Interview with Prince Rama

Prince Rama has staked out a booth in all the best Shoney’s by touring incessantly, dealing with the hard spins of the bitch Fortuna, and rapping  the good times of a being a second world band operating in the third world USA.

Taraka of Prince Rama is no director of entertainment on a cruise ship.

What are the names of everyone in the band?
At the moment, live setup is Taraka Larson and Nimai Larson, but Michael Collins has played a huge role as well.

What do you know:


How do you know it:

I don’t

Where are you from:


Where are you now:


In the light of recent changes in the stability of things as we know them, what are your resolutions:

stop. drop. and roll.

How long have you been at it:

almost a year

What got you started:

losing everything

How did you learn how to do it:


What else do you do:

night driving

How do you keep it together:

drums and bass

What are you reading:

utopian architecture and tween vampire novels

What comedy and/or comedians are you into:

my friends and bad weather

What are you listening to, lately:

elvis, italo disco, alphaville, amen dunes, amon duul, bollywood, yma sumac, selda, 4 minute pop songs skrewwed down to 20 minute drone meditations

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

falling in love

Worked any fucked-up jobs? Do tell:

I worked as an apprentice for 4 years for Paul Laffoley, who also refers to himself as a “visionary artist”, “founder of the bauharoque”, and “architect of utopia”. Job descriptions include: repainting utopian diagrams, sanding down models of atlantis, coloring in the chakras of living plant houses, building radionic boxes, answering emails from the International Brotherhood of Psychokinesis and the Canadian Society of Elves and baking molasses cookies.

Played any fucked-up shows:

Why yes.

Thought control or body control?

same thing.

‘End of days’ or ‘beginning to see the light?’
same thing.
The middleman is ascendant, how can one hold one’s head up in such an era?
eyes skyward, jaw dropped.
Tell us your wildest story from touring last year:
It would probably have to involve our visit to graceland too, the world’s largest makeshift elvis museum and shrine that’s open 24/7. In reality it is the house of Paul McLeod, a man who drinks 24 cokes a day and believes himself to be deep south pot-bellied reincarnation of the king himself. We were playing a show in Taylor, Mississippi and after the show we caravanned over there around 3am and got a full on tour by Mr. Mcleod in between chugging of coke cans and randomly whipping out shotguns concealed beneath his camo jacket (“just to make sure we were paying attention”, he would say). The tour included, but was not limited to: 75,000 secret vhs tapes of elvis confessing his sins, a photograph of a UFO elvis claimed to have seen right before he died, a photograph of elvis ecto floating around in graceland days after his death, an electric chair, six coffins tailored for midgets, a karaoke machine which only played heartbreak hotel ad infinitum, 500 secret letters between elvis and the nazi regime, rudolf the rednose reindeer’s severed taxidermied head mounted on a kitchen chair, etc…


With whom, if anyone, do you roll:

20th century zombies

Where are you headed:


Where is the rest of it headed:


What can you do about it:

Throw some reverb on that shit.

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

Risk takers and selfless givers. Too many to name. Someone saves our lives everyday.

People to look for:

pop icons of 2013

Prince Rama Om Namo Shivaya(2010)

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

Now: working on a 15 Minute Exorcise piece. Shamanic trance rituals disguised as workout routines. The gym as a utopian environment for metaphysical transformation. The body as a vehicle for demonic alchemy. Set to phat beats.

Future: another full length next fall. 100% love songs.

Distant futures:

amber records buried underground.

Anything else you want to pass on:

just positive vibes.
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