Cake always wins

I was recently talking to a friend of mine about the insane amounts of Cupcake stores that have taken over New York City in the recent years. They are fucking everywhere. Now, I’m no enemy to the cupcake. They are pretty delicious in general. Sure, the world famous Magnolia bakery (the one the dried up husks from “Sex in the city” frequented) is completely overrated, but the majority of these places are , at worst, passably awesome.

So, my friend was telling me that all this will soon be changing as pie is gonna be the new thing. She’s certainly a person who follows these sorts of trends , so I don’t doubt her insider info. What I do doubt, however, is that pie could ever knock cupcakes off it’s mighty throne.

I could write a whole book about why any thing cake related is so much better than pie but Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has got it covered:

There is one thing he overlooked though (probably cause he wasn’t relating his entire act to cupcake shops Vs. pie shops). Chances are, if you’re going into a cupcake shop, the vibe will be similar to a lingerie store. Lots of girls and few random boyfriends standing around looking lost. BAsically, the entire cupcake movement has been supported by women.

“But why women?” you may ask. “Everyone loves cupcakes!”

This is true…but think about it. Part of the reason Cupcakes are so fucking popular right now if cause of how they look. By all accounts, cupcakes are an adorable food. Newsflash: Women love adorable shit.The reason a place like Magnolia Bakery is popular is not the actual food. No, it’s cause it’s cute. The decor, the little aprons all the workers wear and, of course, the extremely delicious LOOKING cupcakes.

Perfectly iced in all different colors. Often colors that you don’t typically see on iced desserts like magenta or mint green. Regardless of how completely average these cupcakes may taste, like Prince would say, They’ve got the look. The look that people line up around the block for. The look, so convincing, that people actually pretend to enjoy those colorful shit clumps as if they actually taste halfway decent and not like mediocre wedding cake with unsalted butter on top.

Women have played a huge part in making this cupcake explosion possible. Personally, I’d like to thank them as I’m not ashamed to admit I’ll eat the fuck out of a cupcake. But, like i said, I feel this whole cupcake obsession it largely due to how the cupcakes look. Two things most women are suckers for are small , neat things and an attention to detail. If a perfectly groomed toy dog that was able to arrange bonsai trees and could procreate existed, there would be no need for men. Luckily for us, that doesn’t exist and cupcakes have those two qualities in spades. Pie’s , on the other hand, come in sloppy ass slices. Sure, you can arranged some whipped cream on top and make it look all decadent , but it will never be as neat and perfect as your average cupcake. Also, Women love chocolate. Pie’s tend to be fruit based so that’s a wrap right there.
I was explaining my whole “this pie thing will never happen” angle to my girl and she bought up a good point. What if they make little tiny pies? Would that then even the playing field? Of course not. First off, Like Tompkins mentions above, Icing>>>>>>>>> pie fillings. Secondly, who the fuck makes tiny pies besides those off shoot bakery brands you see in shitty deli’s around the city. There’s a reason no one buy those things. If tiny pies were the answer, I think someone would have mastered that already. At the very least, Hostess, the gods of all mediocre and tasty baked goods, would have taken a stab at it. They couldn’t even keep those pudding pies on the shelves. No dice pie, you lose again.

So, I’m writing this as an advanced gloat to anyone who things pie shops will ever take over cupcake shops. It will not happen. I don’t doubt some pie shops will pop up. I also don’t doubt that they’ll close within months of being open. Pie just isn’t built for this. Sorry Pie, you will never be the “it” dessert. and you will certainly never ever be a cupcake. You fruit filled bitch.

Things that are wrong with the world part 18

How fucked up are cults? Even more fucked up is when they branch out into the arts. There’s something so frightening to me about watching a family of inbred hill people perform music. Whenever I see something like this, I always imagine them practicing. It’s not like they all just magically know this routine. They have to work on it, right? This means, they all had to gather in a barn like area and go through this song 100 times until it was ready for public consumption. In order for a song to be ready for public consumption, they all must have been very familiar with the songs lyrics and theme. This leads me to believe they were totally aware of the song being sung by a little girl (This is debatable) about peeing her bed, who happens to sound like Bobcat goldthwait saying “I ain’t gonna beat my kids tonight”. They must know it, right? Well, they might not be aware of who Bobcat Goldthwait is, so perhaps an actual bobcat would be a better comparison. I realize that it’s easier to gain perspective on things for looking in from the outside , especially things like cults. Lord knows cults have never been known for their self examination. But I do find it fascinating that this whole thing even came to exist in the first place. Or maybe this just a standard I’ve never heard. It’s like the “I love you Porgy” or “Summertime” of the Kelley Family compound. Whatever the case is , Lil’ she devil Elvis is on some next shit.

