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Background Noise, Episode 81: Dee Dee 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 81, THE FOCUS IS ON DEE DEE

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 81, THE FOCUS IS ON DEE DEE

No one really knows a whole lot about mysterious street artist Dee Dee. There is literally no revealing information on the internet about her. Despite this, Dee Dee has quickly amassed quite a cult following over the past couple of years. Her colorful, collage edits often feature beautiful, sultry women smiling, screaming or staring right through you. It's all quite mesmerizing, to say the least. 

She just hosted a small, but impressive pop-up show called "The Day Is My Enemy"  in New York City with the fine folks at Montreal's Station 16 Gallery. Being one of the many "cult followers" of her work myself, I nearly hopped on a plane to make the opening. From what I've heard from friends, it was quite the success. 

Dee Dee doesn't really say much. As you can see, the answers to my music questions are not exactly, well....verbose. She prefers to let the music do the talking, as you can witness yourself with the excellent gothy/synth mix she compiled for this. 

Oh, and for a limited time, she's got some artwork available for purchase direct through Station 16. I'd say get them now, while you can still afford them. She's rising fast. 

What was your first concert?

Last concert/show?

First album you bought?

Last album you bought?

Was there one record that made a significant impression on you?

Who is your musical hero?
I love David Bowie. Like a caterpillar to a butterfly he is always changing. Always risking.

How important is music to your creative process?
Music is everything.

1. "Masked Ball" - Jocelyn Pook
2. "The Calling (MkII)" - Death In June
3. "A Question Of Time" - Clan Of Xymox
4. "Baby Turns Blue" - Virgin Prunes
5. "Cities In Dust" - Siouxsie And The Banshees
6. "Deep Ocean Vast Sea" - Peter Murphy
7. "Films" - Gary Numan
8. "Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead" - Assemblage 23
9. "Night Time" - Killing Joke
10. "Chance" - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
11. "Baby's On Fire" - Brian Eno
12. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" - Revolting Cocks
13. "Now I'm Feeling Zombified" - Alien Sex Fiend
14. "I'm Insane" - Sonic Youth
15. "Lucretia My Reflection - Sisters Of Mercy
16. "Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me" - IAMX
17. "Applause" - Lady Gaga
18. Coming Down (Slow Version) - Daniel Ash

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

Hanksy launches Surplus Candy Web Series by Matt Valerio

International man about town Hanksy has launched a web series that takes its name from the guerrilla art show he put on earlier this year. Episode 1 of Surplus Candy focuses on a few artists in the Montreal street art scene: Stikki Peaches, Whatisadam & Omen, and French artist Kashink.

Background Noise, Episode 30: Whatisadam 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 30, the focus is on Montreal street artist Whatisadam

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 30, the focus is on Montreal street artist Whatisadam

(photo by  Aline Mairet )

(photo by Aline Mairet)

Not much is known about Montreal-based street artist WIA (Whatisadam). Like many others in his trade, he likes to keep his identity a secret.

He has worked with the Montreal artist collective En Masse, which boasts artists such as Beau Stanton, Elle Deadsex, Gaia, Lunar New Year and MANY others as members. He's also been known to traverse the streets with fellow Montreal artist Stikki Peaches. WIA is most known for his morphed variations of North American wildlife. From prostitute deer to buffaloes with headdresses. He's also an avid hockey fan, as you can see in his street piece above. It features a menacing member of the Montreal Canadiens, complete with ski mask and axe-wielding hockey stick. WIA also has a recent piece that features a large can of "Pure Maple Sizzurp", which I find particularly funny, and in addition to a print depicting this, he also created a life-size 200 liter oil drum of the Pure Maple Sizzurp, featuring a detachable resin oil "drip" spilling out onto the floor.

Fans of Brooklyn-based art duo Faile may find Whatisadam's work appealing, due to his use of old comic/pulp novel cover-inspired imagery, although he still has a style all his own. His work has also been used as a digital backdrop for some of pop star Pink's live shows, which has not hurt his exposure level at all.

(photo by  fanny )

(photo by fanny)

WIA is represented by Montreal's excellent Station 16 Gallery. The gallery has some great pieces of his for sale, which you should pick up while you can still afford them.

(photo by  Aline Mairet )

(photo by Aline Mairet)

What was your first concert? 
My first concert if I remember correctly, was “The Guess Who”. My dad brought me, and we rocked out. 

