BT
Interview by Wayne Chinsang
Illustration by Fphatty Lamar

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BORN AND BRED ON BACH AND BEETHOVEN, THE MAN THAT BECAME BT IS SYNONYMOUS TODAY WITH BASS AND BEATS. WITH MULTIPLE DISCS ON DECK, SHOW DATES IN HIS PLANNER, AND A SOFTWARE COMPANY TO RUN, IT WAS HARD FOR HIM TO FIND A FREE MOMENT TO CHAT WITH OUR OWN WAYNE CHINSANG ABOUT CLASSICAL COMPOSERS, CIRCUIT-BENT FURBIES, AND HIS MOST RECENT GIFT TO THE WORLD OF SOUND: THE MUSICAL EQUIVALENT OF A TITTY.

BT: Hey, Wayne. How you doing, man?

Wayne Chinsang: Good. How are you?

BT: Really good, man. Hey, I donít ever say this at the beginning of an interview, but your magazine is fucking amazing.

WC: Thanks, man.

BT: Seriously, no bullshit. Iím kind of bummed out I didnít discover it awhile ago, because I just did a side project that involves a lot of visual art with music. And when I opened your magazine.... I mean, itís hysterical-- the interviews are really funny and everything-- but the art is incredible. I would have fully tried to hire some of the artists that you guys use because theyíre so fucking good, dude. I really dig it, man.

WC: Thanks a lot! We actually started the mag up at our art school, so itís basically just a bunch of visual artists that run it.

BT: Wow, man. How cool.

WC: Iíll be sure to let everyone on staff know what you said, and if you ever need anything, definitely let us know.

BT: Oh my God, dude, Iím not kidding. Iím definitely gonna do a follow-up to this record I have coming out in the summer. Some of the tracks have animation, some of them have short films-- just a bunch of my friends that are filmmakers and animators did pieces for them. But I have one piece on there that is hand-drawn, and I really wanted a second one. And thereís no time now, but for the second one there will be. So Iím totally serious when I say this: Iíd really like to talk to some of the people there when I do a follow-up. Because, no bullshit, dude, I flipped out when I opened the magazine.

WC: Thanks a lot, man. That really means a lot to all of us here.

BT: Definitely, dude. Itís fucking incredible stuff, man. Seriously.

WC: You know, oddly enough, the night that you and I first met, two of the artists from TLC were at the club doing live art while you were playing.

BT: Are you serious?

WC: Yeah. Right at the front door, when you first walked in, there were two boards set up, and two of the guys were there painting. The guy that did the Kermit the Frog cover [Vinnie Baggadonuts], and the guy that did the illustration of Mike Patton [Erik Rose] were there painting.

BT: Itís really weird-- Mike Patton and I have never met, but weíve crossed so many of the same paths that itís not even funny. Both of us are really close friends with this guy named Richard Devine, who is an amazing IDM [intelligent dance music] artist in his own right. But both Mike Patton and I go to a couple of the same people who hand-build instruments for us. So we just have a lot of strange stuff in common. I know weíll meet and it will be strange, because (laughs) thatís just kind of how it is with the two of us.

WC: You should both make an effort to not meet, and then the first time you do meet you should immediately make something together.

BT: Dude, exactly! Seriously. Hopefully weíll run into one another ready and with instruments in our hands.

Both: (laugh)

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