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Carl Christ

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When I was in like seventh grade I had a band with my friend and we were half joking and really bad. I also had an iPad. My friend told me I should get the Garageband iPad app because she thought it would be useful to use for some reason, so I did. We never used it for that project.

A little bit later that same friend started like joke freestyle rapping and we all thought it was really really funny, and I made some instrumentals for her using the app. They were really weird and basically impossible to rap over (they are Instr 1 & 2 off of Electronic Music), and when I played them for her she obviously did not want to use them (though she was nicer about it). She also said I should release them as stand alone , which I took to heart.

And that’s basically the beginning of , though my first release was over a year later I think.

What song of yours is the one you like the most?

How do you write your music?

In general, my music is written very spontaneously, especially when I started out. I would usually just open up the Garageband app and play whatever I hear or comes to my fingers, and thin build things up and add textures, and sometimes edit things from before. As I’ve matured and learned more about music in general, I go in with more concepts, forms and specific ideas, but I still try to hold onto something of an improvisatory and very human approach to the music, filtered through an inherently inhuman device.

What is music?

Obviously, what music is is a big question that a lot of people have put a lot of thought into. I don’t really think about it a lot (that type of thing can be restricting I think), but I guess I like a lot of John Cage’s ideas about how everything is music and stuff.

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What influences do you have?

Over the course of Carl Christ’s existence I’ve been really heavily influenced by different people. Early on I was like obsessed with making things that sounded like Death Grips and that shaped my music a lot. And later that happened with Drake. With Cecilia I was very intentionally influenced by music that had to do with Abrahamic religions. Practically, this was using a lot of theoretical things from traditional Muslim, Jewish and Christian music, rather than actually listening to it. I was also influenced by things like Cat Stevens, Steve Reich and . With the Carl Christ music that I’m working on now, I’m mostly influenced by people like the Bad Plus as well as a lot of retrospection on the music that I made a long time ago, which seems very foreign to me now.

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What´s the best experience you have had with your project?

Probably the best experience I’ve had for this project was when I released my first album. It was the first music of any kind I’d released at that point and my friends seemed to like it a lot and I just felt really good about things.

What plans do you have this year?

I have two Carl Christ projects that I’m working on right now. The first is a really weird mixtape that I’ll put on DatPiff. It’s mostly conceptual and once I start actually working on it (which I haven’t yet) it won’t take me long so I hopefully will be able to get it out this year. The other one is a pretty standard Carl Christ album. I haven’t been really inspired to work on it lately but I’ve got a couple of tracks done, so we’ll see. Other than that I don’t have any specific plans for Carl Christ any time soon.

 Mention something you don´t like about your project.

It’s hard to say, but one thing I don’t like about my project historically is that I just released way too much music too quickly I think. Obviously that’s not still the case, it’s been over a year since my last release, so something that I don’t like that I think hasn’t changed is how it always seems to be somewhat aimless in general, it’s just kind of a random quilt of things coming from the iPad app for Garageband

Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.

I have sacrificed almost nothing for Carl Christ. My lifestyle is essentially unaffected by it in almost every way. I’ve sacrificed a lot of space on my iPad and I’ve sacrificed a little bit of time I could’ve spent doing something else.

What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?

Almost all of the local music that I see is jazz, and probably my favorite local musician is Dave King. I love all of his projects that I’ve seen or heard (Vector Families, The Bad Plus, Real Bulls, Dave King Trucking Company, Happy Apple, and many others)

If your project was a word, what would it be?


What´s your full name?

My full, real name is Nicholas Christenson. Right now, answering this interview, I am in my bed at home.

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