Last concert/show?
My last concert was nine inch nails. 

First album, tape or cd you bought?
I never bought tapes, I copied them! I waited until songs played on the radio and created my own. But when Cd’s rolled around, the first CD I probably bought was Nofx or Lagwagon. I was really into punk as a teenager. 

Last album you bought?
Last album I bought was Timber Timbre (creep on creepin on). 

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
Their are actually two albums that really left an impressed the first time I heard them : The Mars Volta’s (De-Loused in the Comatorium) and Kanye West’s (Dark Fantasy).

Who is your musical hero?
Don’t got one.

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
I think music is a very important part. It helps build my creative atmosphere. I like to surround myself with images and sounds that bring out new ideas and colours, it also makes things more fun. Music has always created pictures in my head, and I try to get those pictures out on canvas or paper. I’ve also always listened to music before and during a night out in the city, so it’s definitely a part of my regular routine. 

(photo via  Whatisadam )

(photo via Whatisadam)

- Lights and camera by Yuna
- R U with Me by ASTR
- You & Me (Flume Remix) by Disclosure
- U got me by Lee Foss 
- Northern Lights by Kate Boy
- Heartbreaker by MSTRKRFT 
- Home by Austra
- Stay High (Tove Lo Flip) by Hippie Sabotage
- Genesis by Grimes
- Televators by Mars Volta
- Deadbeat Summer by Neon Indian
- Work by Iggy Azalea
- Drunk in Love by Beyonce (jay Z)
- Slow Blues by Wu Tang Clan (indie culture)
- Stillness is the move by Dirty Projectors  
- Comin Home by City and Colour 
- Bad Ritual by Timber Timbre

 

Check out Whatisadam's excellent 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 also check out more of his work over at his website.


Background Noise, Episode 27: Stikki Peaches 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 27, the focus is on Stikki Peaches

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 27, the focus is on Stikki Peaches

Stikki Peaches is a street artist out of Montreal. His work is often pop culture-based, using well-known imagery that we all know and love.  One of his best known characters, known as "Bat Bond", blends the Caped Crusader's head with James Bond's body, with some spiked shoulder pads and a gun with a flower in it for good measure. This piece is usually accompanied by a question that Stikki asks in frequently in his pieces: "What if art ruled the world?"

You'll find that he also has a penchant for Star Wars. Darth Vader's helmet, and the Stormtrooper helmet have become iconic images in their own right, but Stikki takes them another step further, juxtaposing them onto men in suits, usually with some form of bright pants on.

His work is eye-catching from afar, but he adds yet another layer to his work to make it that much more interesting. He'll frequently fill in the faces of his pieces with hand-written words and drawings, sometimes looking like facial tattoos that might look like a bunch of scribbles until you get closer and see words like "hope" , skulls and crossbones, diamonds, "troop life" and more. Or for some extra color in the pants, he'll paste in some colorful comic book pages, and sometimes lays out stickers given to him by his friends in the street art scene to create hair or other features on his work.

Stikki has risen fast in the Montreal street art scene, and shows no signs of slowing down. He'll always get his stuff up when he visits NY as well, and people are taking notice.

Check out more of his work here, as well as his Tumblr, and buy some of his art via the great folks at Station 16.

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What was your first concert? 
U2

Last concert/show?
Jay Z, Holy Grail 

First album, tape or cd you bought?
Thriller vinyl (Still have it!) 

Last album you bought?
Kissland (The Weeknd) 

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?
Kiss (Psycho Circus) I was crowd surfing and unexpectedly ended up onstage. 

How important do you think music is to your creative process?
I couldn't imagine working with no music either in the background or plugged in my ear. It helps me get lost in my work, no other distractions. It’s like an escape. The music comes on, the creative juices start flowing and before you know it, you've created magic, all because of those good vibes running through your veins :)

Episode 27 track list:
Bonobo - First Fires
Blackroc - What You Do To Me
The Weeknd - Wanderlust
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Radiohead - Creep
The Bad Plus - Sing For A Silver Dollar
Nirvana - Come As You Are
The Roots - The Seed 2.0
The Killers - This River Is Wild
Frank Sinatra - You Make Me Feel So Young
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
Oasis - Hello

Check out Stikki'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.

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