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INTERVIEW: Wilderman

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

So great!

I am currently on the border of Mexico in an off-the-grid house (the one from my “Open Space” video [https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sLOUquiqTj8]) and we had chicken enchiladas with poblano cream with an egg on it for breakfast with a piece of birthday cake from last night. So I’m feeling pretty stoked.

Can you talk to us more about your track “Cog”?

As culture homogenizes on the internet and globalization becomes prevalent, people lose a sense of cultural identity and individuality. What we are “fed” is filtered through algorithm, influences our decisions and ultimately, identity.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

The internet.

What was the process and experience creating the music video?

The Cog video uses footage from from “Progressive Growing of GANs for Improved Quality, Stability, and Variation”[http://research.nvidia.com/publication/2017-10_Progressive-Growing-of] – an experiment by NVIDIA that uses adversarial networks to create imaginary celebrity pictures “dreamed up by a random number generator”.

The continual morphing of endless fake-celebrity faces has the effect of making it difficult to discern their individuality, over time giving the illusion of a singular crowd-identity.

The single comes off your new album Artifice – what’s the story behind the title?

In my previous album, “Learn To Feel”, I was consumed with the idea of physical “realism” – which is why I recorded to tape – for the physical transfer. This album was at its core about the opposite of real – our digital existence, or rather, my relationship with it.

How was the recording and writing process?

In September of 2014, 8 friends and I gathered at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX. We recorded call-and-response-style improvisations which were later treated as samples and edited into songs over the following two years.

You brought some special guests into the record – based on what did you pick up the artists?

Friendship, talent and cosmic generosity.

What personal experiences and other themes did you get to explore on this record?

This album was an exploration of my relationship to our digital experience. What started as a process to address my problems with technology also led to me exploring what I would consider to be my own solution.

I explore themes of isolation, group-think, digital echo chambers, the loss of “now”, algorithmic consciousness, urban claustrophobia, courage, love, hedonism, complacency, the human spark, spirituality, sensuality and MORE.

Any plans to hit the road?

Working on a tour for late spring… now accepting offers! 🙂

What else is happening next in Wilderman´s world?

I’m writing a TV show, launching a Kickstarter, possibly a scent line, an iPhone app called “Making Scents”, and also releasing an album ARTIFICE ON 4/20.

Xo

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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