I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx

Babe Rainbow Wants To Hear Anxiety


by Network Awesome
May 4, 2011

Cameron Reed AKA Babe Rainbow tweeted about us one day and we had his first EP on Warp (and thought it was great) so we got back in touch with him in a jiffy (see, it's just that easy kids!). His curated episode of the Live Music Show is super interesting - just like his music. He found the not-so-discovered place between kick-ass brass bands and Minimalist composers. We caught up to him to get a lil more info, where's what he said:


1. Considering your own musical output I'm not surprised that your playlist is so varied, but I was surprised that you chose to start with the Southern University Marching Band's arrangement of "Stuntin Like My Daddy"! How'd you stumble across that one?


I can't remember exactly. I think after hearing Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's cover of Outkast 'SpottieOttieDopaliscious' I just started searching for other brass covers. The energy in the video is incredible.

2. How awesome is DNA, right? Every time I watch them from this period it feels like they have only high concepts but no idea how to play the first note on their instruments.

Being introduced to No Wave was an incredibly liberating experience for my songwriting. I still periodically listen to DNA and Mars for inspiration. Most of the music I love is more about sound than it is structure.

3. You chose a lot of introspective music. Do you think your own music explores inward or outward?

Absolutely inward. I want to make music that makes people feel something. There are so many emotions that music can conjure but I rarely hear anything that strays from basic emotions. I want to hear anxiety. I want to hear loneliness.

4. What the hell is happening in that DAF video? That's most definitely an interesting "live set up".

Lip-syncing on TV is probably one of the funniest/saddest things to watch an artist do. I love how intense and bizarre this clip is. I imagine if I ever had to "perform" on TV I'd want it to be like this. Absolutely nonsensical.

5. Can you tell us a bit about the Vancouver scene? I hear a lot of awesome new music is coming from over there these days.

Vancouver has an amazing DIY scene. Everyone supports each other. Experimentation is encouraged and expected. I also help run a local independent music festival and it's incredible the number of new, amazing bands that submit each year. It's really heartening to see a scene so far from the music industry centres to just not give a shit and do it for the love. No one is trying to get signed (though it would be nice, I'm sure) no one is backstabbing or talking shit (generally). I feel lucky to have fallen in with a noise and experimental punk crowd in my formative years in Vancouver. The level of community support and DIY ethic was really inspiring.


6. What's coming up for you?


I have my second EP coming out on Warp Records on June 20th. I couldn't be more excited. I'll be playing Mutek Festival in June. Hopefully a bit of touring too.


BABE RAINBOW - www.baberainbow.com

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