Dixon Place & Chip Kidd Present
7 Questions for Chip KiddOur marketing director, Tim Ranney, interviewed Chip Kidd for his upcoming appearance at Dixon Place! TR: What's the rundown for the show at Dixon Place?
CK: As an "opening act" to the band, I’m going to present the work of three young NYC-based cartoonists who I’ve published/soon to publish at Pantheon books (about a half an hour). Then the band will play a full set of original material, take a small break, finish up with a set of covers and other fun stuff. Then we will sacrifice a live goat. That last part is a joke, but if it gets more people into the venue we will definitely consider it. TR: Who are the special guests?
CK: Cartoonists Dash Shaw, David Heatley and Josh Neufeld. TR: How has the band changed since your last performance?
CK: We’ve gotten a LOT better and have added and extra guitarist to fill out the sound. We’ll also be debuting our new song, “Speedy”, which features two extra vocalists, aged 5 and 9. Plus the goat. TR: What's coming up in 2010 for you?
CK: Work, work, work. I’m toiling away on three books for the fall. The only one I can talk about right now is a coffee-table book on the Golden Age of Captain Marvel (Abrams). Then there’s the Batman original graphic novel I’m doing for DC Comics, but I can’t say any more than that about it for now. Also, the band will finally finish our debut full-length album, Wonderground. TR: Any new artists we should all be watching out for?
CK: The three guys I’m showcasing are all great. Dash’s book BodyWorld will be out in March and it’s amazing. TR: What's your favorite part about performing?
CK: Getting a good vibe from the audience--- there’s definitely a sort of high from playing music for people who are into it that is unique. And all the flung panties. TR: How does being a visual artist affect your music and performances?
CK: I have come to understand that music is designing with sound. That may seem sort of obvious, but to me it was a revelation. It’s a whole different manner of communication. And of course it’s more complicated than that because you’re also dealing with language, but at the end of the day I’d like to think that what Mars Trillion and I do with the music is emotional choreography. Find out more about Chip Kidd at www.chipkidd.com.
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