I think what I’m most curious about this video is how all these people are related. Obviously, you got the robed beardy guy at the top of the family tree. After that, it’s anyone’s guess. There are like 4 teenaged girls, a 12 ish year old boy , the singing she/male kid and about 3 men who’s age probably range from 18-30. Remember , this is the Kelley FAMILY. So, I’m assuming, they are all actually related (Though , in cults, the term “family” can be used pretty loosely). My guess is that the beardy robed guy the leader and is fucking all the girls over 13. whether or not they’re his sister/wives/daughters/nieces remains to be seen. Everyone else not in that category is his daughter/son.
Whatever the case, there were some fucked up things going on in the Kelley household. I’d do some research on this but I’m both lazy and don’t really care. So, instead, I’ll just assume (this wouldn’t be sweeping generalizations without completely unfounded assumptions) all the people in this video died shortly after it’s filming from a mass suicide/orgy that took place somewhere in a cave. I mean, how else could something like this possibly end?

Answers for questions Vol. 18

As always, keep these questions coming. EIther ask them in the comments below or email me them to:

If blogging/tweeting/shitting were a competition, individually or as some triathalon type shit, where do you think you’d rank?

I’ve gotten a lot of “shit” for the amount of bathroom related tweets I’ve done. I really don’t know what to say about it. No matter how old I get, bathroom tweets ate still funny to me. Go with what you know , right? I mean, if you think about it, tweets are usually born out of experience. If I tweet about something I saw on the street, it’s cause I just saw something on the street. Same can be said for taking a dump. You’d be amazed how many I don’t write simply cause I don’t want to overwhelm my followers with tweets about my shitting habits. Last night I was really close to tweeting “I just courtesy flushed for myself” but I opted against it.
But , to answer your question, I am certainly one of the leaders in toilet tweets , especially amongst musicians.

how does it feel as a musician and artist to be apart of the 900 bats community? Some of those new artists have to feel good getting the chance to tag along with the likes of you and jeremy fish.

It’s pretty cool. I mean, it’s not like we’re all behind the same computer working on stuff for the site , so I can’t say it feels like a close knit community but I respect all the artists on there and have been lucky enough to chill with most of them.

I’m really interested in a post by you about ‘reasoning with dumb violent people’.

I don’t know if there’s a whole post worth in here but I can give some pointers of how I go about it.
1) Make them think they’re not in the wrong
Because they’re dumb and reasoning is not an option, the idea is to appeal to their frightened side and make them think they have a point. Like, “Yes, I understand he stepped on your shoe. That certainly is a murder worthy offense. But you don’t wanna go to jail, right?”

2)Assure them that “everything is ok” and “it’s over”
I suppose this is kinda just some jedi mind trick but by telling them these things they might believe you. I most cases, they are a drunk person looking for a reason to fight someone. This also means their attention could be flipped on you at any second. Just play the calming role and hopefully it will soothe their savage brain.

3)Remove them from the area where the problem is occurring
Much like angry dogs, dumb violent people won’t rest until the thing they’ve set their sights on has been either removed from their line of vision or killed. So, either get that person out of there or get the dumb violent person out of there. Once the coast is clear, they will very likely calm down a bit. buying them a shot (or whatever) seems to go over well as that is like the dumb violent persons mating call as well.

4)If this violence is aimed at you, appeal to their ego
Nothing wrong with being a pussy if some lunatic wants to kick your ass for no reason. Take the L, emotionally. If he wants you to say you’re a pussy in front of his friends, say it. He’s a dickhead, and so are his friends. Losing their respect is far more worth it than getting your ass stomped by a bunch of drunk mongoloids.

