By Dan Marter
We sat down with our friend (and resident blog writer at INTHECLOUDS) to discuss this month's cassette tape. In her spare time (which we aren't too sure how she manages to have free time) Kristyn is also Editor of Left Bank magazine, an international art and music blog, and helped curated some artists and tunes for April's Ear Buds Mixtape.
How’s it going? Let’s start with the cassette tape - nice artwork!
Thanks! But I can’t take the credit, it’s by Anton Vitkovskiy, a Russian artist who is based in Bushwick. He’s got this perfect mix between Basquiat and Picasso, and really vibrant colors. It’s super expressive and I felt like it worked with the music really well.
Speaking of the music, how did you find the bands?
I actually came across most of them on the music platform we use for getting new submissions (cuz my email was getting a little out of control, not gonna lie). It’s called Submithub and they basically work with bands all over the world, so I came across Champyons, Canshaker Pi, and La Bête Blooms that way. TREADS reached out to us after a FB post. So I can’t hate Mark Zuckerberg TOO much.
I think when I was talking to INTHECLOUDS about this, I mentioned how I’m going to Berlin in a few weeks and so originally I wanted only Berlin bands, so I could meet them, take pics etc. but then other bands started rolling in, and I realized I wanted it to be more broad.
So how did you go about getting deciding the tracks?
That was kind of the easy part—they were all in the process of promoting certain songs, and TREADS actually gave us a brand new track that isn’t available anywhere. Seriously they finished recording and mixing and emailed us the final version, which I thought was amazing. It was all very organic and working with the bands has been awesome.
Where are the bands from?
Yeah! So actually we got a really good mix of bands: Champyons is from Berlin, TREADS is from Brooklyn (actually the lead singer was in Whiskey Bitches fun fact), Canshaker Pi is from the Netherlands, and La Bête Blooms from Hull. Their sounds all work together—very loud and in charge, with a little shoegaze mixed in thanks to Champyons
Finally, anything coming up we should know about?
Thanks for asking! Yeah we are putting out another zine soon, I’m working with this talented designer Erika Briggans-Jones who did the last zine. And Erika, myself, and this AMAZINGLY TALENTED photographer Cory Rice are in the process of putting together a nude art show and coffee table book. Keeping things weird for sure.
Thanks again to Left Bank for partnering with us for April’s Cassette! Check out their site here.