Q&A with Dylan Tidyman-Jones
Where is the name ‘FRONDS’ from?
It’s a bifurcated leaf-structure common to palm trees, ferns, and seaweed. I picture a stem as the center of consciousness and leaves as stereo audio information being fed into a skull. I also like the look of the word and its associative blankness.
Where are you from?
I’m from Fresno, California originally, lived in New York in the oughts, been in San Francisco about 7 years.
When did you start making music?
I started playing the trumpet when I was 9, guitar when I was 12.
What’s your favorite place to write music?
Anywhere will do, but usually at the desk in my bedroom. Sometimes inchoate ideas come to me when I’m walking around the city or the woods.
How much time did you set aside to work on ‘Cold Across My Skin’ LP?
The songs were all written in 2015, recorded in the late fall of that year, and mixed in 2016 with my friend Rob Jackson. It took a long time to mix because he lives an hour to the north of me, and it was hard to find a time when we were both free.
What music do you like to listen / favourite artists or bands and influences?
Lately I listen mostly to instrumental music, drone, ambient, soundtracks, krautrock – background music for when I’m reading – perennial favorites like Terry Riley, Popol Vuh, Alice Coltrane, Eno, Miles Davis, Artemiev’s scores for Tarkovsky’s movies, new-ish electronic music like Holy Other, HTRK, Dean Blunt, Yves Tumor, Jenny Hval, Holly Herndon, and classic dream pop, Cocteau Twins, Julee Cruise, etc.
The last band/singer that you discovered, loved and in your opinion, people should listen to him/her/them
Some of the above-mentioned. Also, Shannon Lay’s ‘All This Life Goin Down’ is really good.
Name one thing that you REALLY hate / hate to do
Well, the current administration in the U.S. is a complete nightmare.
What are you most proud of so far in terms of your music career?
I’m pleased with the new record and excited about the next one, which I’m almost done tracking.
Tell a funny/sad/touching/motivating/whatever story from your life as a musician
I’m honestly not sure what to say! My musical practice has mostly been so isolated. The drama is all in my head.
Cold Across My Skin
Gold Robot Records
28 July 2017
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