Doomtree's Paper Tiger: The Interview (and free 80s mix!)
GN: Tell us your favorite 80s movie and why, and please let it be Pretty in Pink.
Pretty in Pink is a great film -- one of the best, however it is not my absolute favorite. I used to work at a breakfast restaurant, and one time I was reinacting the scene when Jon Cryer sings Otis Redding, and people called me "Duckie" for years.
[Editor's note: We asked because we've always thought you resembled that character, and now we're going to love this anecdote forever]
My absolute favorite 80's movie is Gleaming The Cube. This movie changed my life. A lot of people say that kind of thing, and dont really mean it, but I do.
I was 9 years old, and I had been sort of into skateboarding since I was 5, but this is really when it became serious. And it really did change everything, to this day.
It is the reason that I got into all the music I am into, and it is the reason I got into graphic design, it is the reason I am who i am. I owe everything to skateboarding.
I still skate now, but I am only getting worse at it every year.
GN: What's your favorite track right now by Doomtree, and what's your favorite NON Doom track right now?
Dang. Another hard question. Well, I have a lot of favorite Doomtree songs, I guess most of my favorites right now are not actually out yet, so I can't really tell you what they are. If I had to pick something from this year, I would say "Like you Mean It" by SIMS, or "Never Better" by P.O.S for Doomtree stuff. Favorite non-Doom track right now? This one may come as a bit of a shock, but the song that is freaking me out at the moment is called "Stay Close", off the record "Scars" by Basement Jaxx. The whole record is really great, but this song is just amazing.
GN: What's one thing that would totally ruin a DJ gig for you? What makes it the best?
Basically this is very easy, when people dance and have fun, that is all that matters. That is what makes it the best. I have fun going to parties and hanging out, but I never have as much fun as when I really crush it and there are tons of people freaking out and dancing all night. That is what makes it for me. It's an amazing feeling. I guess the adverse is completely true, when you're playing and no one is dancing, it's just no fun. I also tend to hate requests! Especially when people have terrible taste and request bad songs. This will often happen at things like weddings.
GN: What's next for the Papes within the next 6 mos to a year? Goals, gigs, aspirations. Go.
Well, this year should be amazing. We are going to have a lot of great releases from Doomtree. I cant say too much about them, but they are going to blow people's minds. I am excited to put out my record, and do some stuff with that. I am hoping to tour again a bunch, and probably will spend some time in NY again. I have a few sweet DJ gigs lined up - I do a party every year for the X-Games. Winter games are in Aspen, and Summer is in LA. Those are super fun. I just started doing a 20 MIN Mixtape tradition on Doomtree.net