When Ethan approached me about doing the album artwork for Kinky Machine’s “Grok,” I almost said “no doy.” Ethan has played guitar and cello for me from time to time. He is, no doubt, a kindred spirit, calling me to see how I’m doing at the exact moment my car breaks down, and then promptly giving me a ride. He had a specific idea that all revolved around the word “grok,” and that usually scares me. Do you know how hard it is to match an idea that someone has in their mind? Even if you get as many details as possible, it’s impossible to achieve. But Ethan knows that honest expression lies in the freedom of interpretation. He gave me touchstones to come back to and then set me free. I wish they were all like that. I’m pretty proud of this one.
September 12th, Friday, Kinky Machine is playing at Mohawk. I’ll be sitting in on some keys and BGVs. This is seriously my favorite rock band in Austin. Tickets here.