Jesse Heasly is a bassist, keyboardist, composer, and improviser from Portland, ME and currently based out of Boston, MA. He appears on 5 Lungbasket releases as a member of
- here he was joined by RUDEBOT himself, whose answers appears in capital letters.
your music belong to any mythology? Do you want it to?
definitely comes out of video game music and the areas where video game music
crosses over with pop music. I think that I would be telling a lie of omission
if I didn't at least say a few titles somewhere while I talked about this
album: Megaman, Final Fantasy, and Shining Force. I grew up playing those
I feel fairly neutral about that
connection. I can't deny it, but i also hope that certain surface level
connections (like my synthesizer choices) don't keep the listener from taking
it a little seriously.
RUDEBOT HAS BEEN DRIFTING FOR
are a couple non-musical things that directly influenced your music?
Astrophysics. I got obsessed with
Carl Sagan and Neil Degrasse Tyson while I was writing Majesty. I'm not saying I know anything about the deep mathematics
of Astrophysics, but I got really attached to the humanism and the outlook that
those two scientists communicate as they describe the phenomena of the known
universe. I have a good time thinking about how large the universe is.
STARS, COMETS, ASTEROIDS, HALF MEMORIES
is a reaction to your music that you've witnessed that you did not expect?
People who I have shown this album
think that it is very sad. I thought it was funny while I was making it.
DOG LIKES MY VOICE
music has been important to you recently?
The Runners Four, Goldberg
Variations, Missa L'Homme Arme in six voices(josquin), Rafael Toral's
ambient output, Yellow Magic Orchestra.
you name a few of your favorite words?
Shining, Hearth, Wood.
DOG, NO, RUDEBOT.
are the conditions that your music works best in?
I guess probably when the listener
has the kind of itch that makes somebody play a video game, read a book or
watch a movie? I think I like to escape into this music.
CHILL OF SPACE
color was your hair when you were a baby?
My hair was platinum blonde and
very, very curly when I was a baby. There is a picture at my parent's house of
me standing in the front yard wearing plaid with a electric white mop of hair
on my head. It was Autumn and that's how I know what color my hair used to be.
the worst idea you never realized?
When I was a child I thought that my
profession could be "fighter." I remember imagining being a guy with
no shirt, black pants, red belt and a sword.
WHO PUT RUDEBOT ON THIS ROGUE ASTEROID?
is your greatest hero from fiction?
I'm not sure I can think of an
absolute favorite, but any time the archetype of "serene master"
shows up I get excited. The "shifu" type from Kung Fu movies and
people like that. I always love that character. Especially Li Mu Bai from
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. He is good because he is a master in one
direction of his life, and has deeply failed in another. That type of flaw
makes him much more convincing than dumbledore or whoever else almost fits the
bill. I also find myself thinking about the ancient Greek Chorus a lot.
RUDEBOT IS ALONE
your favorite holiday?
I think that the new year is the
holiday which makes the most sense to celebrate. Because it isn't tied up in
any bad history or any religious specificities, I like it. I think it makes
sense to think about annual renewal and to redouble your efforts. It is also a
time of togetherness in the coldest part of the year, which I like very much.
THE DAY I FOUND DOG
is your favorite part of your normal daily routine?
Taking a very hot shower.
you characterize yourself as either a chipper or a grown man?
Now a chipper, now a grown man.
you took a one year break from music what would you do?
I have always been fond of languages
and etymology. I think I would probably study mandarin and spanish a lot, maybe
go to a country that speaks those languages or at least read a book in on or
both of those languages.
DRIFT THROUGH SPACE
Could you tell us a story about anything please?
Lots of years ago I went on a
sailing trip with my school to Vinalhaven, and we spent the better part of a
week on a 15 foot boot without ever setting foot on dry land. There were maybe
12 of us on the boat, including students, one teacher and two guides. One of
our duties while living on the boat was to keep watch at night. This was mainly
to ensure that our anchor held fast and the boat didn't drift into other moored
vessels or into rocks or into an island or into a dock or into something else.
Our shifts were I think 1.5 hours long and each shift that I took wound up
special. On one of the nights we were harbored in a small cove, and there were
a few houses in the woods, not far off shore. I remember toward the end of my
shift a car was driving through these woods. I could see its headlights casting
a very tall beam and so I watched it as it moved through the woods. At one
point it turned toward a house. The house was between me and the car. the
headlights of this car must have been set to "maximum",
"highbeams", brights", because as the car made the turn several
unbelievable sheets of light were cast toward me. They were distinct and
geometric shapes of light caused by what I have always guessed were glass walls
or large windows. These sheets dazzled me. I hold a concrete image in my head
of what this illumination looked like. Soon the car turned away and all of the
lights seemed to shrink and retract away and of course become nothing very
quickly. I of course am embellishing the end of the event. The light was there
and then it was not faster than I could see.
FOUND DOG IN RUBBLE
Video for "Majesty Knights" by Megan McShane: