utorak, 4. prosinca 2012.

Lil Internet - narkoman svjetlosti


DJ sundtracka za partije u njegovu mozgu i režiser muzičkih spotova koji je pročitao cijelu Wikipediju. Jedna od središnjih figura već spominjanog sea punka (on je i stvorio taj pojam, koji mu se objavio u snu).



Lil’ Internet wears many hats – literally and figuratively. By day he is the senior director and editor at KarmaloopTV.com but as day creeps to night, he is a well-known DJ, producer and director who has smashed out popular remixes for Crooklynclan.net and Kanye West as well as direction in music videos for Fools Gold Records, Sound Pellegrino, and Mad Decent.
Lil’ Internet is currently working on a music video for Diplo, Dillon Francis, and Maluca, and in between takes, Romeo Cuevas at Antenna Magazine caught up with the Virginia native to find out what inspires him. Check it out

Apocalyptic Retro Rave from Enigmatic DJ/Producer ‘LIL INTERNET’

Back in June, our very own DJ Cal posted the video for Dillon Francis and Diplo’s “Que! Que!”. Y’all remember this?  The one with the dancing twelve year olds and the 90s-style clip art graphics. (If not, click here) Anyway,  this hilariously outrageous video was directed by none other than LIL INTERNET! LIL INTERNET, formerly known as RedFoxx, is the pseudonym of the ALL CAPS-loving, cheap 90′s animation aficionado Julian ‘Haterskeeptalkinumakinmefamous’ Foxworth (as he’s known on Facebook). Foxworth’s days are spent working as the senior director and editor of  the trendy website karmalooptv.com, but when the sun goes down he transforms into super DJ LIL INTERNET! LIL INTERNET makes music for the end of the world.  His throbbing, coked-out  club anthems are the perfect soundtrack to your wild 2012 apocalypse rave party. So, it makes perfect sense that LIL INTERNET samples Britney Spears’ “Til’ the World Ends” on his blissed-out track titled “BRITNEY SPEARS ILLUMINATI GLITCH”. The four tracks posted on LIL INTERNET’s soundcloud exhibit Foxworth’s affinity for 90′s rave culture, moombahthon  riddims, and cocaine (listen to “DMXICO [MASTER]” and you will see what I mean). LIL INTERNET’s musical style follows in the same vein as fellow rave revivalists Pictureplane and Modern Witch. Foxworth’s personal aesthetic could be attributed to the whole “witch-house” genre but even so, LIL INTERNET stands alone.  Here’s some words of wisdom from the man himself: “If we took all the gun powder out of every bullet and bomb we could have fireworks every night.” true dat LIL INTERNET…true dat. (quote via antennamag)

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Exclusive LIL INTERNET Mix

The New York-based producer/DJ/video director/you-name-it tells us all about his bizarro one-off concept mix shaped around DMX acapellas

