After a slight hiatus, we are happy to present the 24th edition of our ASTROCAST series with a new mix courtesy of kuxxan SUUM. Besides producing his own unique form of free-jazz inspired bass music, he’s is also responsible for co-operating the free-label End Fence, which has released music by Doctor Jeep, Archie Pelago, as well as kuxxan SUUM himself.
In addition to providing a wonderful mix, SUUM was the guinea pig for our supplemental interview which we will conduct from now on with every ASTROCAST. As we did here, we will aim to ask five unique questions to each contributor to find out a little more about their philosophies and the inspiration for their mix.
AN: Endfence has grown into a mighty net label. What hopes and fears and plans do you have for its future?
KS: Very kind of you to say! Arkady (aka Your Move and end fence co-founder) and I hope to be publishing and promoting free music for as long as our aesthetic and the art we like to promote is relevant. Right now we have a few releases planned, but we’re taking our time with them — see how the “market” shifts around us. We fear nothing.
AN: Your name and your music are informed by Mayan philosophy and religion. What’s your feeling on this new popular eschatology in America that has people scared of the end of the Mayan calendar? Do know of any other elements of Mayan culture that you think people ought to know about and ponder rather than the ones the current spectacle is digging up and glossing over?
KS: I’m definitely not a scholar of Mayan history or theology. Nor do I get into that whole hippy/crystal/astral-birthday side of it. To me, the mathematics, “art,” technological advances and mysterious disappearance are what interest and inspire me. What I can say confidently is that the Mayan calendar does not expire, it is cyclical. Regenerative. At some point in the next few years, I believe that we’ll be exposed to some different kinds of celestial radiation, but as far as apocalyptic events go – that’s all up to the people with weapons and agenda. The Mayan calendar has been completely misunderstood by westerners who don’t understand life as cyclical, but as linear. Honestly, I don’t think I get it either.
AN: What if it turns out The End actually is immanent? What three songs would you listen to before being obliterated and why?
KS: I think I’d wanna be charged up for the end…better for the long trip to wherever else…So….
Melt Banana – “Flash cube, Or Eyeball”
Current Value – “Tektonic”
JOGYO – “Thundacat”
AN: Brooklyn living: give us one high and one low.
KS: I live in southwest BK, Sunset Park, these days. There’s great tacos in my hood. But very far from the belly of the beast, (ie. Willyburg/Bushwick/Greenpoint) where there are many shows I like to go to. So yeah.
AN: What is this mix you’ve given us?
KS: It’s a mix of some unreleased jams of mine, some oldies, some newbies…I don’t really consider myself a DJ, but doing mixes is really fun, it gives me a chance to see how my tunes sound in a continuous-mix-context alongside some favorites. It also gives me an opportunity to drop heat by my peers (ie. Jogyo, Archie Pelago, De Qualia, Mood Tattooed). Notice the Mood Tattooed track towards the end…this kid is not fucking around. Mood Tattooed. Google that.
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