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Aids Wolf: One year later with Chloe Lum

by Jason Forrest
Feb. 13, 2013
Aids Wolf were fucking LOUD. I mean like seriously, confrontationaly (it's a word now, deal with it) LOUD!  But after 9 years of battling it out one show at a time, the band called it quits. We caught up with he band's singer, artist Chloe Lum, to see how she's doing 1 year later.  To read more about the band check their site: http://www.aidswolf.net

Network Awesome:  You guys broke up last year, looking back it almost a year later, how do you feel about the band and your decisions to move on?

I think being as marginal as we where, after 9 years moving on was the only thing that made any sense. I remain proud of and excited by the music we made

NA: Every touring musician has a bunch of totally insane stories - can you tell us about one of the wildest?

Ridiculous shit always happens when you live in a van but since none of us are partiers, the insanity was probably minimal compared to most bands. Heck, we'd get teased by other jammers for being so square : getting up early, using days off to hit the laundromat , going on hikes, having pick-nics, going to whole foods for the hot bar and constantly checking out museums, national parks, thirties, record and book stores. I feel like I have way more records  I bought on tour than wild experiences.

Having Meshuggah hug and praise us at OFF festival in Poland was pretty weird I guess, I would have never expected any metal band to be interested in what we do. Also,  having some major creep-o Donald Ducking us at the beach in San Diego. Oh and having a collision with a super blissful Christian dude who ended up coming to the (house) show in Philly. And having the guy in Wales who gave us directions to the venue happened to be from Montreal and showed up at the gig where we were opening for Whitehouse. He was a totally normal 40-something doctor who brought his date to the gig. That was  odd.

Mostly though it was just a constant search for novel vegan junk food and trying to see bands we dig.

NA: You and Yannick also brilliant artists and designers (http://seripop.com) how did your work influence the band and did it work in reverse?

Yannick and I both have a very set aesthetic that flows in everything we do. The  motivations and interests that inform our visual art are the same that informed our contributions to the band.

NA: Did you get more praise or criticism for being the female lead in a "noise rock band"?

Anything to do with AW def got more criticism than praise.

NA: You wrote a lengthy article when Aids Wolf broke up that covered a wide range of coming-of-age issues for many musicians, one of which was the annoying state of current music press. Do you think it's gotten better or worse? Is there any hope?

I don't know, it seems like no one pays attention to any of the music I care about expect for Marc Masters. The idea of what a "weird" band is seems to be getting less weird by the day. For the most part I just keep tabs of what my crew are up too. Every time I try to check out  any music writing, the tips I get leave me pretty non-pulsed. I think a worse problem is the cost of gas.

NA: One of the comments to the above article was "RIP, AIDS Wolf, real life awaits." So the question is - how "real" is it? What's happening for you these days?

For myself it's actually pretty unreal, I'm back in school finishing the BFA I started over a decade ago. I'm 2000 years old and my life is writing research papers, cramming for exams and trying to balance that with being a working artist. I've found myself commuting back and forth to out of town residencies and getting paid to lecture the same day I attend a lecture.  Yannick is waiting on grad school applications and Alex is keeping the hope alive with his solo jam, Drainolith. I got a new guitar back in May with the plans to start something casual jams-wise but I haven't had time to even touch it between school and me and Yannick's exhibition schedule.

Jason Forrest is CEO and Creative Director of Network Awesome. He's been an electronic musician for over 11 years and has traveled almost everywhere in the world.  He invented and developed the iOS app Star6 and aided in the development of both Buddha Machine apps. In addition to that he runs 2 record labels, Nightshifters and Cock Rock Disco - so he's a busy guy.  His new album "The Everything" was released in April 2010 on Staatsakt. Grab it here and Follow him on Facebook here and contact him via the Network Awesome About page!