Interview with MAZING VIDS

You throw a stick, chances are you won’t hit Mazing Vids  (New York.) They elusive that way.

Where are you from:

R. Crypt-end:  New York, by way of Ontario, or reverse that.

C.R. Sovereign: Michigan, by way of northern Florida.

Where are you now:

New York & The Zone.

How long have you been at it:

c. 8 years, with interruptions.

What got you started:

Love of music. Enough cash to buy a couple of synths and a drum machine. 3-minute jam through stereo speakers while waiting for something else to happen.

What else do you do:

C.R. Sovereign: Design knots.

R. Crypt-end: I engage in a discipline comprising aspects of mail art and mail bombs without really being either. But mostly I walk…

How do you keep it together:

It (the ensemble of sounds & its appurtenances) self-propels, it seems. While our meat hangs on for dear life.

What are you reading:

C.R. Sovereign: Daniel Cohn-Bendit.

R. Crypt-end: Spy novels, like Eric Ambler, and, as always, the clairvoyant-style poetry of Hannah Weiner.

C.R. Sovereign: That makes you sound paranoid, man.

R. Crypt-end: Paranoia is a kind of love.

C.R. Sovereign: I’d say.

What comedy and/or comedians are you into:

R. C.r.ypt-end: Is this obvious? Alan Partridge, this has been the case for a while. I was thinking about this Rodney Dangerfield monologue the other day when I was in the grocery store.

C.R. Sovereign: I like John Candy doing Orson Welles on The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour.


R. C.r.ypt-end: Das Ding, Jeunesse d’Ivoire, Andi Arroganti, Ankles. Cod-reggae. Mayday. Heaven 17. Further Reductions. Bengt Berger Bitter Funeral Beer LP, Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat. Dzeltenie Pastnieki. SSPS.

C.R. Sovereign: Canadian sound poetry. And the Swell Maps.

What art, if any, you seen worth talking about:

R. C.r.ypt-end: Uh, nothing new recently. I’ve been feeling kind of abecedarian lately, I hear that’s going around? So I’ve been digging Joan La Barbara’s alphabet videos…

Worked any fucked-up jobs? Do tell:

Wage-labor, it’s toil just talking about it.

Played any fucked-up shows:

They’re all fucked up.

With whom, if anyone, do you roll:

R. Crypt-end: Do we roll with anyone?

C.R. Sovereign: We roll by, and around.

Where are you headed: Up the stairs.

Where is the rest of it headed: By intermittently halting elevator, also wherever the penthouse is.

What can you do about it: Run!

Are there any people you’d like to mention who’ve helped you work it out:

It seems like it would be only after we had worked it out that we could answer this question.

People to look for:

See above.

People to look out for, because they are bad news:

Considering the beam in mine own eye, as they say.

Anything you have in the works, on the ready, or on the horizon:

EP in the works, with some songs we are of late performing live. Drastic Mirth mini-LP out now, go to your local Internet and demand it!

Anything else you want to pass on:

Stay minatory.

Mazing Vids on the internet at:

A video of Mazing Vids performing at the Wierd Records party in Manhattan can be found at:

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