q and also a :: Ernest Gonzales

Ernest Gonzales creates the blend of electronic and live instrumentation that will swirl around the small folds of your frontal lobe. Here are his answers in this installment of q and also a.

q: What is the last song you (really) heard?

a: Literally the last song I heard was Ke$ha’s Tik Tok (youtube) (ed. note: click at your own risk) which I have a love/hate relationship with but really really heard was Wind it Up (youtube) by Mark Pritchard…that song is nerdy south hard!

q: What is your favorite food?

a: Cucumbers or pineapple with lime and chile.

q: What is your favorite band to see live?

a: Hands down Grand Buffet is one of my favorite bands to see live. 200% energy with every song performed and the bits in between the songs are hilarious.

Listen: Cool As Hell (mp3)

q: What is your favorite venue in NYC (if applicable)?

a: Gotta go with Public Assembly…right before the show I ripped a huge whole in the ass of my pants so I changed in the sound booth and left them there…sorry to the soundguy if you are reading this.

q: OK, President Obama appoints you as the first Secretary of Culture, to whom do you give your first grant?

a: I would give a lifetime grant to Michel Gondry to just keep doing his thing with a stipulation that he’d have to make a music video for me equal to or better than Sugar Water (youtube) from Cibo Matto.

q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?

a: My latest project is an artbook/album called Been Meaning to Tell You. I’d say go scoop up the vinyl before they are gone…its a 180 gram white vinyl that comes with a download of the book, 13 originals, and 16 remixes from Daedelus, Yppah, Take, Pollination, CYNE to name a few. Get it at www.beenmeaningtotellyou.com. BMTTY officially drops February 9th. I’m wrapping up a compilation album just in time for SXSW. The compilation is hosted by my label Exponential and will feature new music from Exponential as well as Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Creaked, Friends of Friends, and Innovative Leisure.

Fair Weather Friends by Daedelus
Gumball Machine Weekend by Yppah
Bee Sting by Take
Sinister Skies by Pollination
Pretty Apollo by CYNE

Here’s one track plus one remix from Been Meaning to Tell You

Self Awakening (mp3)
Self Awakening (Faunts Remix) (mp3)

Ernest Gonzales is on Twitter.
Exponential page is here.
Exponential is on Bandcamp.
Friends of Friends is here.
Friends of Friends is on Bandcamp.
Dublab Sprout Session is here.
Amazon MP3 page is here.
eMusic page is here.

Self Awakening by Ashkahn Shaparnia

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