Panther Modern

Musician — Los Angeles

Photo: Nedda Afsari @mutedfawn

Name, where are you from?
I'm Panther Modern, I live in LA but was born in Virginia.

Describe your style in three words?
Dangerous, Future, Dance

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Honestly, I'm sitting and having the hardest time trying to think of the last time I was 'blown away' at a gig. It's probably because I have become so analytical at gigs. I'm observing everything - the band's movements, the sound engineers mix in the FOH, the synth tone, guitar tone, the drum tones, songs, lyrics, the band's appearance. I now find myself only being able to get lost in music at after-hour parties playing dance music. EBM, techno, acid. It's easier to get lost and enjoy myself in a haze of smoke and lasers.

Okay. Actually, after having answered the next question, I realized the last time I had a moment watching a gig was watching Iggy Pop two years ago.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Iggy Pop and David Bowie. I mean is there any explanation necessary? Who wouldn't want to share a stage with these two?

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, EBM, Post-Punk, Techno, Trojan Records era dub, futurism.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Well, I already had this amazing opportunity with Penny Rimbaud of Crass, but it would have been David Bowie. To me, he was one of the last main aliens on Earth.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
I mean I always love the warehouse type of venues.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Michael Zodorozny of Crash Course in Science. First of all Crash Course in Science is a wealth of inspiration. And I hear their influence permeate through bands here in LA, and elsewhere, but I feel not a lot of people are aware of them. As a matter a fact I recently had to explain to a friend, that a mutual friend's band covered a CCS song on their latest record and that it was not an OG. And guess who showed that band CCS!


Panther Modern is a new audio/visual project by LA artist Brady Keehn. Comprising elements of Augmented Reality alongside neo-noir techno and post-punk aesthetics. Catch Panther Modern live supporting Black Marble across Europe throughout February.

Find out more here.

The first track you played on repeat?
Enigma - 'Principles of Lust'
I mean it could have been either Enigma or some TV show theme music. But my parents were always listening to Enigma, and I loved that first jam on their first record. In retrospect, I think it's hilarious my parents were listening to this. but it was either this or some Bob Marley track when I was super young.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Lunatic Calm - 'Leave You Far Behind'
Okay, I've never used this jam as a reference before, but it's almost perfect. I was obsessed with The Matrix. I was a really bored/dgaf kid so I was sent to military school, and robotripped my way through two years of that and couldn't wait to get out of there or Virginia, where I grew up.

One record you would keep forever?
Brian Eno - 'Here Come the Warm Jets'
It hits all the heartstrings for me.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
The Sound - 'Missiles'
There are a lot of songs that I will always get emotional to, but the way Adrien sings these lyrics and the reality of the question, it has always made me feel super emotional. It inspired me to write lyrics in a more blunt, straight fashion. Less about imagery or vaguely referencing the reality I'm facing.

A song you wished you had written?
There's a million. I guess it would be the time of day. And seeing how its early morning, and I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Manchester, unable to sleep from jet lag and tour, I'm gonna go with Brian Eno - 'On Some Faraway Beach'. This song will always hold this power in my heart.

Best song to turn up loud?
Identified Patient - 'Het Geweten Van Adeling Twee'
Right now I have been super into Identified Patient, really loving his production and his work with his partner is amazing.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Creedance Clearwater Revival - 'Green River'
I love this song.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
Petshop Boys - 'West End Girls'
Watch the f*ck out...

Best song to end an all-nighter?
Chris Liebing - 'And All Went Dark'
Actually, the album Burn Slow is amazing to wind down to after a night out. Really just amazing in general.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
S. Product, Dock Hellish, Lower Tar, DIN, Pelada, Aurat, Identified Patient.

Photo: Nedda Afsari @mutedfawn

Name, where are you from?
I'm Panther Modern, I live in LA but was born in Virginia.

Describe your style in three words?
Dangerous, Future, Dance

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Honestly, I'm sitting and having the hardest time trying to think of the last time I was 'blown away' at a gig. It's probably because I have become so analytical at gigs. I'm observing everything - the band's movements, the sound engineers mix in the FOH, the synth tone, guitar tone, the drum tones, songs, lyrics, the band's appearance. I now find myself only being able to get lost in music at after-hour parties playing dance music. EBM, techno, acid. It's easier to get lost and enjoy myself in a haze of smoke and lasers.

Okay. Actually, after having answered the next question, I realized the last time I had a moment watching a gig was watching Iggy Pop two years ago.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Iggy Pop and David Bowie. I mean is there any explanation necessary? Who wouldn't want to share a stage with these two?

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, EBM, Post-Punk, Techno, Trojan Records era dub, futurism.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Well, I already had this amazing opportunity with Penny Rimbaud of Crass, but it would have been David Bowie. To me, he was one of the last main aliens on Earth.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
I mean I always love the warehouse type of venues.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Michael Zodorozny of Crash Course in Science. First of all Crash Course in Science is a wealth of inspiration. And I hear their influence permeate through bands here in LA, and elsewhere, but I feel not a lot of people are aware of them. As a matter a fact I recently had to explain to a friend, that a mutual friend's band covered a CCS song on their latest record and that it was not an OG. And guess who showed that band CCS!


Panther Modern is a new audio/visual project by LA artist Brady Keehn. Comprising elements of Augmented Reality alongside neo-noir techno and post-punk aesthetics. Catch Panther Modern live supporting Black Marble across Europe throughout February.

Find out more here.

The first track you played on repeat?
Enigma - 'Principles of Lust'
I mean it could have been either Enigma or some TV show theme music. But my parents were always listening to Enigma, and I loved that first jam on their first record. In retrospect, I think it's hilarious my parents were listening to this. but it was either this or some Bob Marley track when I was super young.

A song that defines the teenage you?
Lunatic Calm - 'Leave You Far Behind'
Okay, I've never used this jam as a reference before, but it's almost perfect. I was obsessed with The Matrix. I was a really bored/dgaf kid so I was sent to military school, and robotripped my way through two years of that and couldn't wait to get out of there or Virginia, where I grew up.

One record you would keep forever?
Brian Eno - 'Here Come the Warm Jets'
It hits all the heartstrings for me.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
The Sound - 'Missiles'
There are a lot of songs that I will always get emotional to, but the way Adrien sings these lyrics and the reality of the question, it has always made me feel super emotional. It inspired me to write lyrics in a more blunt, straight fashion. Less about imagery or vaguely referencing the reality I'm facing.

A song you wished you had written?
There's a million. I guess it would be the time of day. And seeing how its early morning, and I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Manchester, unable to sleep from jet lag and tour, I'm gonna go with Brian Eno - 'On Some Faraway Beach'. This song will always hold this power in my heart.

Best song to turn up loud?
Identified Patient - 'Het Geweten Van Adeling Twee'
Right now I have been super into Identified Patient, really loving his production and his work with his partner is amazing.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Creedance Clearwater Revival - 'Green River'
I love this song.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
Petshop Boys - 'West End Girls'
Watch the f*ck out...

Best song to end an all-nighter?
Chris Liebing - 'And All Went Dark'
Actually, the album Burn Slow is amazing to wind down to after a night out. Really just amazing in general.

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
S. Product, Dock Hellish, Lower Tar, DIN, Pelada, Aurat, Identified Patient.

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