This Saturday, CATCH WRECK affiliates Con Solo and Coby Aships will be performing live beats to round out the second half of a DJ-centric weekend in Union South. Con Solo, for those that know him on Facebook, also goes by the name ‘Brandeaux Calrissian’. Between his spacey sound, an apparent affinity for Star Wars, and an overall mysterious aura, I decided to invite Solo to answer some questions about his music and to get his opinions on arguably the best film series of all time.
Please state your birth name for the record:
Brandon Le Andrew Washington.
Do you identify more closely with Lando Calrissian or Han Solo?
I’d like to think they’re both two aspects of a singular, baller entity.
A Yin and Yang type-thing, or something else?
Like the sun and the moon, occupying the same space, separately. In a state of calm, I lean towards Calrissian in my attempts to always keep a level head. When I perform, more so in favor of Solo. There’s a necessary bravado, and sometimes you have to shoot first.
What is your favorite film of the series so far?
Empire Strikes Back. Its all about that Dagobah force training montage.
Opinion on the prequel trilogy?
While it doesn’t have the nostalgia factor of the original, they made Samuel L. Jackson a Jedi and that’s really all I ever needed.
I’ve always thought Anakin Skywalker acted like a brooding teenager regardless of his age. Which prequel do you think he was the most brooding in?
Probably gotta say Revenge of the Sith, when he starts to turn and has that emo hood on, running around lightsabering kids. It’s especially prominent in the Duel on Mustafar, where he’s all “I HATE YOU DAD” to Obi Wan Kenobi, before the latter ginsu’d his appendages.
Does Jar Jar Binks get the rap he deserves?
Yo, Jar Jar Binks always seemed like a poorly hidden amalgam of black stereotypes.
I wouldn’t disagree with that. He definitely has the distorted version of a Jamaican/Rastafarian accent going on.
Like, come on Lucas. We live in the future, there’s absolutely no reason to have some jabber-jawed minstrel show alien running around getting into sophomoric antics. They should have let me write his character, he’d have been a straight up bad-ass.
Has Star Wars influenced your music in any way?
In a way, it influenced my life at a young age turning me into a lil’ nerd. That eventually took me from sci-fi nerd to space and physics nerd to audio nerd, so hey I guess that works.
As an audio nerd, do you obsess more over the actual quality of the audio you’re producing, or the sonic aesthetic you want to present?
As an artist, no one wants to put out a half-assed product. That being said, I prioritize mood, emotive resonance, and the overall gestalt of each piece before really sitting down to focus on the mixdown. The main goal, always, is to get everyone else to feel what I’m feeling when they hear it.
What is your thought/work process in regards to creating new instrumentals, and how does that differ from your thoughts while performing a live show?
When I’m composing or producing, its more meditative. Zen-like. Alot of time spent in my own worlds, creating. Performing is a different ballgame. Like warring with myself and everyone else for their focus. There’s alot of improvisation that goes into my set, so it all comes down to keeping the crowd (and myself) on their toes and striking the right spots at the right times.
Is there anything special we can expect from the show this Saturday?
I’ve been working on a large amount of new material since I got back from touring and Los Angeles. I’m hoping to bring alot of what I learned along my travels back home for this one. Coby Ashpis and KidA are both very talented artists in their own fields, so I feel like its gonna be generally stellar.
What’s your opinion on the upcoming film?
Looks both so fresh and so clean-clean.
Jedi or Sith?
Jedi, but New Jedi Order era. Not trying to be all Lawful Good all the time.
What color would your lightsaber be?
Green: Jedi Consular. Straight up ass kickin’ diplomat.
Favorite species of the Star Wars universe?
Bad ass Twi’lek ladies.
Favorite line from the series?
Every instance of sexual tension between Han and Leia, and everything Chewbacca says.
Thanks for your time and insight, Brandon.
Ayyyye, anytime. Should be a good one.