Introduce yourself? Preferred pronouns? Where do you currently reside? 1 fun fact about yourself?
My name’s Carly Barton > generally androgynous and fine with they or she > Portland, OR > I beat The Binding of Isaac (1000000%)—possibly my greatest achievement.
How is everything going with you right now?
I’d love to submit a research paper for this answer, but the succinct version is that I’ve been struggling to navigate through some rough circumstances health-wise. I’ve been disabled with very limited mobility + suffering from chronic pain for the last year and that’s pretty much been my day-to-day. I’m a notorious workaholic, so not being able to produce at my usual productivity level has been beyond frustrating to say the least. So…¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Other than that, I have the most wonderful partner in the world and some exciting opportunities that I’m dying to dive into if/when I get better.
Favorite musical memory in deep description?
Tough question. I had the extreme privilege of witnessing a solo multimedia performance by Takako Minekawa at Nationale—an art space in Portland, OR (courtesy of tone poem). Minekawa is an experienced composer, but I did not expect such an ethereal creature. It was so dialed, naked, honest, revealing, and expertly crafted. It’s like she was capturing magic out of thin air. It felt like everyone in attendance was sharing a buzzing electricity, hyper aware of how fragile the room was—like it was breathing. You could sense that everyone was having their own internal journey, as she demanded you to. Afterward, I went across the street with my friend and we probably talked about it for at least an hour; this was before lockdown, but honestly, I still feel like I’m processing it—very dreamy indeed.
Favorite thing to cook currently?
I made the most fucked up chicken pot pies over lockdown, but not really a summer dish. Lengthy recipe though—email me if you want it (email@example.com)
Most underrated artist of 2020?
I barely listened to any music (especially new music) in 2020 so I feel like I can’t really answer this properly since I didn’t dig much.
Any advice to upcoming producers/djs?
Wooooof. Hmm. I really do have a lot of thoughts on this, maybe the biggest thing is these things take TIME and practice, you’re not gonna be good if you don’t do the work—there are no shortcuts to finding your own voice or becoming skilled. Don’t make excuses and don’t limit yourself to what other people are doing. It’s good if it’s honest. You’re also never done, you’ll always get better, so don’t be upset if you fuck up or don’t like it or it feels unfinished. ALSO, nice gear doesn’t mean shit; I always liken it to visual artists—yes, it’s very nice to have expensive oil paints to command as you wish, but you can still make something beautiful with a pencil on printer paper.
And most importantly, do it because you love it.
What would you like to see in the future for the dance community?
I've obviously been thinking a lot about disability, and I hope to see that become more normal in venues. You always see people with canes/in wheelchairs your whole life and empathize, but it becomes so noticeable/in your face once that becomes your everyday. And besides what I’ve seen most people discuss about dancefloor politics, I’d like to see sincere/open conversations about expectations and intentions become the standard. It is 1000% not okay to demonize people, specifically POC + women, for expecting certain needs to be met regarding inclusion, accessibility, payment, harassment, etc. It’s very hard for “SEE something SAY something” to work if nobody believes you or does anything about it…like, obviously no one’s gonna feel seen or protected when they put themselves in a vulnerable position only to be completely ignored or shit on. P.L.U.R.?!!? It’s a pretty simple concept.
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