Major Matt asks Neil Kelly (Huggabroomstik, Club Mate, Kung Fu Crimewave) 5 questions (#13)


1. How did we originally meet?
I only remember this sort of vaguely. Dashan definitely introduced us outside of Sidewalk. If I recall correctly, you wore a beard. It was before I had ever seen you play, but Dashan had given me a mix-CD with a Schwervon song ("Breaking In") and a MMM song ("Girlfriend"), so I already knew some of your work. I think this may have been early 2003.

2. 3 things that make you happy?
Exercising my creativity is something I always enjoy. Whether through music, visual art or whatever, working on projects makes me feel good, and productive and important. I enjoy the company of intelligent, open-minded people who can participate in a healthy debate. Jokes are enjoyable as well.

3. 3 things that make you sad?
Oppression makes me sad. Especially seeing people resign themselves to oppression. I believe that it was Captain Apollo of the Battlestar Galactica who said, "Sometimes the opposite of war isn't peace, but subjugation." Not to suggest that I'm for war, because I'm not, but I do believe some things are worth fighting for. Income inequality makes me sad. I'll never understand why hording wealth is acceptable, considering how many people suffer from poverty. The film, "Babe: Pig In The City" always makes me sad, but a good kind of sad.

4. What is your favorite color?
Favorite color? How do I choose? If I could only see one color for the rest of my life, what would it be? I guess I'll go with beige.

5. 3 people who inspire you?
First off, let me give a shout out to Dashan Aton Coram. He's definitely been the most influential figure in my life for more than a decade. Second would have to be Heiko "Horror Me" Gabriel. That guy's like an inspiration machine. Those are the main two. There are quite a few finalist for the third spot, but I don't even feel like listing them. Just be sure that Heiko and Dashan inspire me plenty.