Do you listen to music or anything else while you work, and if so, what?
It’s a lot of progressive trance. It’s just this group of DJs that I follow. One’s named Kidnap. One’s named Luttrell. They’re basically from Anjuna Beats and these guys are really cool. They’re world-famous DJs. I’ll send them my art sometimes and they will actually reply and say, You did this? Cool.
Pretty much all of my paintings started with something I heard in a song. A lot of my artwork is titled with the lyric from the song that gave me the original idea.
Even with designing, I listen to almost everything except for country. Currently I’m really into new age jazz because I found an L.A.-based website called Aquarium Drunkard that curates that stuff. I’m also into modern indie female singers like Angel Olsen. That’s a good base for the type of music I like – softer, somewhere between pop and indie rock.
It’s a wide variety and just depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s the new lo-fi beat stuff that’s just kind of instrumental things in the background. Sometimes I listen to old-school punk and ska.
When I’m painting a mural and I have to paint fast, I’ll listen to pretty heavy stuff, post-hardcore stuff or really fast punk. Then if I’m painting in the house there’s several Spotify playlists that are kind of like jam-out tunes.
This past mural I had Copeland playing for the whole day, which is very chill. And then one day I’m like, I’ve got to play the new Being as an Ocean, which is kind of a spoken word hardcore band.