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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Sarah: Bjrk, Homogenic, was truly groundbreaking shit. The way she combined electronic and symphonic warmth blew my mind! Ween, The Pod, because it made me laugh my ass off in my darkest days. "Do you like guacamole? I like guacamole."

Ryan: I've been compelled by a multitude of albums, such as the debut album by I AM X, Music for People from VAST, Souvlaki from Slowdive, The Process from Skinny Puppy, and nearly every release from "Godspeed You Black Emperor!" There have been so many amazing releases in the past five years, and these, in particular, helped shape the life which I live today. Music is the soundtrack for every emotion which spills out. Gabriel: The Cure's Disintegration had the biggest impact on my life. I probably wouldn't be where I am in if it weren't for that album. Honestly, there are way too many albums that have influenced me or had a big impact on my life.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Ryan: Tori Amos and her passion for emotion; Godspeed You Black Emperor, with their landscapes of sound and emotion; the Sneaker Pimps in their post-Kelli Ali days, and the phenomenal live performers out there, such as Muse and Sigur Ros. Sarah: Ween and Bjrk. Every album takes you on a ride. You can listen to any one of them and feel like you've put your CD changer on shuffle and it's still cohesive. Gabriel: Again, too many to name.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Sarah: I own a landscape maintenance and design company, Native Earth. No more nine-to-five grind, two weeks off or office bullshit. I do still have to pay the bills, but music is my life. Ryan: I work at Factory Design Labs making games/building sites and upping my skills in media. I have been there for nearly eight years now and have learned a ton. One thing, more than anything, I'd like to say is that I believe each and every one of us can shape every part of our lives, from personal to business. I basically helped create many of the roles I've taken on at Factory, from working on music and sfx for websites, to handling many photo shoots for clients in and out of the office, to video production and post-production. It's been quite a journey, and all of it has helped shape where I am in my number-one job in life, that being "creating music." Gabriel: I work full-time at Twist & Shout, I have my own painting company on the side, and I recently started giving drum lessons.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Sarah Bool and promote a tour internationally, record with kick-ass engineers and maybe sprinkle in a symphony or two along the way. Ryan: Produce music to no end and never feel limited by technology or resources. I would also have to get a symphony involved and would definitely add in more in-depth film production to go along with the vibe of the music being produced. Gabriel: Buy a house and build a studio in it for recording and producing further albums. I would invest money into helmet r00m recordings and its artists.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Ryan: In the studio and thereafter on a road trip, taking video and photos along the way (hopefully, doing a bit of storm-chasing, too!), stopping to share the emotion of the tracks created with peeps out in the world and producing some crazy new video project. Sarah: On tour and recording...did I mention that? Gabriel: Writing music and working on my art all of the time.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Sarah: Tito Jackson, for sure. Ryan: Pee-wee Herman. Gabriel: Jim Carrey.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Sarah: In a weird place, like usual. It's all eggs and gravy or some shit like that, right? Ryan: Living inside of a virtual world, having virtual relationships and thinking I'm a virtual person with virtual feelings. But, really, I know one thing: I'll be alive and living for the passions I have for life, whatever they may be at that time (most likely somehow tied to music). And I will, for sure, not be in blog land. Gabriel: Doing the same thing that I am now, except I will hopefully be making enough money from it so I can do it all of the time and be able to afford that house with the studio in it.

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