Pictureplane a.k.a Travis Egedy, is a 24-year-old musician based in Denver, Colo.
Epilogue: How would you describe your music?
Travis: See that’s always a hard question and I get asked that a lot. People are like “what kind of music do you make?” I’ll get a little bit more poetic for this occasion. I’d say it’s like dubbed out, dark house on fire.
What’s the conceptual idea behind your third album, Dark Rift?
“Dark rift” is the actual name for the center-most point in the Milky Way galaxy, which is our galaxy. Every 26,000 years our planet travels through the dark rift, which is a thin band of stars. There are legends and things that say when we pass through the dark rift it’s an intense change for our planet. It’s like we’re raising our levels of consciousness to extreme gravitational-like shooting star planets. That’s all kind of happening right now. It’s really interesting. I guess the album is all about that, this journey into the unknown with unexpected or unknown results. But more from a positive aspect like entering into the dark rift to cleanse the earth really.
What kind of feedback are you getting on the album?
It’s all been really great. I’m excited because I worked really hard on it and I feel like it came together really well. Like one sort of solid piece or an aesthetic whole that was there. Yeah, people seem to be pretty pumped on it. People in Denver are really happy about it too. It still amazes me that people outside of Denver know who I am or what I’m doing. And it’s really only possible with the Internet.
What’s the Denver music scene like?
The Denver music scene is huge. Denver is a very music-centered town. So many bands are here. They’re all different kinds of bands you know. I’d say that the scene I’m involved in is definitely more like the experimental, art weirdo kids just doing whatever. But it’s really supportive. Everyone is really pumped on each other’s bands. Everyone comes out to all the shows. There’s not really one style or sound here. Every band is different from each other and really unique, which is cool. Yeah, Denver is a really great support system and a great home base.
What’s it like to live in a music venue?
It’s crazy to put it simply but I love it. I’ve been living at Rhinoceropolis for like three years now and it’s pretty special. I’d say it’s changed my life defiantly for the best.
Do you get much sleep there?
Well, I was actually just napping when you called me if that’s a testament to my sleep schedule. It’s rad you know? I have the privilege to be involved with an amazing community of people who come to shows here and who are supporters of what’s going on. And I get to see some of the greatest music in America come through here and they play in my house. It’s really neat. And it’s pretty busy and kind of a selfless act. Our house is always trashed. We’re kind of just a service for the community and I really don’t mind doing it.
You started making hip-hop in high school, how have you developed your style since then? Why start with hip-hop and then move into something that’s a little more electronic?
It was really a natural and organic transition. It took years and years. You know that was a long time ago. I was really into hip-hop at that time, like indie rap. And I feel like that kind of music doesn’t really exist anymore. Through the years I lost interest in making indie hip-hop. It became very stale and just stagnant to me like nothing was happening within that genre that was appealing to me anymore. So I started experimenting more with sounds and texturing. Just playing I guess. But hip-hop has had a really big influence on me. Tomorrow I’m going to see Lil Wayne in concert.
Yeah, and fucking Soulja Boy!
And Drake right?
Yeah, my friend just played me this new Lil Wayne song about how he wants to get beat up by this hot female cop. It’s like, “beat me up girl, abuse me.” It’s all about having sex with a cop. It’s awesome.
Your mom’s a singer would you ever want to make music with her?
I have never really talked about a collab with my mom. I think that would be super cute. I am sure her being a singer was an influence on me wanting to start making music.
There’s a lot of hype about the way you dress. Does your music and art affect what you wear? Or is it the other way around?
I’d say they both equally inform each other. I was talking about my art with someone the other day. We were just talking about it as these lifestyle paintings kind of. Like these images of people I choose to paint. I guess more so, my dress informs my artwork. Like what I’m interested in fashion wise. I try to be fashion radical I guess. I just like having fun basically.
For a show I’ll craze my style up a little. A crazy outfit will help my persona. I like to give a visual aspect to my performance. I’ve done weird things like had people wearing costumes and helping me out and throwing blankets around and confetti and silly string. And all these like, ridiculous and absurd happening for my show. I’m definitely interested in fashion for sure and that comes off in the record.
Your album was reviewed on Pitchfork.com. Are you excited about that?
Yeah it is exciting. I can remember reading Pitchfork years ago and wishing that I was on it, so yeah it is exciting for sure. They have been really nice to me over there. I try to stay humble about press stuff, because it is super new for me and kind of awkward to talk about without sounding totally full of yourself. I’m just glad some positive press is allowing me to share my art and ideas with more people because that is all that matters to me really.
If you could listen to any 90s song for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
“Show Me Love" by Robin S. That song just signifies what early 90's house WAS. That feeling. Oh my god, it is one of the greatest songs ever written. And anything by Nirvana. Favorite band of all time, hands down. Nirvana changed my life forever. When I was in elementary school I realized that music is an incredibly powerful and mystical thing. When I heard Nevermind for the first time I literally froze in my tracks and stood there with my mind melted. In fourth grade I wanted to be Kurt Cobain.
Photo By Tara Chacon