where are you from?
darroch: upstate ny.
michael: santa barbara, ca originally, but lived all over the country and overseas. 

 

what brought you to new york?
darroch: ny seemed like the place that anything could happen - i studied photography in school and for me ny seemed the best place to start. 
michael: i moved to ny because i got into school here. i had no idea what to expect, but immediately fell in love. 

 

what is your favorite time of day?
darroch: cocktail hour.
michael: dusk.
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last record you played?
darroch: actual record? devendra banhart 'what will we be'. via my iphone? nicki minaj 'the pinkprint'.
michael: joni mitchell 'clouds' (and maybe a little too much taylor swift) 
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an artist you are lately inspired by?
darroch: egon schiele - we recently saw his exhibit at the neue gallery, i rarely am so impressed. 
michael: rachel ruysch. i pull so much inspiration from the old dutch masters and ruysch's paintings have an energy i try to replicate in my work. 
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favorite colors?
darroch: camel. 
michael: coral pink.
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favorite texture?
darroch: pebbled leather. 
michael: moss.
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favorite place?
darroch: our apartment - i love our neighborhood, bedroom, and sofa. it's the place i feel most comfortable. 
michael: the desert. i grew up going to palm springs and joshua tree most of my childhood - the openness, the sky and colors of the desert are so comforting to me. 
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notable quip?
darroch: the dagger emoji - all my wittiness has been reduced to emojis. 
michael: "OMG, come over here, you HAVE to smell this flower!"
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for more on the designers, please visit putnam & putnam //brooklyn, new york 

where are you from?  we moved, every few years. i would like to die in maine, if in a way that defines where one is from.
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what brought you to new york?  curiosity i guess.

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what is your favorite time of day?  dawn.

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last record you played?  bryce hackford / fair.
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two artists you are lately inspired by?  lotte jacobi (specifically photogenics).  gunta stolzl.

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favorite colors?  right now... aruba blue and dusty pinks.  always: true navy and slate grey.
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favorite texture?  crushed silk velvet.

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favorite place?  real: deer isle.  imaginary: a vaulted ceiling personal library with a clawfoot tub, klipsch speakers and those color spectrum changing lights.

notable quip ... a neon drug store sign with a broken "d".
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for more on the collector, please visit  s h a r k t o o t h  //brooklyn, new york 

where are you from?  i'm from st. louis missouri.   

what brought you to new york?  i came to new york because it seemed like the best place to be for an aspiring artist.

what is your favorite time of day?  dusk.  the way the light comes into my kitchen is so nice.

two artists you are lately inspired by?  saul steinberg's drawings and richard diebenkorn's abstract paintings. his colors were so perfect.

what are your favorite colors?  my favorite colors to paint with are red and blue, but as far as clothing i almost always wear black.

where is your favorite place?  my favorite place is my aunt's summer house in michigan. The beach is a 5 minute walk away and it's private and so beautiful and peaceful. sleeping on the screened-in porch during a thunderstorm is the most incredible thing.

 the dream you cannot shake?  i've always wanted to be in a silent film.  my friends mike and claire make amazing little shorts and they promised me that I could be in one, so we'll see.

 

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what is the title of your new album?  i haven't settled on a title yet, but i keep referring to this group of songs as duskland, but that could change.
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...we'd love to hear a little bit about it, including the inspiration behind the 'juke' song you played for us... this new one is gonna be different than the last record blue rider, it's bigger, more of a wall of sound, there's also more musicians involved. i keep thinking of it as a western, they're all story songs and most of them are in a minor key. there's a processional quality to them, circular and hypnotic, but iconic melodically, sorta like how church hymns are. that 'juke' song is called "bend my mind (salt & lime)" and is probably the closest i've ever come to writing a honky tonk classic. must have been listening to a lot of gary stewart at the time.
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what is the name of the studio?  vacation island recording or vir for short.  it's owned by my friend matt boynton, he's been running it since 2005 or so.  stand up guy and an awesome studio.
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where are you from?  i'm from a small town in st. tammany parish louisiana called enon. it's barely a town actually, everything in it is situated on one street, corner store, high school, baptist church and a grave yard.  
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what brought you to new york?  i followed a girl out here. we broke up a little while later but i ended up staying. i imagine that happens to a lot of people that wind up here.
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what is your favorite time of day?  dusk.
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what inspired you today?  probably the beautiful sunny day we had today. might be the third one we've had all spring.
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last record you played?  texas by nikki sudden
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two artists you are lately inspired by?  mark e. smith of the fall. i just read a great book that he wrote called renegade. the fall are one of my favorite bands, the guy is a genuine artist.  he's been releasing a record a year since '77, talk about some serious work ethic.  he's a great writer, cryptic, but brilliant, he's an innovator and one that's always done things his own way.
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lou reed.  since he died i've been revisiting a lot of his catalog. especially the underrated records like the blue mask, coney island baby, metal machine music, and a lot of the vu live bootlegs. his contribution to 20th century music is immense.
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what are your favorite colors?  sea green, blue black, indigo, burgundy
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where is your favorite place? here are a few: new orleans, the galicia region of spain, berlin, the pacific coast highway, katmandu, new mexico, lisbon, the cascade mountains, coney island in late autumn, rome, the hudson valley, bali.
for more on the artist and his catalog, please visit zacharycale.com

where are you from?  taipei, taiwan

 

what brought you to new york?  what brought me to new york is the endless possibilities

 

what is your favorite time of day?  when i have my first cup of coffee in the morning, with or without a cigarette in my hand

 

what inspired you today?  my dream this morning, i was lucid dreaming; in which i was breast stroke swimming in the sky. it was sort of scary, but i knew it was a dream, so i enjoyed it

 

last record you played?  patsy cline, crazy 

 

two artists you are lately inspired by?  collage works by tom moglu, also lately i'm obsessed with matthew carter's typography; my favorite font at the moment is elephant

 

describe one photo you can't forget?  my mother's baby photo, it's black and white. she was wearing a white crew neck top with lace around the neckline, her lips looked exactly the same as her lips now. my grandfather dated the photo on the back of the picture. people in my grandpa's generation have such nice hand writing

 

the dream you cannot shake?  a dream i lost my family. i woke up crying

 

family trip that made an early impression?  we went to this mountain called ah-li mountain in taiwan. i was in kindergarten, I fell and scraped my knees. my mean uncle called me stupid, i never liked him after that, now i tell myself everyday to be nice to people

 

what are your favorite colors?  i don't have a favorite color... i like every color

 

where is your favorite place?  i don't have a favorite place... it depends on where my friends and family are i think!