Next week, Keep Sleeping, the new cassette from Brooklyn-via-Florida based psych band Worthless will see its release on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. For those who don’t know, Worthless is the project of Curtis Godino, who’s name you may recall from the liquid light team Drippy Eye Projections, our previous show posters, or even the design of our latest sticker. We’re completely enamored with Curtis’ work, and his musical output is no different. After the jump, you can read our conversation with Curtis where he discusses the connections between his visual and aural art as well as the stories behind Worthless and Drippy Eye. You can also hear the stoned-out single off Keep Sleeping, entitled “Here Comes The Sun.”
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Q&A With Curtis Godino of Worthless
How long has Worthless existed and how did the project first start?
Worthless has existed for maybe a year now. The lo-fi DIY project got started when our band wasn’t working 2 summers ago. There was still so much music so we decided to just record everything ourselves and then it just kinda stuck like that. Since then, we have all been in different States so that is pretty much the only way we can release music.
Who are the members involved in the project?
Right now it’s Skyler Toski and I writing all the music; Nicole Zamfes plays the organ; Camden Margoles played drums on the first release; and we just started playing with Annique Johnson who sings and plays a variety of sounds. I’m getting really into collaborating with anyone who comes over, the new songs have been turning out really fun that way.
We are also in the process of getting a physical band together. It’s hard because as of now I’m the only one in New York and the rest are in Florida. But in the next few months everyone is moving up here so we are gonna try to play some shows but until then we will keep pumping out our bedroom tunes.
Describe your musical background in terms of playing and listening.
I’ve played guitar since I was a kid but never really learned it technically. Early in high school I played in a punk band called Retro Kink then as my taste for music started to evolve I started a space rock band called Celestial Sound, I think both of those bands influenced the way I play music now.
While playing in a band with more drawn out, atmospheric songs I got really into my tone and range of effects. Like with the light show, it’s nice having a large arsenal to work with so when you have the impulse to make a specific sound or effect you can quickly manipulate the tools you have. But I was always into music I started collecting punk records in middle school, then in high school I got way more into stoner metal and psych.
You also midnight as a liquid light artist. What inspired you to get into that?
I got into that the saw way I have gotten into everything in my life, by being curious. When I first saw liquid light shows in old Syd Barret videos I was perplexed. I didn’t know where to start to figure out how the images I was seeing were being made. So I just started testing different things, asking around and before I knew it I got the hang of it and what I think to be my own look to it.
Getting into it was all the fun, it was like falling in love. Every second is magic. Every time I tested a new successful combination was the best feeling. I would bring people over after school and show them what I was doing and they all urged me to to take it out of my room.
How did you get involved with the folks at austin psych fest?
We sent them a few emails before psych fest 5 and I think they dug it.
Tell us about your approach to liquid light projection. What are you doing differently?
Well we take an analog approach, we don’t use any computers ( in few cases we use an LCD projector since analog sometimes isn’t bright enough for shows). But we use all the classic equipment, overheads, slides, wheel projectors, clockfaces, dyed oil, oil wheels, home made contraptions, color wheels…our arsenal is endless. But we have our own touch to it, everyone who does it adds their own touch to it. Whats interesting about this type of art is that it doesnt exist, you cant go somewhere and buy anything specifically for it (except oil wheels which are not to popular in the US). But you have to experiment because no ones selling you a kit. I got really into experimenting in highschool, I spent I don’t even know how many hours alone in my room testing every liquid, dye, piece of glass, I could find. Thats why people have their secrets about it, if not you could just go to the store and buy what they told you and get the exact same results. This kind of art is about making a mess then learning how to control that mess.
Being a visual artist and a musician, how do you combine the worlds of visual and musical art?
I mean it’s all the same just different mediums, sometimes I feel like playing a guitar sometimes I feel like playing with projectors. To me they’re all the same world, the lights keep the music going the music keeps the lights going.
Do you hear in color and see in sound?
I control the colors and feel the sounds.
How did you get involved with BBIB records? Tell us about the new cassette.
I got inolved with BBiB from going to a record club, which was one of the raddest things I’ve experienced in NY. I spent a lot of time in my room recording in the winter becasue it was to cold to go outside. This tape is a lot different than our first release because this one I worked mostly on alone, where the other one was more of a group effort. I feel like the songs got a bit shorter and faster due to us not being able to jam, playing together brought out those journey type songs. Alone it’s a much different way of putting songs together. But overall I’m really happy with the way it came out.
What do you foresee along the road for Worthless, as well as Drippy Eye?
I’m putting out another tape fairly soon, once all the songs are done. We will hopefully start playing shows in the next few months.
For Drippy Eye we are working on a 16mm film release and we’re also thinking about doing something with Mike Newman thats like record club but with a full on light show, which would be so rad. We will be around, just keep an eye out.