Man Mantis on how his mom helped him craft his first mask and how he connected with Sole

Although he left Denver as a mere mortal eight years ago, Mitch Pond has returned as Man Mantis, a human-insect-hybrid alter ego that produces glitchy, futuristic, hip-hop-centric beats. If the end of the Mayan calendar does in fact bring about the end of the world, it will be a bummer because 2012 was a good year for him creatively. He has a handful of beats on Sole's new album, A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, as well as a handful of solo productions on compilations such as Potholes Music's Distant Arcade. In advance of his show at the hi-dive tomorrow night supporting Sole, we caught up with Pond for a quick chat about how his mom helped him craft his first mask, how he connected with Sole and his Hear the Noise project.

See also: - Sole on what the Occupy Denver movement represents and the solidarity it has fostered - Sole on A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing and why he feels better than ever - Sole on the perils of pushing boundaries: "If I go to jail on some bullshit, I'll do a correspondence course and come out a professor."

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Patrick Rodgers