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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 10: Tony Depew by Matt Bomarr

My new "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 10, the focus is on  Tony Depew

My new "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 10, the focus is on Tony Depew

Tony Depew's art always stands out. Even on the already-colorful streets of NY, you can always catch one of his pieces from afar due to his use of bright colors, and their trippy, psychedelic nature.

photo via Mighty Tanaka

Tony's interpretations of other artists such as Chuck Close, Kenny Scharf and Ron English are not to be missed. They can be found in the form of wheatpastes in doorways and on walls throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In addition to participating in Hanksy's awesome one-night-only guerrilla art show in an abandoned NYC building, he's done some great collaborations lately with Roycer and CB23.

A few words with Mr. Depew....

 

What was your first concert?

Ha ha, this is a good one... the first concert I attended was New Kids on the Block in November 1989, at the now extinct Richfield Coliseum in Ohio. My sister and I, as well of a group of us youngins, were invited for a friend's birthday celebration.
 

via Tony Depew

Last concert/show?

The last show I attended was out in Colorado this past August, seeing Phish. My friends and I made it to the second night, of a 3 night run, which ended their Summer Tour. Dancing your ass off at an outdoor venue is soooo much fun! I highly recommend it.  (http://www.jambase.com/Articles/119284/Phish-Denver-Dick's-Setlist-And-The-Skinny-Night-Two)

First album, tape or cd you bought?

First cassette purchased was... Dun dun dunnnn- Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual"; I was 5. In December 2010, while seeing Prince at MSG, she came out and performed a song with him. Bravo, Cyndiiiii.....

Collaboration with Roycer. Via Tony Depew

Last album you bought?

Hmmm... this is a tough one, as it has been a long time since I have purchased any albums. BUT- this past fall I received a 'Baths' album, if that counts. Definitely recommend them for a listen!

Was there any album that made a significant impression on you?

Oh man, so many! Nirvana- In Utero and Nevermind, Grateful Dead's American Beauty, as well as many other bands/albums are what got me through high school. Most Phish albums did too, which has led me to see them dozens of times since the late 90's. Nina Simone- Legendary, can't live without it! As far as having just one album that stands out as leaving a significant impression... I have many. I could go on and on with this list!

Who is your musical hero?

My musical hero? Man, another question where there isn't just one answer!

How important do you think music is to your creative process?

Very. I believe music and art go hand in hand with one another. Traveling all over to see live shows was my outlet from the "normal" life; where I would recharge myself and bring that energy into my creativeness. When working on my art, 97% of the time I have tunes playing- whether albums or live shows. My music selection also depends on my mindset whilst working; I could be creating dark depressing colors, or vibrant day-glo ones that will melt your face off! Sometimes I can even be caught dancing while painting, ha ha...

Tony's contribution to Hanky's "Surplus Candy". Photo by Bomarr

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New Podcast Series: Background Noise. Episode 1 -- Roycer by Matt Bomarr

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Starting today, I'm debuting a new podcast series. Over the next few months, I'll be bringing you bi-weekly episodes of the Background Noise  podcast series. The series puts the focus on street artists and the music that inspires them, the music they listen to while they work, or just straight up music they enjoy. 

photo via  Vandalog

photo via Vandalog

First in the series is Harlem-bred artist Roycer. Also known to some as Choice Royce, or by his given name, Royce Bannon, Roycer has been a fixture in the NYC street art scene for quite a few years now. His signature faces have adorned many walls, stickers, tiles, skateboards, and doors, as well as collaborations with Tony Depew, Dark Cloud and more.  He's been very active in the curation of art shows throughout the city, recently curating From The Street Up at Woodward Gallery, and SPECTRUM at Gallery Brooklyn. 

photo by Lois Stavsky

photo by Lois Stavsky

Once you see Roycer's art, you won't forget it. You will notice it everywhere. His cartoonish faces have morphed over the years from his more menacing creatures to his more innocent looking characters that can be seen more prominently today. 

I'm honored to start off the series with his contribution. A 41-minute mix featuring some classic New York Latin/Jazz/Soul tracks and more surprises. 

Check out more of Roycer's work on his Tumblr, or over on his Instagram

Stream the podcast below, or subscribe on iTunes or Mixcloud. And stay tuned for more podcasts in the series. Many great artists and music coming up.