I have known Wes for a number of years. We first met at a show for my old project [injekted] and had a strange friend connection from when I lived in Hawaii. For the last couple years Wes and I have been swapping remixes and collaborating on some different fun things - at one point we lived together and were the worst people on earth! Earlier in 2013 I asked Wes to be a part of the [product] live show and am extremely pleased with this! Wes plays keys sometimes, but the newest venture has been stage lighting - which has added so much to the live show.
What was the first industrial album you purchased?
At this point, I’m not sure what the first industrial album I ever purchased was. I was introduced to industrial when a friend of a friend showed up and started playing :wumpscut:, VNV, and Project Pitchfork. I also was listening to Bigod 20 without knowing that they would be associated with industrial, or that industrial was a thing.
If I really had to pin down the first industrial album I actually bought, it is likely the answer is Syncope by Tactical Sekt, Burning Heaven by Distorted Memory, or something by Combichrist.
What has been the most influential industrial album to your own music?
This has morphed quite a bit over the past few years. In earlier times I would have said Syncope. That album definitely has a strong residual influence over my music; it directed me into harsh EBM, and my music could arguably still be defined as such. Now, however, I would say the most influential album is actually a trilogy of albums, specifically The Void Trilogy by Die Sektor (Applied Structures in a Void, Final Electro Solution, and (-)existence). Their instrumentation and cleaner vocal style has changed how I look at my own music.
I am also highly influenced by hip-hop and hardcore/post-hardcore music. The tropes of these genres are disparate, but both feature heavily in my song structure and beats.
What are you currently listening to most often?
(-)existence is on heavy rotation right now. I also have a constant love affair with Aviator, a post-hardcore band from Maryland.
I also spend a large amount of time listening to Supreme Court arguments.
Which [product] live performance has been the most memorable?
I have to break this out into two separate categories: [product] performance I have watched and [product] performance I have participated in.
For the former, I would have to say the most memorable was probably the first time I saw him playing with Levi on the floor rather than on a stage. I can’t remember the where or when, but the emotional impact of the performance was much stronger than the others.
For the later, it would be either the performance opening for Hive where we debuted the new lighting, or the show we played at the Tonic Lounge opening for Fractured and DYM. Both performances were incredibly fun.
Which [product] song is your favorite to play live?
Brackish, hands down. The breakdown is incredibly fun; I love jumping around and beating my chest to the snare.
If you could choose any band to tour with, from any time period, which would you choose?
I would love to tour with Die Sektor some time. They were great to open for, they’re one of my biggest influences and incredibly pleasant people!