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Talking with Producer and Performer Martin Bisi

Legendary producer Martin Bisi will be in Pittsburgh on Sunday night for a performance at the Brillobox. Martin’s producer credits include Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock (Rockit), Boredoms, and many other varied and significant artists. This week I had a chance to video chat with Martin about his upcoming show in Pittsburgh and get his thoughts on the challenges of moving between studio and live work, reflections on working with John Zorn, Sonic Youth, and much more. As always, you are welcome to listen to the raudio (posted below, my questions got a little rambly in places, so sorry…). In the meantime, here are some highlights. The show is May 2 at the Brillobox starting at 9 p.m. and includes local standouts Dave Bernabo + Assembly and Mandrake Project. Admission is a mere $6 at the door.

Here is Martin’s description of what to expect from Sunday’s show.

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Talking about the differences between studio work and live work led pretty naturally to discussing some of the motivations behind his recent CD release, Sirens of the Apocalypse.

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John Zorn’s name and musical contributions came up frequently, especially as an example of someone who is able to see the big picture artistically and bring others on board. Martin had some interesting perspectives on why Zorn was able to accomplish all that he did.

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When I asked Martin about up and coming artists he had some surprising insights on why certain groups like Sonic Youth and Dresden Dolls have been able to put their ideas across successfully.

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Joining Martin for the Brillobox show are Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls on drums and Michael Kaminski (ex-Cop Shoot Cop). Hope to see you there.

Listen to the full interview. (Please note that this started as an effort to produce a video chat, but the video component didn’t quite work out. Hopefully we’ll have this working for future interviews.)

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April 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm
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