A conversation with Craig Ross

 

    We spoke with Craig Ross about networks of caves, why guitars need no translators, how friendship creates art and the last time a cat gifted him a dead bird.

    I used to drive people crazy in the car by tuning the radio between stations and leaving it there for hours. Images have beautiful sounds. Shadows and light.

    1

    Morgan Enos

    Is the guitar an immediate or nonimmediate instrument? Is it capable of great agility, great slowness or both?

    Craig Ross

    Slow immediacy. Non-athletic. Non-agile. No translator needed, and no predictive algorithm to misinterpret my intentions. I make mistakes and nothing corrects them. Therefore, no mistakes.

    2

    What is your least favorite platitude?

    “Nice gear.”

    3

    Do you ever feel inspired by daily mechanical humming, whether from infrastructure or household sounds? Please elaborate.

    I’ve always loved the sounds of objects in their own state of being. I used to drive people crazy in the car by tuning the radio between stations and leaving it there for hours. Everything has a sound, color, etc. Images have beautiful sounds. Shadows and light.

    Original rock and roll is absolutely carnal. Nothing ulterior about that. At least it was promoting humanity.

    4

    What is a typical question you’re asked that you wish would never be asked? What possesses people to continue asking it?

    “What kind of music do you do?” Can’t explain. Sort of like “What kind of car do you drive?” People are a lot more interesting than their questions, though.

    5

    What’s your knowledge of caves like?

    I love caves! We have massive networks of caverns underneath Austin. More of a fascination than knowledge. I hope one day I discover one underneath my house.

    6

    Please describe the last time you approached art like you would approach cuisine or entertaining houseguests.

    Art has always been a personal experience for me to figure out the nature of all things and the rest is just artifact. I’ve got mountains of byproduct from the process. If it would be compared to cuisine, then half of the food would be inedible in order to make the other half seem more delicious than it may actually be.

    7

    Is rock and roll innately innocent or full of alterior, carnal motives? Please elaborate.

    Original rock and roll is absolutely carnal. Nothing ulterior about that. At least it was promoting humanity.

    8

    How does friendship play a role in your daily life and your art?

    No friends = no life = no art.

    9

    Finally, please describe the last time an everyday event triggered an emotional response that you didn’t expect.

    Last week, a neighbor’s cat left a dead bird for me. He got mad that I didn’t want him to kill the bird and hasn’t come around since. I didn’t get a chance to explain.

    Thank you.

    Data


    Conversation: 202
    Curated by: Morgan Enos
    Conducted by: Email
    Published: June 20, 2018
    Total questions: 9
    Word count: 379
    Reading time: One minute

    Metadata


    Intention: Understood
    Network: Dreamt
    Fascination: Accessed
    Promotion: Attained
    Mountain: Existent
    Translation: Null

    Relation


    About the subject


    Craig Ross is a guitarist, songwriter and session musician who was born and raised in Los Angeles.

    About the curator


    Morgan Enos is a songwriter and journalist originally from California. His curatorial work for North of the Internet aims to strike a deeper place in his conversation subjects — the dreamy subtext to the linear everyday. Morgan also frequently writes power pop records as Other Houses about joy, outer space, frustration, chess and spiritual light. He resides in New York, where he continues to creatively fire on all cylinders.


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