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Background Noise, Episode 51: Edapt by Matt Valerio

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 51, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST EDAPT

THE BACKGROUND NOISE PODCAST SERIES FOCUSES ON THE MUSIC THAT ARTISTS LISTEN TO WHEN THEY WORK, WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES THEM, OR JUST MUSIC THEY LIKE. THIS WEEK, IN EPISODE 51, THE FOCUS IS ON ARTIST EDAPT

Alongside his partners in crime, CB23, Foxxface and Tony Depew, Edapt has started to make a name for himself in the New York street art scene. He often participates in Free Art Fridays, an art giveaway that primarily happens on, but is not limited to, the first Friday of each month. Artists place a piece of their art somewhere in public, photograph it, and post it to Instagram with the hashtags #fafny and #fafnyc. Fans of the artists, or just people looking to discover new artists, will look up the hashtags on Twitter, attempt to decipher where the piece was placed, and then rush as fast as they can to retrieve it before another art lover can get to it. It's really quite a brilliant phenomenon, and I'm sure Edapt and his friends have definitely made some new fans in the process of participating in this. 

photo via the street museum of art

photo via the street museum of art

As far as information about Edapt goes, it's extremely limited. Like most street artists, he chooses to remain anonymous, but his sticker, wheat paste and bolt up collaborations with Clint Mario, Tony Depew and the rest of his friends, need no backstory. They're just fascinating pieces of work. Often colorful, and often devilish with a taste of silliness, it's a style that's all his own. 

What was your first concert?
I went to a Matchbox 20 concert for a friend’s birthday.  The first show I remember buying tickets for myself was Deftones on their White Pony tour.

Last concert/show
Dr. Dog at Music Hall of Williamsburg on the first night of their run in NYC.

First album, tape or cd you bought?
I’m pretty sure it was Presidents of the United States of America from a Blockbuster Music at the mall.  I still think that holds up as a good power pop album.

Last album you bought?
I buy records pretty often, so I’m not sure what the last one was.  But my sister just gave me Ty Segall - Manipulator for Christmas, so that’s the most recent addition.

photo by matt bomarr

photo by matt bomarr

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
Highly Refined Pirates by Minus the Bear was pretty huge for me.  I was listening to almost exclusively punk and ska at the time, and that record sounded so new to me.  It definitely changed my musical perspective a bit.

Who is your musical hero?
Ted Leo.  I’ve seen Ted Leo and The Pharmacists live more times than I can count.  Talented, principled, funny.

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
Extremely.  I would say I have music on while drawing, painting, whatever 99% of the time.  When I am over in Bushwick working with CB23 and Foxxface, someone will always throw some new jams on the stereo.  At home, my wife and I have a constantly growing vinyl collection, and we will put an album on and both sink in to our work.  As a visual artist, I think music is great for transporting you in to a different brain space, presenting a new aesthetic reality compared to where you were just minutes earlier.  That probably sounds pretentious, but it’s true. 

photo via  edapt.nyc

photo via edapt.nyc

David Bowie - D.J.
The Three Degrees - Collage
El Guincho - Palmitos Park
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy
Dr. Dog - Where’d All The Time Go
Deerhunter - Revival
Ty Segall - Feel
Minus the Bear - Monkey!!! Knife!!! Fight!!!
Dillinger Four - Maximum Piss & Vinegar
The Dismemberment Plan - The City
The Olivia Tremor Control - Define a Transparent Dream
Beach Boys - I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling
The Congos - Fisherman

Check out Edapt's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here. Check out Edapt's website, and follow him on Instagram.

Background Noise, Episode 42: CB23 by Matt Valerio

The "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 42, the focus is on New York artist CB23.

The "Background Noise" podcast series focuses on the music that artists listen to when they work, what music inspires them, or just music they like. This week, in Episode 42, the focus is on New York artist CB23.