About the mix...
"This is a concept ambient mix about DMX... DMX is really crazy. His rap sheet (I mean, raps and criminal record) is insane. This is a guy who had five albums debut at Number 1 in a row, at the time the only artist to have an entire catalog debut at #1. But his lyrics were extremely violent even for rap. I mean this dude was dark, extremely troubled... bipolar, drug abuse, everything. And on every album he'd pray acapella (except the 5th prayer it was over a beat... wack!) And as extremely violent as his lyrics were for rap, I feel like the "Prayers" were extremely intimate for rap... No posturing and stunting it was a real cry for help and a real communication to God. But the first prayer was just labelled as a "skit." How could you immediately sabotage the brevity of this prayer by making it a "skit?" I felt that these prayers should be in a more sombre context.
So I mixed them over some of my favourite haunting ambient / drone / experimental tracks and processed the vocals. As you get further into the prayers though, I have them decay and more and more, kind of an aural analogy to his descent into madness. Except for the last prayer because that one isn't officially released yet. I've been reading about sound magic and sampling as a magical act so I didn't want to affect the future. So I left it dry. Anyways this is a deep mix, it takes patience so don't just put it on unless you want to kind of meditate on it or have it in the background while you stare at the ceiling."
...your secret talent?
I'm a really good marksman. Shooting guns is actually a really zen activity. You have to pull the trigger without anticipation of the result. You hit the target best when you have entirely let go and do not expect the BANG! Kind of like willing things or magickal workings. Lust of result will prevent you from hitting the target.
...your worst vice?
I've got plenty. Grossest one is I want to start breastfeeding again. I get mad that my girlfriend isn't lactating. But it would be even worse if she was. I have too many vices to have kids thats for damn sure. It's crazy though I did so well in school and have worked non-stop and never lost a job since I was 14... I'm pretty good at being out of control.
…the story behind your name(s)? Are they alter-egos or mere monikers to separate your work?
When I started my Twitter it was the old names of my two previous projects - Red Foxx and SLUTTT. Both started as kind of tongue and cheek alter egos that unexpectedly gained fans. I got bored though - also it's hard being two people, PLUS yourself - so I changed it to TropicalWifi (I really want to live on a beach with good wifi!) then it was GodWIFI and then I thought of Lil Internet some night in a particularly lulzy state of mind. It wasn't taken. Couldn't believe it.
Nobody had it on all of the internet. I wanted to make a new kind of music anyways so I became Lil Internet. This one's the least alter ego to me... Closest to the true "I." I still unabashedly change and warp my identity constantly though, even IRL. Confusion is the only constant.  That's how I really sum up myself and where culture is going in the future.
... your favourite sound?
THE SUPERSAW by far. It's the synth sound of every melody in every big trance, hardstyle, or Top 40 club banger.  It might be the most recognizable musical sound in the world at this point. It's synthetic, huge, euphoric, global.
...your worst fashion secret?
I left a pair of Air Jordan 3's on my windowsill to dry out because they smelled bad but then I forgot about them and they got rained on for weeks and now they smell even worse. I found them in a basement and there was rat poison in them but I wore them anyways.
...your favourite website?
Wikipedia! I tell people I've read all of Wikipedia and the less net-saavy actually have believed me. "How do you know about so much stuff?" "Oh I've read all of Wikipedia." "Really? Wow!"
... good for breakfast?
Plain greek yoghurt with maple syrup, frozen blueberries, ground flax. I eat really healthy to make up for all of the other ways I abuse my body which has nothing to do with partying at all really guys, I just like, totally work out too much you know, totally not lying I live for the gym and stuff.
.the best thing about where you're from?
Norfolk, VA!! I eat crab nonstop when I'm there. So many crabcakes. Beaches. Driving around with bass in the trunk.  Alot of really talented people too. And the Fair Price Flea Market. They have really cool rugs there like full knit tigers and a store that sells dildos, swords, and crack pipes (yes in one store). You can get a haircut, eat Jamaican food, play Street Fighter 2 and buy Ghetto Fights DVDs all in one place... I mean basically you can live there.  And you should.  Immediately.  Fair Price Flea Market 956 East Little Creek Road Norfolk, VA 23518-3843
...at the top of your shit list?
HUMANITY. It's really sad. The entire world is 5 minutes away from annihilation at any moment (nuclear football, look it up on WIKIPEDIA lol). At this point there is like this mental evolutionary rift, I really feel like it.  Some people really just operate on a really reptilian level... fear and greed. I want the aliens to come visit and wake everyone up. There's alot of illuminated people though and we really need to stick together.  People who actually love life, hate being angry, have that fearless glimmer in their eyes and know that the best things in life you cannot buy (except for rollercoasters).
...are you listening to now?
The sound of my laptop fan whirring frantically while rendering video for my job at KarmaloopTV.com (make sure you check it out and #RECLAIMYOURTV! But after that I'm going to listen to Juvenile "Ha". 
How would you describe your work?
My dance music is influenced by hardstyle, trance, tricky bass music like the Club Cheval guys, vogue beats... I'm not the type of DJ who doesn't dance. I was a raver before I started DJing and making music didn't stop that. So I make music that makes me want to dance, and that's hard to classify because that's very important to me.  When you name something it starts to die, so hopefully my music is confusing enough to avoid nomenclature.
For video stuff I just like spectacle, and that's hard to make these days!  I listen to music visually so I'm always seeing images in my head and alot of these become the videos I make.  I've always voraciously consumed and analysed culture. And I get bored of things very fast which keeps me searching for novelty constantly. And hopefully everything I make at the least feels truly novel and unique, whether it's strange dance music or an ambient mix about DMX. At the same time this has led me to feel like I'm not part of any particular group or scene, but I don't really mind it... Confusion is the only constant and I'm going to stick with that!
All DMX vocals affected by @LILINTERNET unless noted as "DRY"
1.  "Lord Give Me A Sign" A Capella
2.  DMX Prayer 1 / Dark Side of the Audio System- Loop 8
3.  DMX Prayer 2 / William Baskinski- El Camino Real
4.  DMX Prayer 3 / Leyland Kirby- The Sound of Music Vanishing
5.  DMX Prayer 4 / Mark Fell- Multistability 4
6.  DMX Prayer 5 / Devastated by @LILINTERNET
7.  DMX Prayer 6 / Dry, Video Interview Rip
Download the mix HERE


