foreword: the following interview is a wordily exchange between experimental artist, writer , music maker and awesome American personality ‘Ech(o)’ (Tracey Fitzgerald) and the mexican experimental reggae star The Pink Blob. (Pink Blob). It was an interview ready to be published in a lobit magazine, which unfortunately (because of lobit getting too commercial) has been pulled of from the market shelves. But luckily for you and me the exclusive interview can now be proudly published on Yeah I Know It Sucks.
To make clear who is who in this spectacular interview, The Pink Blob will be highlighted in the color pink, while Ech(o) ‘s words stay black.
Ech(o) interviewed by The Pink Blob
HeLLo I iS tHe PiNK blOb Nice TO meET YoU Ech(o). tHAnKS FoR doIng A inTerViEW wITh ME tHe PiNk BloB. HOpe YoU aRE fiNE anD REAdY For QUeSTioNs.
Ready As I’ll Ever Be.
Is IT TRue ThaT You aLsO lIKe ThE PinK COloR?
I have not cared for it at all for most of my life, actually. As I get older, though, I find that I like more and more pink things. Pink lemonade, pink hair, pink underwear, and pink carnations—only on white sport coats, of course.
I HavE a PiNk goAT fOr GoaTchEeSe do yOu AlSo hAvE aNIMaLs?
I think they have me, instead. I pretend that I am in charge, but none of them really listen. Two cats, Mumai and Issy Jane, are always yelling at me to give them more treats. The dogs, Tuck and Henny, both sleep on the furniture when I’m not around. They also like to leave little smelly presents for me. The only animal that doesn’t drive me crazy is Percy, the ball python. She is almost three feet long now, though, so pretty soon I am sure she will learn how to escape from her special house and hide all over my house instead. I also have a son. All boys should count as part-time animals.
I aM ThE PinK BLoB. I maKe RegGaE MuSiC AnD Am A LoBIT suPaStAr. wHAt KInD oF mUSiC dO You MakE ech(o)?
Well, I have tried my hand at a lot of different things. I think that I can be summed up now as atmospheric. I have tried spoken-word, drone, lobit, HNW, even silly dance music. Now I just make whatever feels right in that moment.
I ReALly LikE YoU. I iS The PiNK Blob. WhAT woUlD be NeEdEd tO coNvINCE YOu tO cOmE tO mY HouSe IN mExiCo aND mArRy Me? Me = ThE Pink bLoB!
I really like you too! I think I will have to add you to my list of special pink things. I will come to Mexico and marry you as soon as my husband dies. Is that morbid? Maybe I will die first, right? Well, if he dies first, I will come to Mexico. But I would want to spend much time in the Yucatan. It is one of my most favorite areas on the planet.
I KnOw YoU mAkE lOBiT muSiC iN A SecReT LaB, WhEn CaN I (I Is ThE piNk BlOb) hEAr ThEm?
You might have heard some of them! I have not released much music in a very long time, but I have released a couple of songs here and there under different project names. It is always very fun to see what people say about the music when they don’t know who made it. I am actually hard at work on two new EPs. And guess what? One of them is lobit!
EVeryOnE loVeS yOu Ech(o), wHAT Is YoUR sECret?
Haha! I am sure that some people are laughing right now because they do not love me at all! There IS a secret, though. If I tell you, it won’t be a secret…hmmm. Ok, I will tell you. I am just me, a lucky silly girl. I have friends that I love very much, and for whom I would do just about anything. I am lucky because these beautiful people love me back! And I think it is because I value compassion and dignity as much as I value having silly fun. Anyone who loves me knows that I am just a human, making lots of mistakes in life, but always trying my best to love and to make sure that people know they are loved. Perhaps I should have been a hippie. Perhaps I was!
HoW dId YoU fINd loBit aND WhAT do YoU lIKe aBOuT LoBit?
I found lobit because of one of the loves of my life. He made a lobit version of my demo EP. Covolux. Dear Pink Blob, I will marry you next, but if Covolux ever asks, then I will marry him, too. Is that legal in Mexico?
