Chain D.L.K.: Hello Anything Box! You have been around forever and most of us know about you, but please introduce yourself for those few that missed a piece of the story. Who is part of the band and please tell us something about how did you get together and what have you been up to thru all these years.
Anything Box: Well, the name comes from the title of an old book of strange stories. I still have that stolen library book! Current line-up is.. Me, paul, ands Dania. We started off in NJ, moved to SOCAL where we met Paul and the rest is…
Chain D.L.K.: How was the change for you from the 80ies to the 90ies, something changed in you as individuals, in the way you write music, in the way you see the world or not really? 80ies and 90ies is it just a number? or do you think something really happened in the music world or it’s just stuff invented by the industry people?
Anything Box: The world of music changed with Nirvana, but then again, I could say the same about Rave music, which came about at the same time, or DJ culture. Take your pick. MP3s? The Internet? The world did change radically from 1994 on. I recently came across a music magazine from 1993… Not a single email, website, myspace to be found… And I was hit by how far we’ve come in so little time. My philosophy is always the same. One foot in the past, another in the present with my eyes on the future. I’m always excited about now and what next. I welcome technology, but it does come at a price. The very fiber of what brought us these freedoms of information may help to enslave us… Ying, yang….
Chain D.L.K.: What are your projects for the next future, new albums, tours?
Anything Box: World domination! Kidding. sort of. We’ve been busy on all fronts, but writing is my passion. Right now I am still in a live-first-then-document phase. I like to absorb the feelings of what happens to the human condition. This is a turbulent time, so the songs may reflect that, or reject it entirely.
Chain D.L.K.: What is the source of inspiration for you when you write and how does the writing process happen? Do you write all together or it mostly comes from one of you?
Anything Box: Writing comes from experiences. I don’t like making up songs or lyrics because of wit or fashion. I’m not built that way. If I watch anews item and I’m moved, or a friend comes by and tells me a sad story, that is what moves the art to write itself. I only document.
Chain D.L.K.: I read some of your blogs where you are very open minded in talking about this world’s problems and politics. In what way politics enter your songs? What is political and what is not for you? Is it right to talk about politics in a song or is it better to stay away from it?
Anything Box: I’m not sure. I don’t like writing political songs. But I do like to inform people of what is or may be. So my blogs are for that. My songs are something else. They are like photographs of good and bad times. Some politics may enter, but it always comes down to how it will make someone feel something. That said, I don’t like to invite anger or negative emotions. There’s too much of that already.
Chain D.L.K.: Would you like to share something about your instruments and softwares or is it top secret?
Anything Box: I would have to kill you. No. Well, yes. Abelton Live is my favorite tool in the world at the moment, but so is Flash, Nintendo, and my arsenal of broken toys. And found sounds. I love sampling stuff that at first is total nonsense, but then becomes art. I am after all, a surrealist.
Chain D.L.K.: Where do you live nowdays? Are you happy there or you wish you could live somewhere else? Do you think a place is important for the music process or any place is the same and the only important place is the studio wherever it is?
Anything Box: We all live in Socal. Which is why it is strange to not have played our own back yard in what seems like eons.
Chain D.L.K.: What are your favourite countries in general? And what are the countries that welcome you and your music the most?
Anything Box: I was born in Argentina, so I am dying to go and play there… But I am in love with all of South America at the moment. We were in Peru, which was an experience beyond reality, and Ecuador which is one of the most under-rated music scenes in the world. I really want to play in Japan. When that happens, everything in our world will change. I know this in my heart.
Chain D.L.K.: Do you have any other hobbies, interests, beyond music? What are your favorite foods?
Anything Box: Writing, movies, design, typography, painting…. Chinese, sea food…
Chain D.L.K.: Are you into film? Your favourite films of all times?
Anything Box: I love film. I don’t have a 100% favorite, because I go through phases. But I really do love Sci-Fi and dramas.
Chain D.L.K.: What about TV, do you watch TV? Is there anybody you would save in the TV world or should we kill them all?
Anything Box: After 9-11, I figured out that TV would do nothing for my soul. So I don’t watch it anymore. Once in a while I will catch a show here and there at a friend’s house or something. Otherwise? No. TV makes people stay asleep to the world. I’m not going to sleep through life that way.
Chain D.L.K.: Ask yourself a question and answer it!
Anything Box: Why am I such a nerd? Because I am what I am.
Chain D.L.K.: A message for our readers?
Anything Box: Don’t believe everything you read, watch are told on TV, radio, etc. about the world. surf news sites and get a balanced summary of what is going on in your world. And most importantly, VOTE! I won’t tell you who to vote for, but vote. You may say, “Who cares?” Well, if we ALL vote for someone and they don’t get elected, we would have a reason to march. Vote.
[interviewed by Ant Dakini] [proofreading by Ant Dakini]