We sent all the performers of the 2016 Classic City Fringe Festival the same 7 Questions. We wanted a deeper look into who they are, their goals, what inspires them, and what all lead them to performing at this years festival. Here’s what Colin Lacativa had to say:
7 Questions: Colin Lacativa
Q: Why do you identify as a “fringe” artist?
A: I’m always trying to do something new with my music. Exploring new sounds and attempting to be innovative can be challenging, but when you listen to as much music as I do, you know very quickly what not to do. And that always puts what I’m trying to do in perspective.
Q: What big goal do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?
A: I’ve been making music for over 20 years now, my bandcamp page (sabotagesound.bandcamp.com) has over 80 releases published under various pseudonyms, spanning multiple genres, all free downloads btw. I hope to double that within that time, as well, I would like to facilitate releases for other artists to help them find an audience.
Q: How do events like the Fringe Festival help you as a fringe artist/performer?
A: I’ve only recently began performing live, and it has been enlightening to say the least. Especially with the DE-STAR project, because everything I do is improvised it has challenged me to make things as unique and interesting for an audience as possible. I’ll be performing three sets for the fest, and they will all be unique experiences.
Q: How is an event like the Fringe Festival good for the community?
A: It is great for artists trying to do something different to have a showcase like this where audiences who normally wouldn’t go to a noise/experimental show can see how much there is beyond the comfort zones of more recognized, structurally appealing genres. And in my experience, seeing these kind of artists live and in your face always leaves an impression. Even if they don’t like it, it is generally unforgettable.
Q: What Inspires you?
A: I’m constantly listening to music of all kinds; electronic, experimental, metal, hip-hop, jazz, classical, punk, film scores, etc. I’m very proud of the path I’ve taken as a musician, and I see it as being part of a grand artistic tradition that I have a responsibility to uphold and contribute to in my own way every chance I can. That keeps me going and always hungry.
Q: What lead you to choose to perform the piece you will be doing?
A: Like I said earlier, all three of my performances will be completely unique and improvised. I don’t plan as much as program. My method is essentially a process of devising a set of sounds that will compliment each other so that when I start playing, anything is possible.
Q: What was your first experience being a performer?
A: It wasn’t that long ago. Late June, I was invited to close the 4th Battery Powered Noise Fest at Joker Joker Gallery. I spent several weeks preparing my set, even rehearing, and in the end it worked out better than I could have expected. Crowd dug what I did, and beyond some audio hiccups due to the battery powered amp I borrowed from another performer running low on juice, I made the most of it. I’ve learned a lot since then, and I’m more than ready to give CCFF my all.