Interview: Neil Krug

Neil Krug (photographer/filmmaker) produces artwork in a array of mediums, all of which could be mistaken for long lost remnants from another era: a time when colours were ever slightly more washed out, when everyone was under a constant sun drench and clothing was extremely optional. Neil has worked with Canyons over the past year as an art director for their forthcoming debut record. This marriage of Canyons' music and Neil's visuals can be seen most recently in the psychedelic, desert-centric art that adorns their new single, "My Rescue".

Modular: What was the first photograph you ever took and where is it now?
Neil Krug: I have no idea and i can promise you it isn't any good.

Working with artists on shoots and music videos, do you find that their music will dictate the direction you will take, or are the two (imagery/music) two wholly separate beasts?
It's always the music that kick starts the idea. Sometimes I take it to another place from my own inspiration, but generally it stays within the track.

Is there a particular favourite shot that you've ever taken and why is it a favourite?
I don't necessarily have a favourite shot, but many from the PULP ART BOOK series are among the best.

How did you get involved with working with Canyons?
Canyons approached me at the end of 2009. Joni (Harbeck) Alexander and I took on the project and put together a custom series for their upcoming EP and LP release. We are quite pleased with the photographs and are anxiously waiting their debut with the album.

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Tell us about your upcoming feature, Invisible Pyramid. Where did you get the idea to do a feature film and why that medium?
Invisible Pyramid is in post at the moment and I hope to get it wrapped by the end of the year. It's taken a long time to wrap because I have financed, directed, and edited it myself... so when any other work comes along, Pyramid is on the shelf.

I have always wanted to do a feature and things happened to come into place during that time, in terms of characters, actors and money.

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What music has been catching your ear lately?
I've been listening to Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma pretty often this summer, along with Tame Impala's InnerSpeaker. I've also fallen in love the Now-Again's Compilation Forge Your Own Chains. The album commingles all of my favourite styles of psych rock from the 60's and 70's. I highly recommend it.

Neil Krug on Facebook.

September 29, 2010 at 10:23am in recommends, Canyons


 

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