by Craig Cruiser (self-released, 2010)
[Below our Q&A with Ben Wagner - Mr. Cruiser]
1. How would you describe your sound in a few words?
I've never been good at describing a "sound"... but to be rather vague I'd say it's "burnt-out, mindless, dance, pop". And to be rather pretentious, I'd say "sarcasm with a hint of honesty".
Really I just want my music to be upbeat, something you won't want to kill yourself to.
2. Name 3 bands without whom you wouldn't exist.
I'm not sure how to interpret this question... but if it's bands that influenced me to make my own music it'd have to be White Flight, Black Moth Super Rainbow, and of course, Animal Collective.
If it's bands that helped influence the "sound", then I'd have to go with Brothertiger, Wavves, and GOBBLE GOBBLE.
3. If you'd have the chance to work with any film director, who would that be?
I don't really pay attention to who directs movies or videos and such, so instead watch this clip from one of the greatest shows on television, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
4. Tell us a bit about the making of these songs.
Recorded in my bedroom. At strange times in the night (anywhere from 2-6 am). I lack a great deal of musical knowledge so it's rather an experiment for me.
I basically start with a beat, then either fuck around on my keyboard or sing random words or noises, then convert those noises into an actual instrument. It's really not as romantic as you'd think.
5. Do you still buy CDs/vinyl/ tape?
Besides a CD of Merriweather Post Pavilion, I haven't bought anything physical in the past 6 years or so.
A good majority of the music I listen to now is available for free downloads...Otherwise, I cop that shit on the world wide web, sshhh!