RESIDENCY: Happy hour on Wednesdays at the Baltic Room, 6-9 pm.
So the name?
"I guess I came up with it in an altered state, and I found everything under the circumstances to be very tactile."
Why does shoegazer/dream-pop stuff make good happy-hour music?
"It's very washed out--you don't have to pay attention to the lyrics. It's just very floaty, it kind of eases you in. It's electric, it's guitar, but it's still mellow."
Do you ever space out during your own sets?
"Yeah. I try to layer the songs over on top of one another, because with the drone aspects, I think you can get more substance from the layering of it. A lot of people think because you use CDs you're not legit, but as long as you can do something more than just play one song after the other, I think that's something."
Do you think you're reaching people who may not go see psychedelic/space-rock shows, but can get into it at a relaxed setting?
"Oh, definitely. I notice so many people, these kids who look like they're more into dance-music culture, carrying a skateboard--but old enough to get into the Baltic obviously. I get that a lot, people from the Ally McBeal crowd who come to the Baltic Room for happy hour, and maybe they recognize some old-school stuff like Cocteau Twins, but come up and ask, 'Is this Slowdive?' I'm always amazed that people actually know that stuff."
How far back do you go with your records?
"I do tend to go for the roots of things in my sets. Like I can play something by the Beatles, and then play another song, and you can hear how they directly ripped it off. I like to do it so people can hear the evolution."