WOUld YOu iN tHE fuTuRe mAke a rEggAe TUnE wITh mE?
I would be happy and honored to make any tune with you!
HOw Do YOu MaKE YOUr MuSIc?
I use Audacity for many things. That is the first program I ever learned. The man behind the curtain at SP taught me about it. I also just play around with instruments. I use my keyboard and my voice to create different pads. It is time-consuming, sometimes, because I record everything one layer or instrument at a time, and then I manipulate it. I have a lot of instruments. Some are homemade. I also do a lot of field recording. I use many sounds from that.
WHAt Do YoU LikE tO dRiNk? WOUlD yOu LikE GoATmiLk FrOm mY PiNK GoaT?I GiVE iT foR fREe To YOu!
My favorite things are coffee, chai, and water. I used to like milk but suddenly I feel lactose intolerant. I mean, I just remembered that I am. So – no, thank you.
HOw DiD yOuR pARenTs cAmE uP wiTh YOur Ech(o) NAme?
My parents were going to name me something awful, a yucky name with bad words in it, because they thought that most girls into DIY should have names like that. My big brother decided that I was too cute and sweet for that, so he said I should only be Echo, a little cute and strange part of a sound, but because he was drunk, he wrote it in a funny way on the certificate.
WhAt IS yoUr FaVoRiTe LoBiTrate AnD WhY?
I have 2 favorites. 8kbps is my favorite because you either Go Small or Go Home! And 64kbps is me 2nd-favorite because it is much easier to work with than 8!
YOU seTUp tHE wOnDerfUl GyPsyFeet RecOrds ThaT doEs dOnATe wHere PossiBlE tO ChARiTy. WhAt KiND oF cHARIty IS thE moSt DeaR TO yoU?
This is a very hard question. Since you just ask about the kind and I don’t have to name a specific one, it is a little bit easier. I am passionate about organizations that work to end suffering in its many forms among my fellow human beings. The charities that do not spend much money on their own company are very important. I want money to go where it is needed the most.
GyPsY FEEt is LoBiT fRienDly. CAn WE exPecT moRe FlOppYs In thE fUTurE? AnD WhaT AboUt RegGae? I UnDeRstOod gYPsy FeEt GoT a NeW dIrEcTor NoW cAn yoU GiVe uS a HiNt WhAt YoU hOpe fOr The FutUre fOr it?
Gypsy Feet has just lost its European partner, unfortunately. The American office will still produce physical releases, including lobit floppy disks, but we know that they will not sell very much overseas because of the cost to mail them, so we are transitioning. All releases will be free/for donation on bandcamp as digital downloads, and the physicals will be made as they are ordered. We hope to find a European partner soon, but that is not an easy task. Right now, the biggest hope is that we will be able to relaunch and rebuild our reputation in the music community.
YOu ARE a WrITEr WouLd YoU EvEr WrItE abOuT loBiT or pInk GoATcHeeSE? Or EXchAnGe PoEtic LetTers WiTh Me ThE pinK bLob?
I would happily write about lobit AND pink goat cheese. As for exchanging poetic letters, I think this is now mandatory. I would like to receive my first poetic letter from you very soon.
I reAllY LIkE to InTroDucE yOu To my GirlfRiEnd BloBine anD my gOaT, i (I is ThA PinK blOb) haVE lOtS oF GoAtchEeSe At My hoUse aND miLk. I mUSt Say goODbyE fRoM ThEm. thAnK yoU sO mUch fOR YOur TimE. MArRy Me in MeXiCo PlEAse! CHeeRio!
Oh my! A girlfriend, too! So we can all be married, then. Me and you, your girlfriend, Covolux, my husband…I’m sure I can think of a few more folks. Until next time, Mr. PB!
Ech(o) on Soundcloud
Ech(o) on Facebook
Ech(o) on Discogs
Ech(o)’s Gypsyfeet Records website
Ech(o)’s Gypsyfeet on bandcamp
Ech(o) on archive.org