Name, where are you from?
JG: Jason Gates, NYC.
HE: Heather Elle, Virginia
MVV: Madison Velding-VanDam, Michigan
What do you do?
JG: Work on music, drum, manipulate sounds, engineer, etc.
MVV: I make records and perform music live. I also work in video, specialising in post-production.
HE: Low end and mouth noises.
Describe your style in three words.
HE: Communist Business Woman.
MVV: Cheesecake Factory Middle-Management.
JG: Big black boots.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
HE: Recently it was Combo Chimbita, a Cumbia-inspired tropical futurism four-piece. I could feel the ancestral magic they were conjuring. By the end of the show I was crying. They’re a truly visionary and powerful group.
MVV: Black MIDI live blew me away.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
HE: The Cure. I can’t choose a second one; it’s too difficult.
MVV: Talking Heads because they could put together 'Stop Making Sense', the greatest concert performance theatre ever, and Sonic Youth because they never stopped evolving artistically.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
JG: Dark electronic music: R. Rose, Surgeon, Karenn, Carter, Tutti, Void. They stimulate my thinking and hypnotize me.
HE: Objectum Sexuals, those who have romantic or sexual feelings towards inanimate objects, have always fascinated me. Many make fun of them or pity them, but when I’m feeling particularly hopeless about humanity, I empathize with them. After living in NYC for so long, I always say that one day I’ll become a hermit in the woods, and who knows what I’d fall in love with if my boyfriend weren’t here. Probably a tree or a huge rock. Definitely my bass.
MVV: Biopunk — transhumanism is the future.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
JG: Elon Musk or Richard Dawkins. Hell, I don’t know. That’s a tough question.
MVV: Malcolm X
Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
JG: I don’t think I’ve ever played a bad show at the Mercury Lounge in the city.
MVV: Brudenell Social Club in Leeds for its rich musical history.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
HE: No one talks about these women enough: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Godmother of Rock n’ Roll, and Suzanne Ciani, an incredibly innovative electronic musician, composer, and sound designer who’s been going since the ’70s.
JG: Adrian Utley. I like most of what he does to records he produces. Same with John Parish. I’m not sure they are that unsung though. I also love Dasha Rush.