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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Guest Mix: Liquid Skulls

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What is Liquid Skulls — where did the name come from?

Liquid Skulls was formed out of cobwebs, boredom, sloppiness, euphoria, joblessness, fleeting moments, liquid curses and lost responsibilities. I wanted a project that had no restrictions, no genre and was open to unplanned experimentation. It is an escape.

A lot of your records seem indebted to that moment in the late '70s or early '80s when synthesizers and drum machines were first being introduced in rock music. That clunky, spacey, sometimes jarring, rudimentary electronic sound. What is it about that era or that sound that appeals to you?

To me, synthesizers are as important and now ubiquitous in music as the human voice. A pivotal moment in history was the 12-year period from 1971 through 1983 where synthesizers went from an obscure musical oddity to the defining sound of a decade. The way this era manipulated and constructed new sounds and tones from electronic devices created what are, to me, the most groundbreaking deconstructions of pop music. Repetitive, sequenced synthesizer patterns have always inspired me for their total disregard for the traditional notions of length or song structure prevalent in pop music.

Read our full interview with Liquid Skulls, from this week's issue.
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