This month, we chat with Goxton, a second year grad student who works in Film, Video, and New Media. Goxton is a multi-instrumentalist, and he produces his own music videos, which you might catch sometime on CAN TV, Chicago’s public access television station.
Listen to Goxton Here
Brandon Kosters: Who do you play with? Do you play with other SAIC students or alumni?
Goxton: Goxton. Goxton is looking for collaborators!
BK: If you were to summarize your practice in two sentences, what would you say?
G: My practice is about humor and love. Humor is surprise meant to shock you into understanding. Love is tracing the modulations of a sound, i.e. being a “good listener.”
BK: What instruments do you play, and what have you built?
G: I use the guitar, synthesizer, vocals, and a sampler.
BK: Which artists have informed your practice?
G: Todd Rundgren, Douglas Sirk, Lewis Carroll, and Kazimir Malevich.
BK: For you, what connects your music to your visual art, if anything? And what is the difference for you between producing a piece of visual work, and producing sonic work?
G: After Goxton makes a new song, he closes his eyes to see if it’s working. This method doesn’t work with visual art. Music for me is totally disassociated with the visual. I close my eyes when I go to concerts.
BK: List your five favorite albums, or the five albums you have been listening to the most lately.
G: Hermit of Mink Hollow (Todd Rundgren); We Go Together (George Jones and Tammy Wynette); The Song Black & Yellow (Wiz Khalifa);
Haydn String Quartets; and Arthur (The Kinks).
BK: How has attending SAIC informed your practice?
G: SAIC’s sound professor Bob Snyder has turned me on to sampling. In his wonderful class, “Studio Techniques,” he suggested that samples tell you how they want to be played. I found that some samples have some pretty weird things to say!
BK: Tell me a thing or two about your experiences playing music prior to coming here.
G: During my undergraduate years at my beloved alma mater, University of Georgia, I was in several pop bands. Athens, Georgia has a tremendous music scene for a small southern town. This has a lot to do with our hometown heroes, REM. Almost everyone I was friends with was in at least two bands. My sister’s boyfriend still lives there, and he just joined his seventh. Go Greg!
BK: With the music, what is the ultimate goal for you?
G: For people to hear it and like it.
BK: Do you have a website or place where we can find more info?
BK: Anything else we should know?
G: Goxton’s first self-titled debut is coming out in Spring 2011. Be on the lookout!