The Decatur-based electronica and multimedia artist known only as Brokenkites has built a following thanks to YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, MySpace, Last.fm and other sites where he shares his textured, cinematic soundscapes. His albums Seven Circles, Fugue State and most recently No Sun So Brightly Shines have found their way on to iPods around the world. However, he keeps his identity a secret preferring to let the music speak for itself.
Tell us about your latest project?
I’m always working on music, but lately I’ve been more interested in shooting videos for my tracks and getting my tracks connected to other artist’s video works. It’s that whole multimedia thing, again – I don’t think that people should limit themselves when it comes to creative expression through their works; for example, I shot a time lapsed video of myself doing a painting for the track “Technique.” I thought it would be great to see a painted image come together as a song progresses, and in the end, there would be three creations: the track, the video, and the physical painting. There are a couple of really great directors that I’ve met through Vimeo who’ve done some nice stuff with my songs. UK artist Harriet Macdonald recently made a beautifully done stop-motion animation for the track “Touch” that’s basically an abstract love story. Industrial photographer Steven SetteDucatti has made several time-lapse nighttime construction videos, and IDOM Productions has used my music for several of their 48-hour film festival submissions. It’s a good feeling to see my work getting out there on so many diverse project styles.
Who are your musical influences?
I really like what artists like Hybrid, Orbital, and Underworld have done with their catalogs. Tangerine Dream has also been very influential on my creative process and how I prioritize working on things. Their output is phenomenal.
Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity?
There are so many people in Atlanta with diversified interests and musical tastes, so I’m always meeting new people to talk with about music and pass my stuff to. I wait tables downtown, so that’s been a great place for me to interact with everyone, too. The Mobius show on Georgia Tech’s radio station WREK has been great about playing my stuff for people. One thing that I think is a little disappointing, though, is the lack of funding for the arts in both Atlanta and all of Georgia. I’m not sure why people don’t seem to appreciate the arts – because when they’re taken away, it’s like there’s a big chunk of culture being cut out of the city/state. In a major metropolitan area with over six million people, I think we could do better about prioritizing creativity.
What’s on your iPod?
R.E.M., U2, Morrissey, Reso, Cinnamon Chasers, Alphawezen, Flunk, Home Video, Younger Brother, and M83 are in rotation. I really like the Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero, probably because it’s a total concept album that incorporated lots of Meta material online into the storyline presented by the tracks.