Yo Block, you ever read the youtube comments to your own music? For most artists that shit must be the worst but yours are like the least offensive ones on the planet, it’s uncanny.

I actually have. I have been pretty lucky. Aside from the occasional “This izn’t MUzic!” posts, it’s mostly positive. I think this is due to a few reasons
1)I’m a little under the radar for people to hate on me for no reason
2)The kind of music I make isn’t “offensive” to most people. If you rap, it opens up all sorts of doors for people to hate you. Because a lot of my shit has no lyrics, it’s kinda safe from all this awful arguments that eventually end up with some guy calling all black people monkeys while another guy is hating over whether or not the song is “hip Hop” or “rap”. But, know this: If you are a white rappers on youtube, regardless of what you sound like, Eminem will be bought into the equation eventually.
3)I’ve noticed a lot of my fans work under that “Look at this super secret music I discovered!” mind set. So many of the posts are people shitting on mainstream music and holding me up in high regard like I’m bucking the system or something. Those are always pretty lame to me to but I suppose it’s better then being hated.

so what’s up now that myspace is dead? is there any alternative going on like bandcamp or soundcloud really killing it?
what’s the next level between music and internet? what do you think is gonna happen… also, it seems like everybody is
buying records (specially vinyl) but i didn’t see any of my friends buying a new album in 5 years, so probably we are just dreaming…

I’m pretty bummed about myspace’s passing cause it was awesome while it lasted. I haven’t signed up for either soundcloud or bandcamp but they seem to be pretty cool and a decent outlet to fill the void. But, the best thing about myspace was that it was a music site right in the middle of a social network. So, people were on their regardless. The traffic you could get was awesome. But, of course, spammers and mixtape rappers had to come along and ruin it for everyone. If they had only figured out a way to maintain all that shit, I bet it would still be popping off. Nowadays, Myspace is a graveyard of spambots spamming other spambots.
As for music and the internet, I think people will continue to illegally download music until there’s no more money to be made making music. Good job! I don’t blame people though. It’s hard to not easily download a free album when it’s right there in front of you.

Do you try and keep the stuff you have sampled to yourself and not reveal where the sample is from?

Most of the time, I don’t remember what I’ve sampled. It’s written down somewhere but I don’t know it off hand. I wouldn’t say I am a nazi about keeping my sources private but I do prefer to keep them out of public discourse cause the less chance I’ll get sued, the better.

What the heck is up with the Knicks?  Seems like they’re getting progressively worse since acquiring Melo.

I said it from the jump of this trade. Without any defense , they aren’t winning shit. That, coupled with the fact that no Dantoni team will ever win a championship pretty much says it all. They need a defensive center to come in and shut down the lane for them. They also need a PG who isn’t old as shit. I like BIllups but watching him get destroyed by the third tier PG’s in the league is just depressing.

And now some more quick fire types questions:

I’m thinking of hitting up Vegas soon, Have you ever been?  Any cool spots you’d recommend?

I haven’t been there in about 10 years. All I did was gamble and lose money.
I’m not into clubs or strip clubs either so Vegas is pretty much a wash for me. Good luck!

Do you watch the Show “Community?” If so, who’d you want to bang more, Brita or Annie?

I’ve seen it a few times. It’s one of those shows I wish I watched more but I keep missing. As for the girls, Annie but a landslide. titties>>>>>>

What are your thoughts on HD Projectors?

My thoughts are that’s some shit I don’t own and don’t need. I understand that HD is the shit. It’s cool watching sports on it but I don’t REALLY give a fuck about it. None of my tv’s are HD and it’s fine with me. The shows are still the same. For the type of shit I watch, HD isn’t very necessary.

If you woke up to a fire raging in your apt. and had to evacuate, what would you grab first?

My laptop. That’s it. Pretty much my entire livelihood is on there so , if I lose that, I’m fucked. Oh, and some clothes.

On a scale of 1-10 how appropriate is it for a dude to eat a banana in public?

Depends how he eats it. A real G, break the pieces off into bites and then puts it in his mouth. At the same time, if watching another man eat a banana actually bothers you, I’d say it speaks of greater issues. It’s just food, bro.

