Ten Cent Toys: Infidel Interview #41


First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about both of you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, what instruments you can play, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Both of me? I am plural now. Just wait until my ego complex gets a hold of this information. Ten Cent Toys is me basically. The female voice is the amazing talent and beauty known as Katt Hanneman. Our programmer is Alec Welch and one of my best mates. Our recorded works include the brilliant musical talents of Benjahmin Zero, Travis Lee, and Kyle Kaos. But Ten Cent Toys is just me for now. I can and have performed many instruments live and recorded countless more. Guitar, bass, drums, piano, synths, vocals, and just about anything I can get my hands on. I currently live in Tampa, Florida. I am from Waterbury, Connecticut.

What drew you to create alternative electronic music in the first place? Did the local scene influence you, or did you discover the music on your own? What are some of the artists that influenced you the most during the beginning of your musical journey?

Back in 1997 I was watching mtv, back when they still played music and I heard this band called savage garden and I loved their style. It was very genuine compared to everything else I had heard. While I loved so many obvious band we all liked I always wanted to be the dirtier, kinkier, savage garden to be completely honest.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output? What would you say would be you short term, and long term, goals for your artistic self?

Always working on testing new ideas. I don't like repeating myself. I adapt and evolve. I want to push being unique even when everyone else is bored I try to keep things interesting for myself.

When it comes to sound design, would you consider yourself a nitty gritty guy who starts with an init patch. Or do you like to find a good preset as a starting point? Or do you use both methods freely?

I usually will listen to the world and make sounds that make me feel something. Music that doesn't inspire an emotion isn't honest to it's artist. I just kinda make music. The method varies but it always means something to me. I delete more music than I will ever release.

When you make music are you primarily a hardware or software oriented musician? Or do you do a fusion of both? Are there any particular instruments, programs, or effects that you would say are vital to you making music?

I love mixing it up when writing. Discovering new sounds and altering them. Both software and hardware and running them through each other's effects and pushing new ideas. I don't like feeling like I am hindered to a limiter.

If you could collaborate with any other musician in the scene, who would it be with and why?

DanielGraves aand Tim Skold, mainly because I look like their bastard love child and I would call the song, "Bastard's Butt Baby."

How would you say your music has evolved sonically throughout your musical career?

Pretty shitty I would imagine but I don't like to think of the past and about evolving. Just doing the thing. I like to express my musical feelings very much in the moment and as raw as possible. I don't try to over produce or push a sound beyond my happiness with it. I simply hear what sonically makes me feel an emotion. When my music sounds like everyone else's I w