Saxsyndrum

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Inspired by Bhanu Kapil Rider's The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, we ask experimental electronic jazz duo Saxsyndrum twelve questions. 

 

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1. WHO ARE YOU AND WHOM DO YOU LOVE?

Saxsyndrum is Dave Switchenko and Nick Schofield. We do what we love and love what we do. A big part of that is making music, and making people dance.


2. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MOST RECENT DREAM THAT YOU BEST REMEMBER?

Nick: The other day I woke up with amber sunlight pouring in my window and it sounded exactly like a droning brass section. Very dreamy.

Dave: I tend to have pretty detailed and action packed dreams… In my last, I was lost in a medieval city. I was trying to make my way to the keep, but there were so many old stone walls that it was like a maze. And I found myself unable to retrace my steps, as any time I turned back, a (strangely out of place) modern style orange and yellow / Caterpillar construction crew was building ANOTHER stone wall in my path. These construction crews were everywhere building more and more walls. I was finally able to make some progress by following a seemingly helpful fellow down a small, dark, passageway. But after
leading me some distance, he turned into a werewolf and jumped at me! Fortunately, the attack made me fall backwards, full force, causing me to bust through a doorway right into a room in the keep filled with my friends, who subsequently chased away the werewolf…

I’m not necessarily someone who tries to read meaning in dreams, but this pretty clearly matches the common advice that you must take risks to reach a reward.

 


3. WHAT OCCUPIES YOUR THOUGHTS MOST LATELY?

N: Lately, I’m thinking about tense, especially the present tense.

 


4. WHEN WERE YOU FIRST MOST AWARE OF YOUR PRESENT PASSIONS AS A CHILD?

D: I’ve played music starting at about 9 years old, but it wasn’t until I played my first groovy sax solo that I became truly committed. The freedom that I had to make my own melodies, on the fly, gave me the most elated, ecstatic feeling I’ve ever had. Since then a fire has burned in me to try to recreate this feeling with music. I’ve come close, but I’ve never reached the quite the same climax of that first time.

N: When I learned to twirl a drumstick.

 


5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FEELING?

D: The urge to dance.

N: Biking downhill.

 

6. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE FEELING?

D: Regret; gut-wrenching regret.

N: Getting out of bed in the morning.

D: Nick’s answer is my second least favorite feeling.

 

7. HOW DO YOU FUNCTION AND/OR FLOURISH IN SOLITUDE VS. AMONG PREFERRED COMPANY?

N: I tend to go between the two, I love my respite and crave good company.

D: I would say both as well. Growing up in a region with full-on summer and winter has forced me to adapt my way of being based on the season. For me, the summer is all about community, friends, interactions and experiences. The winter is all about creative and productive solitude.

 

8. ARE YOU GOOD AT BEING UNCOMFORTABLE?

D: Not at all, who is!? Isn’t this a contradictory statement?

 

 

9. WHAT DO YOU IMAGINE MOST PEOPLE GET WRONG ABOUT YOU AT FIRST ACQUAINTANCE?

D: How to pronounce or spell our band name.

 

10. HOW/WHO IS YOUR IDEAL AUDIENCE?

N: Anybody who is down to wave their arms in the air like they just don’t care.

 

11. WHERE IS HOME?

Currently, Montreal. Dave lives in Mile End and Nick is in Pointe Saint-Charles.

 

12. WHAT QUESTION WOULD YOU ASK TO WHOMEVER IS READING THIS?

D: Do you wanna come dance with us?
 

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SXD_EP is out now via Art Not Love.

Natasha Young

Los Angeles, California, 90065

Natasha Young is a writer, cultural critic, and reporter. She also authors literary fiction. Born in Portland, Maine, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and études françaises at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She lives in Los Angeles, California.