye on Adam’s Electronic Cottage page, where he will be interviewing me one of these days!