When NYC-based DJ/producer/director LIL INTERNET isn’t working on his PURE NRG rave music, hanging with Gucci Mane or running Karma Loop TV, he’s producing remixes and directing videos for the likes of Kanye and Diplo. How does he find the time to do it all? We find out!

SS: Listening to your music makes me feel like I’m in ‘90s Ibiza wearing ten plastic whistles and a face full of neon paint. So… is rave back?

LI: For me, rave never left. I’ve been a raver since I was 13. I went to London with my parents and stumbled across Cyberdog, and it changed my life. I bought mixtapes and fell in love with a girl with purple cyber dreads and decided that THIS IS WHO I WANT TO BE. I’ve had very transcendent experiences at raves – maybe once a year I get THE FEELING, when your hair stands on end and REALITY MELTS, just for a second.

SS: So it’s that feeling that you’re channelling in your music?

LI: My music is the soundtrack to the party in my brain. I make tracks that operate on pure feeling, channelling hardstyle, UK house, trance – anything I want. I don’t make music for cool guys who are really serious about “THESE NEW SOUNDS” – I’m thinking of 1000 kids bouncing up and down in UFO pants blowing whistles doing the ‘Running Man’ with cartoon backpacks. That’s really who it’s for – it’s for them and it’s for ME, and that’s it.

SS: Tell us about your ‘Britney Spears Illuminati Glitch’ track. The name’s pretty intriguing…

LI: Britney Spears is a mental slave!!! There was a glitch in her control! It’s a conspiracy – she is a victim of Monarch Mind Control. The sample in the song is not like a ‘glitch’ like in recording – her brain glitched during an interview. It’s so scary.

SS: So how did you get into directing music videos? You’ve worked with acts like Robyn and A-Trak in the past, that’s pretty big.

LI: At first, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d make crazy videos for my old club night ‘<3throb as="as" could="could" do="do" for="for" glad="glad" hates="hates" i="i" long="long" m="m" me="me" nobody="nobody" often="often" people="people" so="so" take="take" ten="ten" that.="that." they="they" thought="thought" times="times" videos="videos" which="which" whole="whole" would.="would." would="would">
SS: You’ve also produced a remix for Kanye, and interviewed names like Kid Sister and Dan Deacon. How did you manage to get involved with such major artists?

LI: In all of my creative ventures, I never get that popular with fans but I always get known amongst A&R types and other artists – often really big artists – they lurk me a lot because I’m good with trends, memetics and generally generating lulz…. but I think I always go a little over the head (or ahead) of mainstream audiences. I also do interviews and video work for KarmaloopTV, but most of the aforementioned stuff I got on my own, somehow, someway.

SS: So tell us about the vibe at KarmaloopTV – you’re the senior director and editor, right?

LI: I helped start it, and helped it grow into the success it is now. It’s hectic – we put out a lot of video content, and streetwear culture – fashion, music, mostly hip-hop and electronic stuff. We’re close to launching a cable network, which is going to be insane. It’s a position with a lot of responsibility – I’m starting to be a major part of something that actually influences people. I’ve met some great people through KarmaloopTV. I got to interview Kelis!!! And The-Dream!!!! I loved those interviews, we got along great – Gucci Mane, not so much #SMDH.

