The Warehouse Project: You’ve been touring recently for your new album The Way We Live and your LED installation the ‘Introspectacular’. How’s that been so far?
Deniz Kurtel: Great, yeah it’s been a long album tour, although the album was delayed a few times because I wanted to make a special lenticular 3D cover for the CDs and the LPs and that took forever, and there were some issues with it, etc...
I’m also a LED artist and I made the ‘Introspectacular’ LED installation for the US road tour and I installed it inside a trailer and we drove it across the country in April and I took a bunch of photos of the lights changing — me and Zev (from Wolf+Lamb) designed a lenticular cover with these images where you see the colours changing, like the real sequence. It’s very cool.
WHP: That is super cool... bringing back that whole ‘album artwork’ type of vibe, like super special collector type stuff.
DK: Yes! It’s a lot of effort and money, but I thought it’s not like we make so much money from record sales anyway, so we might as well make it really special.
WHP: You ended up working with LED through your connection with the ‘Marcy All-Stars’, is that right?
DK: Yes, I met Zev and Gadi back in 2005. They had just moved in to the Marcy, I guess it was some sort of a house warming party and then we became very close, went to Burning Man together, started living together and I started making LED installations for their parties.
WHP: Amazing... Burning Man has a lot to answer for right?
DK: Yeah for sure, that’s how I got into the LEDs actually. Zev bought some to use out there and didn’t end up using them, so he gave them to me and that’s how I started. Then a few years after, I started making music and that developed very fast much more intense than the LEDs, but I still love to do both.