Song of the day 3/25/11

Love Dog By Tv on The Radio
It’s rare that I do bump newer music, Especially, non-rap shit. But there are exceptions. Tv on The Radio is pretty fucking great and this song has been getting tons of run for me lately. As usual, I’m certainly behind and I realize this song is old by now but, fuck it, I like it.
And, you know what? If you’re one of those assholes who turns against every thing that gets mildly popular , regardless of if it’s good or not, you tend to miss out on some really great shit. Fickle hipsters should never dictate anyone’s taste.
Is there even a Tv on The Radio backlash? Who knows. If there isn’t, I’m pre-emptively saying “shut the fuck up” to whoever starts it.

Oh dip, a free beat by me!

I made this beat a while back and wanted to somehow work it into my new album…but , alas, shit happens and the floppy disks told me to fuck myself. So, instead, you get to go over to Aesop’s website and download the original version I recorded directly off my sampler. Enjoy!

The rules of Swag

Listen, I’m in no position to tell anyone anything about what’s cool nowadays. Especially younger people. I couldn’t be more far removed with most of what’s going on if I lived in a cottage deep in the Ozark mountains with my nine cats. But the “swag” thing…I get it. I have nothing against the word. It’s fine. Much like getting black out drunk or fucking 17 year olds, it’s a young mans game.
So, as a 34 year old, I just wanna throw in my two cents on who should never use the term “Swag”.

Nascar racers and fans

People wearing suits

My mom and anyone she’s ever met (FYI, this is not actually my mom or her friends, but close enough)

Old school hip hop heads trying to stay in the loop

Obese girls (Unless they’re describing food)

Gilbert gottfried (not that he would, but I can hear him saying it in my head, and I don’t like it)

Sportscasters (these motherfuckers have been the worst of all with that word)

Kurt Loder (not even in the ironic , dickheaded way he says everything else)

Commercials for beverages

People sitting at a nice restaurant , enjoying aged whiskey or expensive wine

Most Rappers over the age of 30 (I include myself in this category)

Tennis coaches

Cornell West

Anyone on Yo Gabba Gabba (unless , somehow Lil B or Odd Future get on there, then I suppose it’s ok)

The same elderly people in crappy movies who would have said “shizzle” for a cheap laugh about 2 years ago.

Hosts of TV shows like “Extra” and “TMZ”

I think you get the idea.
So, yeah, just follow these guidelines and we should be good. For all the old people, I suggest continue using words like “Dope”, “fresh” and “ill” to describe things. Those are our words anyway. These young’n’s can never take them away.

How (my) music is made. Fuck the bullshit.

A while back, I was running out of things to write about for this blog and asked the readers to give me some ideas. I got a ton of great suggestions, as well as some down right terrible ones. That’s to be expected though, and I appreciate people for trying. Something that popped up a lot were questions about my music and how it’s made. I suppose this is a very curious topic for people outside the creative process and for people who are not me. I mean, shit, interviewers have been asking me a similar question as far back as I can remember. The oh so important query of “How does your music get made?”.
When I’ve answered questions in this vein , during interviews, I tend to give a brief answer and move on as the creative process , to me, is extremely boring. Every artist works differently and subscribes to their own practices. Mine just happen to be mind numbing.
I think when someone outside of making music imagines this process, it’s extremely romanticized. They perhaps see images of a thoughtful artist , tucked away in their studio, surrounded by equipment, candles and burning incense. The artist feverishly working away , completely zoning out and creating music that eventually becomes something that means a lot to many people. Well…i can only speak for myself but this could not be less like how I go about making music. Don’t get me wrong, I do think their are people like this. In fact, I’ve met many people who completely lose themselves in what they do. I’d say about 35% of them are genuine in that and the other 65% are emulating what they think an artist is “supposed to do”. Particularly people working in electronic music of any sort.

Personally…my way or working is something that might really let you, the listener, down. I’ve considered writing about this before but I always felt like I should keep a little mystery behind the curtain and not expose myself completely. But fuck it. The way I see it , the artistic process needs to be exposed a bit , if not to simply shake some of the preconceived assumptions that seem to follow it. Too many artists treat it like it’s the agonizing thing that only they could ever really understand and I’m here to say that simply not always the case. In fact, it’s rarely the case. Making music is something that comes natural to many people. Like most things that come natural, it’s not so much “hard” as it is time consuming. This isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of natural musicians out there who don’t struggle. Of course, any artist worth anything is going to hit walls and deal with tons of peaks and valleys.But the misconception by music fans that musicians are either fragile beings or unsung geniuses has always bugged me. Some people just make music without all the pretense.

