THE MUSIC: Imagine one of those late-night rock and roll after-parties of legend that you've read about in tell-alls of huge bands with huger reputations. Now picture what happens when opposites attract: Metallica, Rush and Nine Inch Nails get it on with The Beatles, Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, and Pink Floyd. If no one in this orgy of sound was using protection (and let's face it, no one was), the love-child might sound something like 'Art Obscene' by Prisoner of Television. In other words: 1) Start with the foundation: Heavy, loud, aggressive guitars. There's the Metal. 2) Add some flavor: Longer intros, instrumental middle sections, odd meters, and some muscial weirdness. There's the Prog Rock. 3) Build layers: Sounds, noises, electronics, things that aren't even instruments. There's the Industrial. 4) Balance out the aggression: Acoustic guitars, keyboard textures and a soaring chorus or two. There's the acoustic/psychedellic rock. 5) Write a decent song: There's the pop and classic rock. If that still seems like too many influences, keep in mind the many things it DOESN'T sound like: Country Club/Dance Southern Rock 80's Hair Metal Boy Bands Pop Divas Weezer American Idol winners and/or runner ups Bluegrass Gregorian Chants Irish Jigs No offense to any of those genres. It just doesn't sound like them. THE ARTIST: Prisoner of Television is a band the way Bright Eyes, The Streets and (of course) Nine Inch Nails are 'bands': That is, one guy as a one-man-production. When recording, I adopt the philosophy of The Beatles when they recorded 'Sgt Pepper': I don't worry about what can be played live. I enjoy making recordings that do more than document a musician playing a song. I like recordings to stand alone as their own works, just like a painting is the work that represents an artist's ideas, and a movie is the work that represents the script and story. So I spend a lot of time editing, overdubbing, experimenting, tweaking,... basically, building a song the way a filmmaker edits together the elements of a movie. Except there's no picture and my songs aren't 2 hours long. But you get the idea. Each of the artists mentioned above has contributed something specific to what Prisoner of Television is about. Whether their sounds combine to produce something truly unique is up to the listener. But one thing I know for sure: First and foremost, I am a fan. I love when these artists, and the artists they've spawned, kick your ass, pull out your heart, build the drama, tickle your brain, move your body, make you drive fast... and I get so disappointed -- way more disappointed than an adult man with real-world problems should get -- when they, or any other artist I have high hopes for, fall short of that. So if I was going to make music of my own, I wanted to make music that wouldn't disappoint me.
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