Combining elements of pop, dub, rap, all manner of good rock, and experimental music, Aleister X takes the BK/HLYWD/DTLA/JA/JP lion’s amalgamation of music and dark humor to a new level. The first single from his forthcoming Half-Speed Mastered, which is set for a February 19 release via Andrew W.K.’s Steev Mike label, “LAX,” for example, successfully merges psychedelic sunshine pop with bouncy
Layering live instrumentation, big vocals, and samples as well as visuals into his live performance, Aleister X’s multi-media head-fuckery has spread organically worldwide. Besides his notorious live NYC appearances, Aleister X has toured Australia, Canada, the U.K. and recently opened shows on Andrew W.K’s “Ten Years of Partying” 2012 US tour.
Ghettoblaster recently spoke with Aleister X who had much to say, hilariously and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, about his current home, NYC. This is what he said…
What’s your town’s nickname?
I don’t know, Nu York? But John Reis (Rocket From The Crypt) used to call it, “New Calcutta.”
What’s your nickname for your town?
Why do you live there?
The Illuminati told me to.
Did you grow up there?
Oh heavens no. No.
If not, what brought you there?
The lure of models and 20,000,000 hot girls everywhere. Also very powerful telemetric microwave frequencies that control my every move with voices. Or so they say.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
Nothing weird ever happens here. Ever.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
What is your favorite local event or festival?
The corner deli.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Summer, when only the most broke residents who can’t afford to go anywhere nicer are in town.
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
You know, NYC really needs some new bars, with some fresh ideas, and drink concoctions. Especially Brooklyn.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
The problem is, the few bars there are in NYC play the same old same old. Lots of A-sides, just typical, pedestrian shit that everyone else listens to anywhere else.
Do you play music there?
If so, where is your favorite place to play?
Secret Project Robot.
Does where you live influence your music?
Only what NOT to sound like.
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Wild Kingdom/old Free 103 Space. Endless Boogie.
What is your favorite local band?
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Palace Fried Chicken.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Record Grouch is the best record store in NYC. I recently got the first Damon Edge solo record there.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
What is your favorite local shop?
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?