Radio station: Listen to music by Superargo
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Current Status: Performing in the area and working on second album "Clap/Collapse," due summer 2004.
Similar to: Aphex Twin, The Postal Service, DNTL
|No album artwork||Superargo||2003||Independent|
|The Backspace Statement EP||2005|
In June of 2002, I was living at the now-defunct concert venue The Halfway House in Lawrence, KS. My roommate Drew James had been working for a local concert promoter, Jacki Becker, and she needed someone at the last minute to fill an opening slot for an electronic hip-hop musician who was coming through town. Drew told her about me and when she asked me to play, I immediately accepted. I had never tried to play this kind of music live, however, so I was petrified at the thought of it. Nevertheless, I tried to make the best of it. I lugged my desktop computer into the small venue and set up a slide projector which was filled with all sorts of bizarre shots that I had hand-picked from my grandparents' vast archives. I was never asked to do a soundcheck, which I didn't figure would really matter because I could mix everything as I saw fit from the computer. This turned out to be a very bad thing. Somehow, the sound came out all inverted so the drum tracks were missing and the music was mostly buzzy noise. Once that was fixed, my friend Rachel, who was running the slides, informed me that the projector had suddenly stopped working, so she turned it off and sat at a table by the bar. To break my spirit even further, I ended up playing the rest of my set in complete darkness due to the fact that somebody thought it would be a really good idea to turn off all the lights on me midway through the show. It was a really bad night and I promised myself that I wouldn't play again until I was more well prepared for it. I was offered another show two months later. Luckily, this time I was equipped with a laptop, which made setting up a lot easier, and I had prepared a video to be projected during the set, which consisted of b-movie clips and short films I'd made starring The Skullface. The audience for the second show was much smaller than the first one, but were much more responsive, and the set went off without any problems whatsoever. The next bunch of shows followed this same format, until around May of 2003 when I suddenly found myself without a working video projector. To combat this problem, I enlisted The Skullface to help me out in person. Due to his presence, the live Superargo show has become a much more energetic, spontaneous, constantly mutating display of performance art. Only hopefully the entertaining kind and not the pretentious kind. Either way, I've found I'm much more excited to play live shows now.