live at Burt’s Tiki Lounge on August 23, 2014.
| gig magazine issue #6 |
interview & photographs by Justin Thor Simenson
This article was originally published in September 2014.
The 1960 Sci-Fi Era looks at me and says “it’s spelled Nothng Forevr, don’t screw that up”. My reply “Damn auto correct” is met with laughter and I know that this is going to be a good talk with the guys of Nothng Forevr. They are a beats collective based out of Albuquerque consisting of musicians; Reighnbeau, BK Beats, Nathan New, and The 1960 Sci-Fi Era. Along with the musicians there is live visual artist Ethnograph, graphic designer James Swagerty, and promoter Solve Maxwell. I sat down with them for a beer on Tractor Brewery’s Nob Hill patio a few days after their show. I wanted to find out who they where and why they were performing as a collective.
The term collective when referring to musicians can be alien to many here in Albuquerque. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant in music terms myself. I have heard of artist collectives, but how does that apply to the music scene? BK Beats said “We are all individual artist that have been playing shows around Albuquerque for the past few years. Reighnbeau and I were playing together and then I played a show with The 1960 Sci-Fi Era. After that he approached me with this idea.” The 1960 Sci-Fi Era continues “Yeah, Solve and I had talked about forming a collective and I mentioned it to BK Beats. Before I knew it we had everyone on board. James started designing fliers, and Ethnograph was creating some awesome live visuals.”
Nathan New elaborates “The electronic scene often gets lumped in with DJs and we want to break away from that. We want to create shows that convey who we are as musicians.” Reighnbeau added “I feel that Albuquerque is hungry for this and we want to feed them. We’re like an all you can eat shrimp buffet.” Laughter fills the air. The laughter fades as the waitress takes orders for the second round. The conversation slips into a discussion about their upcoming shows. “I’ll be playing on Saturday night at Sister.. Ethnograph you’re going to do visuals right?” BK Beats says as he sips his beer. Ethnograph replies “Yeah I’ll be there. Reighnbeau, you have a show in Taos on Saturday too right?” Reighnbeau nods.
I take the break in the conversation to ask “How do you guys see the collective evolving? Do you plan to do an album together as Nothng Forevr?” The 1960 Sci-Fi Era answers “Not an album, maybe a mix tape. We are our own artists, the collective allows us to book shows that are well rounded.” BK Beats explains “Say I get offered a show and I mention it to the other guys to see what they think of it. If they are like ‘eh’ then I know it is probably something I should pass on. On the other side, if I book a show I know Ethnograph can do visuals if he is available and one of the other guys can do a set if needed. Then Solve starts promoting it and James puts together a flyer.” I reply “It sounds to me that it is like having a record label or manager.” They all nod. The conversation drifts after that as the second round is finished off.
I like to find a takeaway from my interviews and as I drove home all I could think is ‘Albuquerque is in for some crazy shit! These guys have their act together and are ready to bring their vision to the masses.’