Q&A with Travis Egedy of Pictureplane
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Travis Egedy, who performs under the name Pictureplane, has been rapidly gaining the attention of popular underground bands from around the country for the last few years, most notably HEALTH who took Pictureplane on a national tour in March 2009. HEALTH was also instrumental in Egedy's signing to the Lovepump United imprint. Because of this, Egedy has also received a decent amount of national press including recent interviews in Pitchfork and Fader, as well as write-ups in Stereogum. Pictureplane's combination of house, dance music and noise is noteworthy for its warm, uplifting tones and an ability to bring the listener along for a ride to a new era where everyone realizes his or her dreams. The recently released Dark Rift is perhaps less experimental than its predecessor, Turquoise Trail, but it represents a major step in the development of one of the Denver scene's most significant musical projects. We had a chance to sit down with Egedy in advance of his tour kickoff show tomorrow evening to talk about his background and the ideas behind his music. Read the full interview after the jump.
Westword (Tom Murphy): Why did you call your new album Dark Rift?
Travis Egedy: It's a term that describes a finite area within our Milky Way galaxy that our planet cycles during our long cycle of 26,000 years.
WW: One cycle of precession, right?
TE: Right. Ancient cultures would talk about this being an enormous event with implications for our planet in terms of gravitation, consciousness and transformation of DNA and crazy things. The album was about that but in a positive way. Going through this dark rift is a cleansing period of time when we remember who we truly are. There's a simple lyric in the song "Dark Rift": "Black world, they've got your girl tonight/enter into the dark rift so I can feel alright." It's about coming back the real.
WW: How did you first become familiar with these types of ideas?
TE: I feel like I've always had a natural inclination toward the mystical side. Even before I knew what that meant, I was drawn toward it. Over the past few years, I've been introduced to 2012 and spirituality and reading books on the occult. I've been really fascinated with everything like that. I've always been attracted to the alternative of everything, especially history. Even in high school, I wasn't buying what they were giving me. The specific book that changed my life [in that regard] was 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck. It's his personal story of becoming aware of these things.