Some of the most interesting interesting/creative space-pop songscapes being produced today are the responsibility of one Randolph Chabot, better known as his performing moniker Deastro. As Randolph will be in town soon (Nov. 19 at the Cavern) we thought we'd send some Q's his way to help decipher what makes the man tick.
SubEx: We’ve read that you recorded your first album when you were 12. How would you describe the album’s style and do you think it still holds up?
Deastro: I would describe it as like Dan Deacon meets trance, I don't know if it still holds up, probably not.
SE: How would you say home-schooling affected your personality/influence your musical stylings?
D: There was a lot of music that I thought was really cool back then but wasn't allowed to listen to so I had to make it myself if I wanted to hear it.
SE: Your music is influenced a lot by the nineties, what were you’re A)favorite cartoon, B) toy, and C) videogames growing up?
D: My favorite cartoon was batman the animated series, Secret of Mana was my favorite game my uncle let me borrow it, my favorite toy hmm, me and my brothers were obsessed with legos.
SE: What would you be doing if you weren’t making music for a living?
D: I would be a teacher or a social worker, I plan to go back to school someday when I am older for something along those lines.
SE: One reviewer recently referred to Moondagger as “rapturous pop,” if it were up to you how would you like for your music to be perceived?
D: I write music because I am sad about the way the world is set up, but I make a lot of it upbeat because I don't want to sound apathetic. I don't do be one of those people who just pile up guilt on others thus distorting the truth and hiding their own reluctance to do good. Rapturous pop is ok I guess. I think things can get better if we learn to see them differently and don't give up, I guess I could get rapturous about that.
SE: Tell our readers a little about the Artists Revitalizing Communities project and how it has been going thus far.
D: That was something I tried to get involved with at the time I don't think it exists anymore, I think I mentioned my friends were doing this in an interview a couple years, ago it is funny that everyone still asks. I have been gone so much with Deastro I haven't had time to get involved lately, I am excited for this winter though I will be home for 3 months which is the longest extended period I have had at home in like 3 yrs.
SE: What holiday do find most enjoyable?
D: Christmas, my whole family goes to my Grandparents house up north and stays there for a few days.
SE: Another website recently posted a picture of you dressed as Where’s Waldo for Halloween as a youngster, describe your best costume growing up.
D: My worst costume is the cat in hat costume which my brother Mike is wearing in the picture, it made you sweat like crazy. My mom made me this toy soldier costume that I won a costume contest with, pretty cool.
SE: Are you/did you dress up this year?
D: I am making something I don't know yet, I am a night before lets make a polygon alien kind of a guy.
SE: What are the differences between Deastro the solo artist and Deastro the band --especially in regards to putting on a live show?
D: Well my band broke up with me because it was getting to hard financially and I couldn't pay them, so there is just me. I am putting together a new band we will see what that sounds like.
SE: Best book you’ve read lately?
D: 2666, or the Rama series it is hard to decide.
SE: I think most people know by now that your name was derived from a GI Joe character, what did you think about the ill-fated live action GI Joe movie released earlier this year?
D: Haven't seen it, I'm waiting until they sell it at wal mart.
SE: Who/what are some of your biggest lyrical influences?
D: Hmm, ee Cummings, Italo Calvino, I am not usually inspired lyrically by other songs but I haven't been listening for that long. I really like Bill Callahan, and Bradford Cox.
SE: What do you hope to accomplish by making music?
D: I don't know man, anything thing that is accomplished by it is accomplished through the people who were inspired by it, or the movement. I guess I hope to be part of a movement that well, moves.
MP3: Deastro - Tone Adventure #3