Black midi is making the rounds
Black midi has been popping up recently at venues around Southeast Texas and Lake Charles, so we decided to sit down with Kaleb Dixon, the one-man-band behind the name, to find out a little more about his passion project.
Q: How did black midi come into existence?
A: I was always intrigued with the idea of starting a music project. I started off really interested in doing album art. In middle school I’d look up pictures and download Photoshop and create fake album art. Then I started doing production for other people and doing instrumentals before deciding I wanted to do more. Vocals were my next step. I had an easier time expressing myself with that along with my writing.
Q: How would you describe your music?
A: If I was describing it to someone who had never heard it, I would say R&B, but it’s really just all over the place — whatever I’m feeling at the time.
Q: What is your creative process when putting together a song?
A: Usually I’ll write down a single word and go off how that word makes me feel or I’ll find a picture or color and whatever emotion it evokes in me, I’ll use. The process is kind of like a sneeze. I feel like I’m at my best when it’s impulsive.
Q: Would you consider yourself a one-man band?
A: I definitely couldn’t do it without my friends. But, I guess so, in a lot of ways. It’s easier that way. I can bring a laptop and go at it. I’ve always wanted to implement live drums or a bassist, so I may do that eventually.
Q: What can someone expect when they go to a black midi show?
A: I say I love you a lot — I’m a happy-go-lucky kind of dude. They might experience post-concert depression and longing for more.
Q: What influences your work?
A: A lot of times it’s books. Storytelling is a huge aspect of my music. Right now I’m really into “Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami. When it comes to music, I don’t feel like I listen to artists and bands that are similar to what I create so it would be an injustice to cite them.
Q: What have you been working on lately.
A: I’m working on a full-length album and will hopefully have it out around November. Spotify is releasing a feature that lets you upload music directly to them, so I’m going to look at getting my stuff on there.
Q: What’s next for black midi?
A: I definitely want to be playing more shows and branching out to new venues and getting merchandise. I also have a list of people I want to collaborate with.
Q: Where can we follow black midi?
A: You can find me at soundcloud.com/black-midi and “blackxmidi” on Twitter
Hannah LeTulle is a freelance writer.