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Countdown to Whartscape: Ground Zero feat. Dan Deacon, Cex

This is it. It’s here. Whartscape 2008 kicks off tonight at the Charles Theater with a spectacular, Matmos- headlined line-up and we hope everyone makes it out.

For the last day of our Countdown min-terviews, we’ve got some heavy-hitters including Mr Green-skull himself, one of Wham City’s patriarchs, Dan Deacon, homegrown electronic music royalty Cex.

Read on!

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MP3: Dan Deacon – Wham City

Dan Deacon

1. Describe your feelings on Wham City and what it means to you?

it’s like an abusive marriage, split personality disorder, and mutual masturbation all at once.

2. Describe your feelings on Whartscape and what it means to you?

right now it’s melting my brain. i (and several other wham city members) have been working around the clock for weeks working out everything with the venues, 75+ bands, the city, PA rental places, build stages, making t-shirts, and countless other things. i just hope people have a laid back good time and don’t get pissy.

3. Describe your feelings on Baltimore and what it means to you?

baltimore is a rad place but i wish it wasn’t filled with so much despair, sadness and poverty. as i am writing this you can hear sirens, gun shots, and helicopters going off out my friend rose’s window. i’d like to start getting more involved in local politics in the near future. it seems like as the economy is getting worse you can feel the city growing more and more angry and desperate. the city has been pretending to clean itself up for some time.

at the same time it’s a beautiful city and i love its emptiness and decay. the city is like one big miss havisham’s house. the old architecture, back alleys, the remains of a once bustling downtown commercial sector, frequent parks, falls road, its emptiness, are all so beautiful.

the community and small town feel of the city is the best part. it’s hard not to walk down the city and run into someone i know. also, max is a rad dude.

4. Come up with a snappy tagline/mantra/motto for one or more of the following: Baltimore, Wham City and Whartscape.

“greatest city in baltimore”

5. If all Whartscape performers were required to don some sort of costumage, in the spirit of Baltimore, Whartscape and Wham City, what would yours be and why?

it would be a sharks corpse and i would be dead.

Cex

1. Describe your feelings on Wham City and what it means to you?

I think Wham City is sweet, like the reincarnated souls of the Muppets looking for love and purpose in a post-Jim Henson America.

2. Describe your feelings on Whartscape and what it means to you?

This year Whartscape honestly seems perilously encumbered this year. Personally, I think the perfect show has exactly 2 bands on the bill. I don’t know how anyone could stand so uch live music in such a short period of time without Adderol or some kind of short-term memory inhibitor.

3. Describe your feelings on Baltimore and what it means to you?

It’s a magick town, maybe the most magickal in America now that Nawlins is sunk. I wish it weren’t so segregated, though, and sometimes I think it’s pathetic how few orgies there are here.

4. Come up with a snappy tagline/mantra/motto for one or more of the following: Baltimore, Wham City and Whartscape.

Whartscape: The “Infinite Jest” of Music fests.

5. If all Whartscape performers were required to don some sort of costumage, in the spirit of Baltimore, Whartscape and Wham City, what would yours be and why?

I would wear that SWAT-like uniform-complete with baton and shield-of an Internal Reaction Force officer at Guantanamo Bay, with a piece of duct tape over the name badge on my breast.

BONUS ROUND: What do you think of the Dan Deacon/Gregg Gillis/ Spank Rock trio?

I’d be shocked if any of these 3 put aside their main hustle to really focus on the supergroup…but if they did, I bet it could easily reach the levels of Temple of the Dog. Or that band that had Krist Novoselic and one of the Kirkwood Brothers and Sublime’s drummer. Or Coverdale/Page or The Firm.

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2 Responses to “Countdown to Whartscape: Ground Zero feat. Dan Deacon, Cex”

  1. great interview, perfect questions!

  2. [...] that didn’t matter; I was vehemently satisfied, realizing that the high that Cex and Matmos had given me would allow me to drudgingly get through the upcoming week of monotony that [...]

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