So, allow me to dismiss the myths behind how MY music is made. Remember , I’m just one person and I’d venture to say my way is not the norm. I’d also like to clarify that I’m not really even a musician.I play no instruments, i can’t read music and , at best, have adequate rhythm. So, just keep in mind, everything I’m writing here is from the perspective of an “Electronic” music maker. I have no clue how rock bands do what they do. I have no clue how polka bands do what they do. This is just about what I know. So keep that in mind.

When i make music, I sit in a chair , in front of a computer. I got this program called “Music maker 2000” that not many people are up on. All you do is, write an adjective in a little box. For instance, I might type “Gloomy”. It takes a few minutes but , within moments, a fully formed song pops out , perfectly fitting the adjective. Over the years, I’ve gotten much better at it and have learned to enter multiple words in to really great results. A song like \"It\'s raining clouds\" was the result of me typing “Stormy whirlwind sad uplifting elf-like”. I’m telling you. This program is amazing.
Okay, obviously I’m making that up but how would you feel if that was real? It ain’t that far off.
Let me be really honest.
Here is my actual work process in making a beat.
First off, what i’m working with:

ASR 10 sampler that i purchased over 15 years ago
Ableton live on my mac book
A Moog slim phatty
A gemini record player
A dusty ass component system and the speakers that came with it (but i also use headphones)

That’s it. Nothing more. Not cause I don’t want more but more cause I’m frugal and working within this tiny spectrum has served me well in the past.Also, NYC apartments aren’t exactly spacious. I literally don’t have enough room to add much more. I will say though, I’m certainly open to adding stuff to this meager roster in the future, we’ll see what happens.
Anyway, here’s the process, step by step.

1)Sit down in front of my sampler
2)Hook up my computer and record player to the sampler
3)go through records/mp3’s of music I would like to sample looking for ideas.
4)When I find something that peaks my interest, I sample it. I now have a starting point. I may chop it up, throw effects on it or just leave be. That usually is based on if I feel it needs to be flipped up, or if I want it to sound a certain way.
5)Depending on that sample, I either add drums or look for more sounds to go with that sample. Let’s assume I’m doing drums.
6)I’m either working with chopped drums or a drum break or , often, both.
7)If it’s a break, I throw it in ableton and get it all lined up. Meaning, I clean it up and make sure all the kicks and snares fall where I want them to be.
8)If it’s chopped sounds, I go through my pre-made library of sounds looking for the right combination of kick and snare, as well as the proper hi-hat. This can take anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour depending on how particular the sound I’m working with is.
9)Once I lock down the drum sounds, I play them out on my sampler (depending on if I use a break or not)
10)Once the drums are right, I look into a bass line. This means either something I play on my keyboard or an actual sampled bass line from some other song. Both can take a while to find as the perfect bass tone is rarely right in front of you.
11)Once the bass is right, I just tear through a bunch of records/mp3’s and look for samples to layer over the existing track. This is hugely hit and miss.
12)The layer process can be both tedious as fuck and rewarding. Every day is different. The existence of ableton has made this much easier than when I started. Prior to using ableton, all the sample matching was organic. Meaning, no pitch shifting and no easy way out. It was simply a long ass process of finding something that works. Trial and error like “Woah”. Nowadays, with ableton and it’s time stretching and pitch changing abilities, it’s pretty fucking easy. Too easy if you ask me but whatever.
13)Once I find a decent amount of layers (usually between 3 and 5), I save it to abelton. Until about 3 years ago, I used to save the beats to floppy disks. Yup! Floppy disks. But, thankfully, I’ve moved on from the 1990’s.

This whole thing takes anywhere between 1.5 hours and 4 hours. I don’t think I’ve ever sat in my “Studio” longer than 4 hours at one time. I just don’t have that kind of
focus and the seat I use isn’t very comfortable.

