"Juvenile B" (anonymous guest)
"Juvenile B" is the pseudonym we’ve given our anonymous guest, a brilliant American musician who performs creative, non-ideological re-workings of the music used by certain extremist groups for recruitment/propaganda purposes. We talk with him about the scales and modes of various world musics, shock value, and ideology. NB: Neither our guest, nor anyone at Fluid Exchange supports extremism or terrorism of any kind.
Wolfe Barrett aka Drrty Pharms
Wolfe Barrett is the most controversial guest we have had on Fluid Exchange. Barrett is a pariah in the New York DIY scene and we wanted to get at just what it is that makes them so hated by so many people. CW many will be disturbed by much what is expressed in this episode. We at Fluid Exchange in no way support the actions expressed by Barrett.
Another special duo episode, this time with Looker interviewing co-host M. Lamar, a composer who works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. Lamar expounds on being an 8-year-old opera fanatic, individualism and politics in his work, and what it means to be “free”.
Queer Trash is a curatorial platform organized by Eames Armstrong, Michael Foster, and Richard Kamerman, as a framework for queer experimental performance practices across live disciplines. Looker and Lamar talk with QT about their relationship to the noise and improv scenes, what they look for in the artists they present, and various meanings of the word "queer".
Penny Arcade is a true New York legend, a prolific performance artist, actor, and playwright whose work has been a fixture of the downtown scene and the worldwide experimental arts scene since the early 80s, having already worked with Andy Warhol, and John Vaccaro's Playhouse of the Ridiculous, in the 60s and 70s. Looker and Lamar talk with Penny about the erasure of history, the value of apprenticeship, and Gay Shame.
A special duo episode where Lamar interviews co-host Charlie Looker, composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with the bands Psalm Zero, Extra Life, and ZS, as well as his chamber music. The two discuss John Zorn, their personal interpretations of the word "bourgeois", and why it's an exciting time to be making art as a white male.
Luwayne Glass (aka Dreamcrushr) has been active as a producer and performer of harsh electronic music in the US and global underground since the early 00s. Looker and Lamar talk with Luwayne about sneaking out to punk shows at a kid, their “ho phase”, and the both the usefulness and problems with their self-coined genre description, “Nihilist Queer Revolt Musik”.
Zohra Atash is a singer, songwriter and musician whose projects include Azar Swan and Religious to Damn. She is also an irregular columnist at Slutist. Looker and Lamar talk with Zohra about her Afghani family’s turbulent story, her rich perspectives on various vocal techniques from around the world, and the importance of discipline, and craft.
Sam Hillmer is a musician, artist, and curator living in Brooklyn NY. He is the creator of seminal Brooklyn noise band/chamber ensemble ZS, the You are Here Festival (aka the maze) which he conceives and produces with his visual art duo Trouble, and outsider hip hop moniker Representing NYC. Looker and Lamar talk with Sam about running venues in New York, the internet and social space, and being open to bad experiences on tour.
Swiss musician Manuel Gagneux is the lead singer, guitarist, and mind behind the new rising band Zeal & Ardor, where he combines elements of black metal, electronic, and traditional black American music. Manuel talks with Looker and Lamar about the problem with calling artists "problematic", Negro spirituals, and his personal relationship with Satanism.
Robert A.A. Lowe
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe makes music under the moniker Lichens, using voice and modular synthesizer to create spontaneous compositions that explore the physicality of sound. He is also a member of revered psych/doom metal band OM. Looker and Lamar talk with Robert about his roots in the 90s midwest avant rock scene, the electricity, nature, and the meaning of “immersive” music.
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix is a New York composer, guitarist, vocalist, and writer, who leads the band Liturgy, makes electronic music under the name Kel Valhaal, and enraged many people in the black metal scene a few years back with his unsolicited philosophical essay "Transcendental Black Metal". Looker and Lamar sit down with Hunter to riff on the ahistoricization of culture, nihilism vs. humanism in music, and the unlikely intersection of rap music and medieval chant as influences.