A Conversational Interview with Tensor
CKP: Cool! Let's see how this goes. So...what were your favorite bands growing up, top 10?
Tensor: Ohh man, that is always a difficult question to answer since there were so many conscious and subconscious influences everywhere. I think metal is really where I paid attention to music for the first time. So I would say Metallica (yes, the really realllly old stuff) and Burzum were the first few bands where I really got into music. But then, obviously, I listened to a lot of Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Placebo, Pink Floyd, Led Zep, etc., the typical idiotic angst ridden kid playlist really lol. That is 7. Let me think of 3 more. I am sure I
am forgetting some major ones.
CKP: Wow, that is really interesting, didn't
Tensor: Haha, yeah man, metal is pretty
much still what I listen to the most. It's just
I have found a way to exist and function
better in jazz. Ohh, and it would be an insult
not to add Tool to that list. Some of their
work is still a huge influence on my other
CKP: Wow! That is really interesting!
Why do you exist and function better in
Tensor: I think it's because there is more freedom in jazz. There is a lot you can do with experimental music in general, but jazz is a completely different set of tools and a more fluid state of mind. I grew up finding jazz pretty boring and linear but when I actually got into music theory and realized what was going on, it completely changed my perspective. Any other genre has rules, and, therefore, limits. Jazz taught me how to take any emotion at all and make it groovy. And that was only a few years ago. I would say 4 at the most. That's when jazz took over absolutely everything in my life and just changed the way I look at art completely
CKP: Fresh! You know I love Jaz, What jazz albums influenced you the most?
Tensor: Ohh definitely man! I would say anything from the Bill Evans or the Mingus oeuvre always hit very hard with me. But one of the reasons I found jazz so interesting was the live improv aspect of it. So I would say performances got me hooked a lot more than specific albums. For instance, Bill Evans' live 365 performance or Mingus' collective shows in Norway and Sweden in 64 were some of the most powerful jazz I had ever heard. Subsequently I found much more from both of their work and even better shows, not to mention the likes of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea playing in Tokyo. Ahhh There is so much, man.
CKP: Oh word! Fresh, you were watching performances! Nice, on video i am sure, unless you figured out
time travel. Really interesting, so what brought you to hip hop then?
Tensor: Ohh...this is much later actually. This
is what I was saying, after I found out
about jazz around 4-5 years ago. Before that
it was all just metal albums, haha, and I would
say actually Jazz brought me to hip hop. I was
working on some experimental beat work for
my other band, RftD, for a while but that was
coming from a non jazz/ non hip hop point of
view. Eventually I went with Tensor as a solo
act so I can explore hip hop and jazz a lot
more on my own
CKP: Very cool man! What do you see as the
future of Tensor's sound?
Tensor: I hope more collabs and more writing albums man. I have one coming out pretty soon titled, "Of Melancholic Malcontent," but that is just the immediate future, lol.