Frank Fairfield performed American vernacular music professionally for several years, eventually realizing how mentally unfit he was for that profession. He quit the music racket and joined a crew of unlicensed construction workers servicing a hand full of unusual small museums and theater in Los Angeles. That led him to the The Yard Theater, where he now currently resides and helps run with his friend John Ennis. He still plays music, practicing the violin everyday for his own edification and occasionally performing with friends like Meredith Axelrod and The Temple Street Stringband.
Frank Fairfield on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S09.E09 – November 4, 2018
Immense amounts of wonder and power are often found tucked away in the most dark and unpredictable parts of the ocean. In much the same way, immense amounts of wonder and power can be found throughout Brooklyn, NY solo artist Oceantor’s work– even in the most dark and unpredictable moments.
Elise Okusami has been a musician since the tender age of 9 years old when she first learned to play guitar. Her current force of nature quality is clearly inspired by a lifelong intense passion for music. In the 4th grade, soon after learning guitar, Okusami started her first band with her brother and a few friends. She hasn’t slowed since then, also having drummed for multiple projects in New York. As she eventually grew into her solo musical endeavor, Oceanator, Okusami has exemplified the sheer power of her project’s namesake through and through.
The influence of her upbringing in 90’s grunge and punk is evident in Okusami’s introspective songwriting. This thoughtful lyricism is put into practice through brooding post-rock ballads like “Coming Home” and “Tell Me” and intense yet danceable synthy indie tracks like “Not Around.” Additionally, Okusami can often be heard engaging with some of the most deeply moving and existential questions of life in her work. A prime example of such a question would be ‘What does it mean to be human?’, which can be heard being contemplated in “Inhuman.” While there surely is a range to Oceanator’s stylistic approaches from song to song, the tremendous powerhouse nature of the project is felt consistently throughout each and every song on Lows. (bio by Delaney Motter)
Oceanator on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S09.E05 – October 7, 2018