Random Truths About… The Diminisher of Bablicon

Bablicon band

1. What’s the first piece of music you listened to today?
Today it was” Jerusalem” (an epic stoner metal piece) by that band Sleep. The sounds they’re able to get on that album are awesome. The first time I heard it, we were waiting in a car in downtown Philly and this DJ played the whole thing from start to finish.

2. What are your vices?
I’m quite fond of scotch and hand-rolled cigarettes. If I had to pick one to stop using I’d lose the cigarettes.

3. What is one of your prejudices?
I tend to prejudge everybody.

4. In what way do you think music has the ability to change the way people live their lives?
Music is definitely an highly effective means of communicating ideas. With music, ideas or concepts can very stealthily sneak into someone’s head and then stay there to ferment and possibly alter someone’s perception of something. Myself and most of the people I know wouldn’t be living the lives we do had it not been for music.

5. At what age did you first feel distrust?
Probably around 4th grade, so that’s what 9 or 10?

6. Do you think that your name is appropriate for you? (If not, what name would be more appropriate?)
I’m pretty happy w/ the name I was born with and the names I’ve been given over the years (The Diminisher for example). Bablicon, I think, was a great name for what the three of us were doing.

7. What is the best piece of music you’ve ever created, in your opinion?
I’ve always really like “Pictor’s Metamorphoses,” the composed chamber piece on the 1st Bablicon album. There’s a certain lightness to it I’ve never really been able to recreate.

8. Right now, how are you trying to change yourself?
I’m trying to get myself into more of a routine with my daily life. It’s hard for me to write music without some kind of regularity and my life’s been a complete disorganized mess for the last two years. So while I’ve been very productive making records and touring and such, I haven’t written as much as I’d like.

9. If you had the time, what else would you do?
I’d probably cook at home more, drink good wine and take bike rides with my girlfriend to the lake and go swimming.

10. What social cause do you feel the most strongly about (negative or positive)?
I’m really appalled by the poverty and lack of education that still exists, even in this country, and how little the people who make policy here choose to do about it. I think it behooves those in power to have a poor and uneducated populace though, they’re easier to manipulate and distract for the real problems at hand.

11. What are your fears?
I’m afraid of being trapped or losing all control of my life.

12. What is your favorite joke (tasteful or tasteless)?
The one about the pirate with the steering wheel on his dick who says “ARRG, it’s drivin’ me nuts!”

13. Who is your favorite author?
Philip K. Dick

14. What is your favorite movie?
Cyclo (about that Vietnamese pedicab driver)

15. Favorite album(s) from the last few years?
Deerhoof: Milkman

16. What would you like to know more about?
What’s up with Austria?

17. What is one thing you would like to do/see/accomplish before you die?
I think I really just want to get to live my life before I die. It would be nice though to take the Trans-Mongolian Railroad.

 

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