SS: We <3 dillon="dillon" diplo="diplo" directed="directed" for="for" francis="francis" it="it" like="like" maluca="maluca" on="on" que="que" the="the" to="to" track="track" ue="ue" video="video" was="was" what="what" work="work" you="you">

LI: Diplo and I had been in touch over various music and video things – I had this secret Tumblr that he was really into. I went to stay with him in LA, and he asked if I wanted to do a video that Dillon Francis and Maluca had coming up. We shot at KarmaloopTV in NYC – it was intense, but definitely the most fun I’ve had ‘at work’. Maluca is a perfect performer. Everyone agreed to the cross-eyed thing in the video, which was so stupid wehad to do it – the idea came to me out of the ether, a little ghost whispered it in my ear…

SS: Who would you want to do guest vox on one your tracks, if you could have anyone?

LI: The real movie guy voice, to read some Hakim Bey or Terrance McKenna over a track. Or Sade, to sing about life and light and energy, and to also just talk about building new worlds HERE on EARTH.

SS: Same deal – who would you like to make a video for, if you could make it happen?

LI: I’d LOVE to make a video for Soulja Boy’s new ‘Ocean Gang’ track – maybe on some Somali pirate aesthetic 3D beach, with the Ocean Gang in their secret Internet pirate utopia… I love this “return to ocean” consciousness that’s bubbling up everywhere – cultural hive-mind at work! I’d also like to do something for Oneohtrix Point Never, in a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico.
I’ve also had this idea of a tribe of primitive people secretly living in the city, who decide to lash out at society. So, these trash-and-paint adorned tribesmen start trashing McDonalds and corner stores, running and puking and throwing fire at people. They’re shooting fireworks and jumping on cars, and when they scream it’s really loud – it can break windows and make people go deaf… but this would be for something like a hardstyle track – or maybe a LIL INTERNET track!

SS: As an artist, you’re obviously basing a lot of your identity around the Internet. Where do you think your music would be without it?

LI: A lot more annoying to make! The best thing is how freeing the Internet is – any sound I can imagine I can find in five minutes. It makes the creation process very fluid. OH BUT WHERE WOULD IT BE WITHOUT THE INTERNET??? We’d trade CD-RS, and there would be a whole underground CD-R network, and there’d be secret music trading clubs that met in physical spaces, and then there’d be certain SUPER RARE ones that people really want.

SS: Crazy. Sounds almost post-apocalyptic… #visionofthefuture?!

LI: I like the idea of underground trading rings in rare media – maybe I’ll start one. I hate elitism in music, and the dudes who are really into ‘restraint’ in electronic music. If you don’t dance, stop wasting an entire club’s space for you to stand around! They should invent a new kind of club for those people – very dark, with a lot of chairs and a really good sound system. I call people like that ELITISM JUNKIES. Everyone is a junkie for something.

SS: So what are you a junkie for?

LI: Swimming, laughing, absurdity, sunsets and the Internet – hopefully all at once. LOVE, LIFE AND LIGHT JUNKIE.

SS: Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

LI: I’m doing a video with Juicy J, fingers crossed, and I should be doing a promo video for the upcoming Crookers album, which is going to be really wild and a real product of my imagination. Remix-wise, I’m wrapping up something for the rapper Famlay of ‘Hit My Beeper’ fame. It’s cool – he’s like a REAL rapper and I’m like a REAL raver, and I’m doing a REAL remix for him lulz. Should be doing one for Pictureplane too, and stuff for Albert Redwine’s ‘Seapunk’ label, Coral Records. I’d love to curate an album for a label – or for free if someone would believe in me!

SS: I heard rumours that you’ve been having talks with Google, too…?

LI: I can’t talk about it… but you know, I aaam LIL INTERNET!

SS: So what’s next for LIL INTERNET? Can we expect an album at any point?

LI: I don’t think there’ll be an album, ‘cos then I couldn’t release stuff every couple of weeks like I want to, and that’s boring. Collect it like Pokémon! An EP maybe – I’ll probably release a double A-side single, with my sister @LILGOVERNMENT on realll soaring trance vocals, just like flying on a dream. Lil Internet is not a project – this is really me. This is my avatar, and everything I’m making is Lil Internet - I just run really fast, make stuff and don’t look back.
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