How did you guys (absofacto) get started?
I’d been in various bands for a while before, but had always loved just writing songs, producing them, and in general just seeing how good I could make things all on my own. It’s just something I naturally love to do, so Absofacto needed to exist.
Who came up with the name such as Absofacto?
I saw someone arguing online that said “absofacto” when they really meant “ipso facto,” but they were using it to just mean “absolutely factual,” and something about the complete and utter wrongness of it appealed to me at the time.
Who are the members of your band and what do they play?
It’s just me, Jonathan Visger. I sing, play keys, bass, guitar, do all the electronic stuff, record, mix, and master. I collaborated with my friend Brian Konicek on a few of the songs, who is a great guitarist. I also play with him in my other band Hollow & Akimbo.
What type of music do you guys play?
It has morphed over the existence of the project while maintaining some consistent characteristics. In recent times I’ve arrived at a sound I think of as “glitch hop meets pop.” Or something like that.
Who are you currently listening to on your ipod/Iphone/Andrroid etc.?
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Deltron 3030 lately.
Who or what inspired the band?
It’s such a conglomeration of influences, but Flying Lotus, Gorillaz, and Bonobo have all left a deep mark. I’d be remiss to discount James Mercer’s melodic influence on me too. I’m also very inspired by the feeling Haruki Murakami’s novels evoke. Dreamlike, but in a sort of mundane way.
What do you guys expect with your band in the upcoming year?
All of a sudden it’s been getting a lot more attention so it’s harder to predict, but I’m planning to keep releasing new material and trying to up the ante. I’m feeling pretty on top of my game and inspired, so I’m excited to keep stretching the upper limit of what I can create.
What do you hope to achieve with your band?
I just want to make beautiful and unique sounds that make people feel like life is a little more magical when they’re listening to them.
Your song Dissolve sounds amazing in my opinion, how did the song came to be from the way it is now?
Thank you! I came up with the basic idea around January 1 of this year, and over time it evolved into what it is now. There’s a certain neutral feeling it evokes for me that I managed to hold onto and remember though out the process of getting all the details in place.
First glance at your recent album cover you get this hipster, indie vibe how did this become the cover of choice?
I work with a brilliant designer (Chris Everhart of the Silent Giants). I had actually attempted to make a cover myself, but wasn’t happy with it. Chris bailed me out. I think he captured the dreaminess of the song, but also the casually cruel theme of the lyrics.
I also noticed that the same color play comes up in each album care to go into detail about that?
That’s another contribution from Chris. He helped unify all the music by finding a visual theme that felt right for it all.
What makes your band standout from the rest of crowd?
I’m not sure that that’s my place to say. I can say that I have a very specific vision at this point and work excessively hard to try to get it across. I also don’t play live with Absofacto right now, which I think helps set the recordings apart from some other artists. It’s very liberating to not have to picture how a song will translate live when you’re making it. What’s great when you’re listening to a song at home or in headphones is so different than what is great if you’re at a live show.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been pretty serious about it for the last ten years.
Where was your first show?
I’ve only done two or three live performances as Absofacto, and they were both 1-2 songs long.
How does it feel getting up on stage in front of a live crowd?
It can be amazing. My other band, Hollow & Akimbo, does play live. When it’s the right crowd it puts you in the moment like very few other things in life can. It’s terrifying but thrilling, and when it’s really working it feels like my body is a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown.
Are there any obstacles whatsoever when it comes to the band?
My own perfectionism is a constant problem for me… The recordings never end up perfect, but at a certain point in the process I fall in love with what I’m making and decide I’ll spend any amount of time or effort to make sure there’s absolutely nothing about it that doesn’t feel right to me. That amount of time ends up being obscene.