Interviews

Interview

DIVINE STYLER: IT’S ALL MENTAL

April 19th, 2015

Divine Styler’s verbiage has developed a cult following over the span of 25 years since he first appeared in the late 80s via Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate. What appeared initially to be a particularly cerebral iteration of the Afrocentric Native Tongue-era styles quickly blossomed into a fiercely iconoclastic voice. Def Mask, his fourth solo LP and his first since 1998, utilizes a voracious flow to craft a dark, affecting cinematic experience centered on a technocratic dystopia—think Aldous Huxley meets Rammelzee. On a cool L.A. winter afternoon, I sat in conversation with Divine Styler inside a private room at the Seventh Letter’s flagship location on Fairfax. This interview from our print issue #118 by sweeney kovar.

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ANGEL OLSEN: IMMEDIATELY HAVE FUN

April 9th, 2015

One year ago Angel Olsen's second album came out, Burn Your Fire For No Witness—all electrified and with a full band, fulfilling expectations built up after her 2012 solo album Half Way Home. From Bonnie Prince Billy back-up singer to indie folk phenomenon, she started meeting fans when she shopped for toilet paper. As wonderful as that is, it sounds like it doesn’t get easier when people actually like what you do. Olsen gets reflective in this interview by Daiana Feuer. She performs at Coachella this weekend and at the El Rey with Swans on Tue., Apr. 14.

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MAGMA: THE STORY OF THE LAST DAY

April 4th, 2015

Christian Vander grew up surrounded by the music of greats like John Coltrane, Clifford Brown and Art Blakey, sitting right up front by the drum kit at jazz clubs when he was as young as four or five years old. As an adult, he created—with godlike vision and acumen—the group called Magma, legendarily known as one of the greatest (even definitive) prog bands. The Magma founder joined us to talk about the art of astral projection, the future of artificial intelligence, and the day he realized John Coltrane was going to die. They perform Mon., Apr. 6, at the Echoplex. L.A. RECORD is proud to present what may well be Magma's only interview for this tour, conducted by Kristina Benson with Sabrine Mhiri.

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RUDY DE ANDA: LOCK ME IN THE FREEZER AND FIGHT ME

April 2nd, 2015

Rudy De Anda has been a key player in the Long Beach music scene—he's a founding member of Wild Pack of Canaries and his most recent venture is a four-piece band bearing his name that began as a fun side project but which took off when the famed local icon Ikey Owens (of the Mars Volta, Jack White’s band, and his own Free Moral Agents) took interest, and offered to record and mix their debut EP Ostranenie, which will be released in May on Porch Party Records. De Anda speaks now about location, inspiration and fighting in a dumpster cage over the proper way to display cilantro. He performs tonight, Thur., Apr. 2, at La Cita. This interview by Desi Ambrozak.

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IBEYI: SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND EARTH

March 30th, 2015

Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz’ music as Ibeyi stems from the influence of their late father Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz and the Yoruban way of life they’ve had since birth. Their self-titled debut EP on XL Records is deceptively minimal. The songs are personal and powerful—they stick with you long after pressing play. They perform on Wed., Apr. 1, at Hollywood Forever. This interview by sweeney kovar.

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COLLEEN GREEN: TRY TO BE CHILL

March 23rd, 2015

Colleen Green’s newest album is I Want To Grow Up, both in reaction and homage to her beloved Descendents. (Naturally she’s instantly able to explain how this fits in with All’s command to “not commit adulthood.”) She speaks now about group projects, going solo and how to make ‘fuck you!’ something hopeful. She performs at the Echo on Fri., Mar. 27, and at Burgerama over the weekend. This interview by Chris Ziegler.

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