Q&A with Strange Circuits

Q&A with Rodney Bakerr from industrial/synth band Strange Circuits

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES?

I’m a solo act now. So, my first impression is that I’m a unique, interesting and intelligent guy. Well. I like to think I am!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?

That’s easy, it would be Wolverhampton England at the Humming Bird Club. That night we had a young and energetic crowd who were interested in hearing something new and interesting: from the first note they were ready to go it was a great night. That’s the thing about music when you’re playing you’re not worrying about other things, you are totally into the moment. Wolverhampton proved that to me.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Umm, let’s see, there’s Kraftwerk, Jack White, Saint Vincent and a few others.  The people I have chosen are people who are open to something new and forward thinkers: Where I think I can fit in.  Most collaborations don’t really work that well as they haven’t had enough time for that to happen or to gel, but some are amazing.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

I would say ‘The Opposition’ as it shows the inner workings of what Strange Circuits is made of, i.e. Spoken Word vocals cerebral thoughts and electronic abstract soundtracks. Tracks don’t always turn out the way you want, but this one did and it brought all the elements together into one meaningful moment.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

Picasso, Vermeer, Gustav Klimt, MLK. I believe that the non-musical influencers sometimes can be the most powerful influencers as you grow and are able to express your feelings better by painting images with sound, and that takes time.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

It’s usually a hotdog, a soda and twenty dollars or pounds of gas or petrol. But, it also depends on what the gas station is offering, so, it’s hard to say, if they carry magazines that might change my order, same for snacks. In Europe the gas stations with food are better than in the U.S. I’ve been to this particular one in England that even had a McDonalds built in it.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

I would say to myself “Are you sure you want to give your life to this occupation?” It will be a long and hard road. With many changing faces and friends who you’ll meet along the way. Many people will not consider you as normal as you grow older. But after some time you will grow into someone who is a unique individual.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND PLANS FOR THE YEAR?

I plan to stay safe as much as possible without being super bored. I plan to increase my social media presence with more current data. Expand my musical knowledge especially about my instrument. And grow as a human being.

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