There's not a whole lot of information out there on artist CB23. However, The Street Museum of Art seems to have a little tidbit:

In his youth, CB23 fluctuated between a life spent absorbing absorbing cartoons and the surrounding urban denigration of Atlanta’s abandoned complexes.  Although he may have left the south behind, the adventure and animations have absorbed into his psyche, leaving a deep yearning for self-expression within his newly found urban environment. Influences include: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Rock-A-Doodle, Ren and Stimpy, and all those cartoons that, in retrospect, your parents’ probably shouldn’t have let you watch.
CB23 / Edapt / foxxface collaboration (photo by taylor langone)

CB23 / Edapt / foxxface collaboration (photo by taylor langone)

CB23 (known as "Classic" to some), left the southern states for the cold northeast, where he could immerse himself in Brooklyn's bustling art world. It was there, alongside fellow artists/collaborators Foxxface, Edapt, Tony Depew, Clint Mario and others that he started to make a name for himself. His stickers, wooden bolt-ups, and graffiti started appearing everywhere. All different shapes and sizes, and all using the same general image: a man with thick eyebrows, a wide nose and often narrow, almost closed eyes. The biggest variation on his imagery being the mouth, which usually conveys a different mood for each character. Sometimes somber, sometimes surprised, and rarely smiling.

His prolificacy has worked wonders. It's gotten his work into NYC's Fountain Art Fair, and various group shows. It's a classic (no pun intended) example of how if you can use image familiarity to create brand awareness. Just keep putting an image (or variation of an image) out there, and if you're persistent, people will start to take notice. Especially if it's well done.

What was your first concert?
My first show was probably Raffi or some kid's shit but I can't really remember...

Last concert/show?
The last concert I went to was Ty Segall at The Bowery Ballroom.

First album you bought?
The first album that I ever owned was Weird Al Yankovic's, "Greatest Hits."
The second was Hermans Hermits self titled record.

Last album you bought?
These days I usually get my music off Spotify and the last playlist I added was 'Run The Jewels 2.' But the last physical record I bought was an Oh Sees LP from a concert last year. I wish I had more money to spend on music.

CB23 / TONY DEPEW COLLABORATION

CB23 / TONY DEPEW COLLABORATION

Was there one album that made a significant impression on you?
The one record that really made an impression on me was Gorillaz, "Demon Days." I only used to listen to punk music in high school (Ramones, Briefs, Johnny Thunders) and during my first year of college a girl persuaded me into smoking a joint with her and we to Demon Days. It had so many dense layers of sound, the complete opposite of punk music, I was sucked in. I went to my local record shop and bought the first two Gorillaz CD's and skipped class for a week.

Who is your musical hero?
Danger Mouse

How important is music to your creative process?
I always like to have some tunes playing while I create. Sometimes the mood of the music can dictate the mood of the faces that I draw.

1. Slow Country- Gorillaz
2. Porno Disaster- The Octopus Project
3. O Katrina- Black Lips
4. The Mall & Misery- The Broken Bells
5. Crushed Bones- WHY?
6. Trouble In Your Mind- Carolina Chocolate Drops
7. I Just Dont Know What To Do With Myself- The White Stripes
8. Skin- Ty Segall
9. Motorlicker- Tobacco
10. Sipping on Some Syrup- Three 6 Mafia
11. Havana Affair- The Ramones
12. Tender- Blur
13. Wet Paste- Two Blushing Pilgrims
14. Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix- Emily Wells
15. The Downer Song- The Shortwave Set
16. Last Living Souls- Gorillaz
17. Modern Art- Black Lips
18. Poor and Weird- The Briefs
19. Find A New Way- Tune-Yards
20. Shake Appeal- Iggy Pop
21. Benzi Box- Danger Doom
22. Sun Lips- Black Moth Super Rainbow
23. Forgot About Dre- Dr. Dre

Check out CB23's mix below, download it directly here, or subscribe to the Background Noise podcast on iTunes. Be sure to like Background Noise on Facebook for updates on future episodes. You can browse ALL the Background Noise episodes here. Check out CB23 on Instagram here.