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    Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:07:27

    Break It Down: Silt - The genre-jumpers discuss eclectic taste, meeting Piglet and much more

    Toronto based three-piece the Silt are a musical bureaucrat's worst nightmare. Their musical palette extends far beyond the confines of any single genre, pulling rhythmic and harmonic shades from every corner of music on every song. As a result, even specific samplings of the sound off their latest album, Cat's Peak, defy categorization, blurring divides between starkly different aesthetics such as classic soul and progressive synth rock within pop-sized tracks. We recently caught up with two of the multi-instrumentalists in the undefinable sonic project to learn more about their eclectic tastes, aspirations of meeting Piglet and much more.

    What have you been listening to lately?

    Doug: Billie Holiday, Alvin Lucier, Freakwater.

    Ryan: I have been listening to gurgling and sporadic thuds.

    Where's your favorite place to chill?

    Doug: Down by the Humber River.

    Ryan: Deep within, to the bone if you will.

    What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?

    Doug: Lived anywhere, couch-surfing, studio sitting and so on.

    Ryan: I have not been dramatic about it.

    Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics.

    Doug: Neil Young's, "Take my head refreshing fountain."

    Ryan: "Why do you have to lose something every time that you move?" - Kath Bloom

    What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?

    Doug: '58 Harmony hollow-body guitar.

    Ryan: I like my piano best.

    If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?

    Doug: I don't know enough to answer this one.

    Ryan: I haven't heard industrial music lately.

    What never goes out of style?

    Doug: Big rubber boots.

    Ryan: Nothingness never goes out of style.

    What's the theme song to your life?

    Doug: I don't watch that show.

    Ryan: "This Is Always" (Betty Carter version)

    What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?

    Doug: Movie: My Dinner with Andre Artist: Robert Smithson

    Ryan: Gertrude Stein.

    What's your favorite way to stay in shape?

    Doug: These days, shinny hockey.

    Ryan: Bicycling and trying to yodel.

    What non-musician would you most like to meet?

    Doug: The Hugging Saint.

    Ryan: Piglet.

    What's your biggest guilty pleasure?

    Doug: Cookies and cream ice cream.

    Ryan: Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow.

    MySpace or Facebook?

    Doug: MySpace

    Ryan: G-chat poetry

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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