COSMOLOGY Interview w/ Pezzner


1. What was your introduction to electronic music ?
Back in high school 1991 – 1992 I got really into
experimental and industrial music
ala Skinny Puppy, Psychic TV, Nitzer Ebb…
I lived in Mohave Valley, Arizona and the area was pretty secluded from
electronic music so I became really fascinated with the genre.
In 1992 I moved to Seattle and the rave scene was just emerging at the time.
But the end all record for me –
the one that made hooked me in was “Ooee I Am Ready” by Church of Extacy.

2. Some people believe that this is a pivotal time in dance music.
  Do you feel there is a way forward, to use Terence Mckenna’s term,
  an archaic revival?  Or is the corporate sponsorship and mainstream
  commercial hi-jacking of dance music
   sending it all to a point of no return?  
There’s a lot going on at the moment but I think the mainstream
acceptance of the genre, the massive festival culture
has raised the bar considerably,
for the music producers, and the casual listener.

3. How did you approach, ”Last night in Utopia”.
Most of the album was written on tour.
On one particular tour in 2011 I had some extended time off
between shows in London, Moscow and Rome
so I set up my studio in hotels in Malta and in Rome
and spent a couple weeks isolating myself and working.
Most of the tunes were written to sit in the album.

4. Favorite (After party) record in your bag ?
I think at the moment its Mu – Paris Hilton.
The track is pretty old but it keeps making its way back into circulation.

5. Oldest record in your bag ?
XTrak – I Node Ep (Peacefrog)

6. Most recent record in your bag ?
Pezzner & Amina – Exit (Crosstown Rebels). Just got my copies yesterday.

7. Yeah we’re really feeling your new EP on Crosstown Rebels and just noticed
   that you will be playing at their Get Lost party in Miami.
   Tell us a little about your relationship with Damian Lazarus
   and how the EP came about.
In 2009 Seth Troxler booked me to play at their
Movement Monday after party – Need I Say More,
and Damian was among a slew of people I was introduced to.
I stayed in touch and began reaching out to the label in 2011
once I had new material to submit.
But I’d say my relationship with Damian and Crosstown is pretty professional.
The label is also ran by some familiar people I’ve known since old days
when I was releasing Jacob London records on Classic.
I cant believe I’m calling those the “old days”

8. Have you ever had an experience that you would label as an extraterrestrial
   (either from another planet or another plane of exsistence) contact ?
Not yet. Still waiting for that one.

9. What is the most far away from your home town of Seattle you’ve played?
   And what was that gig like?
The furthest away I’ve played from Seattle is Melbourne.
My favorite Melbourne gig (I’ve played there a few times)

10. What is your cosmology ?
I try not to think too much about this stuff.
It makes my brain hurt. I love the theory that basically says the
only thing in the universe that we can truly say is real,
is the thoughts in our own heads and
that everything else is really up for question.
green pezzner

Words : Tony Futique

Pezzner plays this Friday. COSMOLOGY at Vanguard 1415 L St