aka peter schott, was born & raised in boise, idaho. he's a
raging sagitarius & a health-conscious semi-vegitarian who enjoys
the occasional cigarette.
fct: when did you start getting into
vfm: i started cutting tapes together,
sounds from movies, sounds i recorded, etc when i was 14. there
was this girl i liked who was into stuff like that - she was the
reason i was like 'i can do that.' i gave her the first thing i
made, & we eventually hooked up. it was around that same age
that frank cherry, a dishwasher at my father's restaurant, introduced
me to 'quality' electronic music. i got into visual art quite a
bit before that; i drew constantly from 3rd grade on up. i personally
believe that all the arts are connected, & i definitely feel
that my early fascination with visual arts directly precipitated
my later love affair with music.
fct: who are your main musical inspirations?
vfm: aphex twin, dj shadow, future
sound of london. i listen to a lot of stuff, so i've got a lot of
'em, but those are the artists that affected me early on.
fct: if you could choose anyone to
work with, who would it be?
vfm: i'd say aphex twin, but i'd
be too scared to work with him. maybe dj shadow...
fct: what'd you think of private
press, compared to entroducing?
vfm: i thought it was a beautiful
progression, a succinct comment on where he's going & where
people are able to go. i didn't really have any expectations for
it, so i wasn't 'let down' at all. though i will say that entroducing
is one of the most subtly-perfect, tasteful things that i can imagine
ever being put together. i really respect his ear for music.
fct: why do you make your own music?
vfm: because it's the most emotive,
kung-fu-type experience that a person can have. if i hear a melody
or something in my head while walking down the street, i go home
& make it accessible. it's the easiest way to express myself.
fct: your music is very emotional.
do you feel any particular emotion most often while you're composing?
vfm: frustration is a huge emotion
that i deal with on a daily basis. i have so many feelings at any
given moment, but frustration is the force that drives me to get
the music out. music is a huge learning tool for self-awareness;
it's so personal. it's like a mirror into the soul. a lot of people
call my music 'dark,' a lot of it has been called 'passionate' or
'sad.' most of the time it's just labeled 'emotional.'