Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane

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WW: How did you get involved with art on a more disciplined basis?

TE: Art school. That's what you learn there. That and just hanging out with talented artists.

WW: In high school did you do any art?

TE: Definitely. But I don't feel like I even knew what art was then. It was just like, "Oh, I love drawing and painting because it's fun." I didn't know anything about the art world or any of that. In high school I started painting a lot. I made abstract oil paintings, which is kind of funny because I don't do that at all anymore. I would draw comic book characters. Lately I've been drawing these kind of punk mystics -- like freedom fighters for the new age.

WW: You started Pictureplane before you moved to Denver?

TE: The name "Pictureplane" came out when I was living in Denver. When I first moved here I called myself "Area 66." That was my rap name, though. I was an MC. That was my hip-hop alter ego. Outer space, pyramid alien raps kind of shit. I wanted something not a rap name because I was starting to experiment with music that was not hip-hop. I was going this other way and thought, "This isn't Area 66 anymore." I was just looking through an art book somewhere and in the index it had "picture plane" in there. At the time I was really into airplanes. I'd put them into all my paintings. It just made sense. That was a really long time ago. Now if I were to choose a name it wouldn't be "Pictureplane," probably. Not that I don't like the name, it's just doesn't reflect my interests as much.

WW: When you first started making music, what music inspired you to create music yourself?

TE: I was obsessed with hip-hop in high school. Like indie rap, all of the Anticon record label. This was back when that style and genre of music was really weird, experimental and relevant. It doesn't exist anymore, kind of. Well it does, but it's kind of tired. In the year 2000 it stopped evolving and was this thing, like, white boy hip-hop. I got this recording program on my computer, and I recorded me rapping one day, and I started making beats. My mom is a musician and she had a keyboard, and so I started making beats and rapping with my friends all the time. It was a fun outlet. My whole life, the one thing I've been obsessed with for as long as I can remember is music. I remember early on I had a "Bohemian Rhapsody" cassette single. Kriss Kross, MC Hammer. That was back in the early '90s. I hear those songs nowadays, and I'm drawn back to being a kid because they're my first musical memories.

WW: Speaking of Anticon, Sole lives here now.

TE: Yeah, he's my buddy; we hang out all the time. I feel bad for Anticon because they were and are still so brilliant, and yet they never blew up into the stratosphere. Sole is still so fucking underground. Even though he's a legend and people love that guy, no one knows who he is. It's crazy.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.