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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Broken Quote

Broken Quote Interview, Bandcamp

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Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer David Schrier makes music out of Houston, Texas under the name Broken Quote. Schrier taught himself how to play and has no desire for formal training. His music ranges from ambient funk, to trip hop and electro rock, all genres he sites as influences.

In June, Broken Quote released EP Foreshadowing Sunlight. The album is available for purchase and streaming on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Broken Quote…

Tell us a little about yourself
I play a number of random instruments both electronic and acoustic, and tend to mix a broad range of styles into my music. I also may, or may not, have once spent five minutes drunkenly yelling at an ATM machine trying to order “extra hamburgers on my tomato”… I then was, or wasn’t, politely escorted out of the bank by security.

How long have you been making music?
About 16 years.

Who/what are your influences?
I’ve had so many things in life be influential and so many artists. I’ve always felt naturally inclined toward the style of composing/production that doesn’t put any boundaries on art and draws from a wide range of influence taking things into different directions. Artists such as Frank Zappa, Bjork, John Cage, Beck, Brian Eno, Parliament Funkadelic, etc.. Similarly, many experimental hip-hop producers and lyricist because of the large sea of influence that they draw from and their embracing and use of technology in interesting ways. Lyrically, the writing of experimental hip-hop MCs is a lot of what I gravitated towards. They are just the best poets around in my opinion. Eyedea, Slug, Dessa, MF DOOM, Sage Francis, P.O.S., etc.. I really connect with the way they angle their insights on the page and in performance. Also, comedians John Stewart, Louis CK., Monty Python, Zach Galifianakis, Stephen Colbert, etc..

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
So far, probably “Mispronounce” even though I didn’t get the exact sound quality on the recording I was shooting for (I can be a bit of a perfectionist). It felt like I captured something. A vibe or feeling that I wasn’t able to reproduce on the many other recording attempts. “Glass Ceiling” is close second though, for similar reasons.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
As always, I’m working on new songs. I’d like to get my songs into movies. People have often told me that they could imagine my songs/sound in films, and seeing as I can’t do any extensive touring at the moment, due to health issues, I’m gonna focus some energy on that. I’m planning some collaborations and remixes. Also thinking about some different ways to present my live show for some regional and Internet sets.

If you could no longer be a musician,what would you be or do for a living?
I’ve had many different jobs ranging from cleaning snake cages at a pet store to waiting tables to managing a record shop. And as someone who’s had physical illness unsuccessfully try to keep me from being a musician, I’d honestly probably still try and figure out a way to be a musician despite whatever situation seemingly got in the way. I can be a pretty determined person when I care about something.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Again, so many. But to name a few in no particular order: Flaming Lips, John Cage, NIN, Beck, Atmosphere, Brian Eno, Eyedea, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, DJ Shadow, David Byrne, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Parliament Funkadelic, Amon Tobin.

Why do you make music?
I need to, I’m not exactly sure why. It just feels like there are things I have to say and I have to say them with music.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
You guys didn’t ask me what my favorite instrument is… I’ll just say that it may, or may not be the triangle… But not that bullshit typical Equilateral triangle…That shit’s too mainstream… Isosceles and Obtuse triangles are what’s up.

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