Electric company: King Britt

Leading up to the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, we’re running a series of Q+A interviews with the festival’s artists.

King Britt, DJ and producer:

Xpress: If you were attending Mountain Oasis as a fan, what acts would be at the top of your list to see?
King Britt: Actress, Laurel Halo, Tara Busch and Deltron 3000… amazing!

What are some themes or narratives you’ve been working with recently in your music? Well, with Fhloston Paradigm, I have been focusing on the combination of analog electronic music and operatic vocals.  Working with Pia Ercole on many of the songs has taken the album to a whole next level, sonically and emotionally. Our presentation for Mountain Oasis will include my friend Mike Todd on visuals, who has amazing knowledge and balance between technology and human-ness. The album is a post apocolyptic sonic narrative but with a lot of hope.

What sounds, styles, formats or concepts are still under-represented in electronic music? I feel that with the readily-available technology that everyone has, so many new forms and hybrids are being developed as we speak. I think all styles and formats are available to those who seek it. As far as under-represented, it’s getting better. I mean, this festival’s line up is pretty insane! So it’s all starting to fall into place.

Since it’s almost Halloween, do you have a favorite spooky song? My favorite spooky song is Waves Become Wings by This Mortal Coil. Eerily beautiful!

If you could collaborate with any other Mountain Oasis artist, who would it be and why? Actress. I feel we are totally on the same sonic wavelength.  

King Britt performs Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Complete festival info here.

Photo by Atuanya Priester

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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