And that is how musical magic happens.

I realize, my work process isn’t far off from how an accountant or pharmacist works. It’s very mathematical. It’s very laborious. It’s rare, when I’m working on music, that I feel like I’m working outside myself. Most of the time, I’m just plugging away, looking for the right formula. I guess what makes it artistic is that my ears are what’s guiding this formula but still, it doesn’t feel very artistic. It is what it is.

Growing up, my dad was a painter and sculptor. Every day, he would wake up , eat his breakfast and read the paper. Then he’d go into his studio for the rest of the day until it was dinner time. I have no clue what he did down there. For all I know, he could have slapped around a piece of clay for an hour and spent the rest of the day doing crossword puzzles. But the thing I came away with from being around him was that every one has their own process that works for them. I know plenty of artists who lose themselves in their work, hate everything they create and are constantly beating themselves down over it. They lose sleep over their work and feel genuine pain over it. In many cases, the final product is great. In a way, i envy people like this cause that’s a level of passion I don’t think i’ll ever grasp. I love making music but I also am able to remove myself from it when I’m not working on it.

On a side note, I do find humor in meeting people like this who also happen to make terrible music. That’s gotta burn the soul, huh? I mean, obviously, whether or not music is good is completely objective. But I do get a kick out of listening to some Minimal techno making dip shit regale me with woeful tales of finding the right 808 sound.

As I’m writing this, I’m taking a break from working. What am I doing , you might ask? Well, I’ve begun working on my new album. This may sound exciting but what I’ve been doing the last week or so is loading up floppy disks, recording each separate instrument , one by one, onto my ableton and organizing them all into folders using BPM’s, track names, and type of instrument. I’m basically doing the musical equivalent to filling out spread sheets. Sounds fun , right? (Just to be clear, I’m not complaining about being a career musician. That would be insane. Obviously, this is an awesome “Job”. I’m simply trying to strip away some of the ideas people have about how some of us work).
So, in the future, just remember this. The next time you’re idolizing some mystical music being, don’t forget that , in the midst of all his genius, he’s very likely a fucking math nerd with huge insecurity issues. Kinda evens the playing field, huh?
But if one thing is the musicians saving grace, at least we’re not actors.

Answers for questions vol. 17

As usual,keep the questions coming. Leave them here in the comments or email them to me at I support weird questions.
Now, back to business:

Hey Blockhead, I am going to be in NYC for the first time ever in a week. It seems you are an expert on the city are some must see places. Or just most entertaining parts of town. By which I mean, where can I see a good bum fight? Perhaps the best way to pick up a famous classy New York hooker? Basically things only someone born and raised there would know about.

Well, the things you seem to want to see and the word “fun” seem pretty separate to me but let’s see what we can figure out. I find , the best bum fights happen on the top floor of the empire state building. Holy shit. It’s like you go up there and it’s just a free for all. Bags of plastic bottles flying all over the place with tipped shopping carts lining the walls. The best part about it is , if you get bored of watching that hobo bash another hobo’s head in, look out the windows and enjoy that view. If you bring binoculars , you might even be able to catch some other bum fights on the ground. Yes, the view isTHAT good. The empire state building is some down low shit that I don’t like to put out of towners up on but you seem like a cool guy so be sure to peep it. As for classy hookers, I bet you’re guessing I’m gonna tell you to hit Times Square. Well, I’m not. Not, long gone are the days of prostitutes and porn theaters in the heart of Manhattan. Now, the super duper secret spot is the meat packing district. It’s the far west corner of north Greenwich Village. Only the classiest and most beautiful women of the night work there. Strangely, the prefer anal and never fully take their pants off, but I think that’s part of their mystique. Enjoy!

Hey Mr. Blockhead,
Your don’t have to respond to this, or even regard it as something you should read. I am a 20 year old in college, not sure what I am doing here. I am a little drunk, a little high, and a lot of confused. I have a paper due in 10 hours, haven’t started, but I am trying. I don’t remember why I am writing you, but most likely it is an attempt to prolong my procrastination. Apparently I am proving to myself that I can put words onto something, wait what? This isn’t intentionally spam but it might be, sorry. I’ll throw a question in for shits and giggles, what do you think of the peanut butter and jelly jars combined into one? I think it is by Smuckers or some shit. Sorry.

Damn son. Procrastination is a motherfucker, huh? Anyway, those combined peanut butter and jelly jars are fucking disgusting. It’s one of those “great on paper” ideas that should have just ended once someone in the boardroom asked “But aren’t peanut butter an jelly two completely different things that need to be packed separately?”.

What are your views on where the music industry is going? Will artists like you be able to survive ten years down the road or will the internet kill off most “Indie artists”?

I really don’t know. I can’t say the outlook is great but it’s also a case of people having to change their business plans. Since buying music is something most people don’t do, you gotta attack it from different angles. This means more shows I suppose. I think , eventually, most music will be free regardless of who’s making it. For the consumer, this is awesome, but for us artists it’s a pretty big setback if we’re trying to make a living. I’d say the best case scenario , for the quality of music, is that making music no longer becomes a viable source of income an it forces all the people who do it for that purpose to no longer do it. Thus, leading to music only being made by people who genuinely love making music. While I might be working at a Trader joe’s in 3 years, at least the over all quality of the music will be better.

Who would win in a bare knuckle brawl, Bill O’reilly or Oprah?

I mean, O’reilly is a huge dude. He’d mop the floor with Oprah. Unless the were using pillow cases filled with gold bricks or something. Cause Oprah’s pillow case would be impressive and maybe she could hire someone to swing it for her.

Do you have a favorite quote or lyric from a song that has stuck with you through the years?

I don’t know if they’re my favorite…in fact, I know they aren’t, but there are tons of lyrics that always go through my head for no reason. Some have been doing it for years. Strangely, none come to mind right now but rest assured they’re extremely unimpressive and probably make very little sense out of context. I liken this to how most of my dreams are pretty much me doing mundane activities. Go figure.

How many songs did you consider for “the music scene”, or how many songs didn’t make the cut?

I don’t tend to have scrap piles of songs. The entire album “The music scene” was as you heard it. It’s really 12 complete songs that were comprised of about 25-30 separate beats. I just found a way to mash a bunch of them up with some fluidity. Out of those beats, I definitely dumped certain elements so that the songs could work, but what you heard on the album was all that I made, song-wise.

Good morning Sir,

Do you have facebook? I want to quote you and tag you in it…

I do have a personal Facebook page but it’s not open for the public. If I don’t know you, I’m not accepting your friendship. I like to keep some semblance of privacy in my life. I do , however, have music page that I’m pretty active on. It’s The Real Blockhead. Please “like” it. Speaking of which, there is another “Blockhead” music page that has about 8,000 more likes on it but it’s not me. I tried to contact whoever it is that made it with hopes of being given admin powers , before I was forced to make “the real Blockhead” page , but facebook makes that pretty much impossible. I have a feeling some fan made it like 5 years ago and forgot about it. Don’t “Like” that one. All it is is a wall of spam and no updates.

Is there any celebrity with whom you would smoke weed or do any other drug with just to get the full experience of hanging out with them?

Hmm…I mean, it would be hard for me to turn down a blunt from Snoop Dogg but the problem with that is, I’d get really fucking high and probably freak out. Not externally, but I’d have a mild panic attack or something and keep saying rookie shit like “Man, I’m really high. Are you guys too high?”. I’d say that is far more embarrassing than saying no to a joint.

so there’s the same piano bit on pretty lights’ high school art class as in your insomniac olympics.. turned on the former and i was prettty surprised! but i think its a beautiful clip, and it made me wonder where it’s from? i would love to hear more if it’s a sample, but if not then who made it? and did he borrow it from you, then?

Ah yes, I was put on to this last year. We both used the same sample. It happens. Mine was definitely made first but it’s hard to say if he sampled it from me or from the actual record I sampled it from. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. He freaked it way differently than I did so it’s no big deal to me. Except when I opened for them and opted out of not playing “Insomniac Olympics” cause I didn’t want his crowd to think I was jacking his shit.
As for the sample, I actually don’t remember when it’s from. It’s a fairly common dollar bin record though so it would be no surprise if Pretty Lights stumbled upon it just like I did.