Busy in Bandages
  • by Coral Andrews - Dec 10, 2003
  • nash the slashWhat has Canada's busiest bandaged man been up to as of late? Much! Coral FM finally caught up with Nash the Slash chatting from his Toronto crypt about upcoming dates at electronic music festivals in Holland and the UK, newest mixed media presentation Two Artists and The Simultaneous Man, Nash's first comic book courtesy of The Bandaged One and avant-comic genius Matt Howarth.

    CA: The Simultaneous Man sounds like a typical scathingly brilliant Nash idea. How did you and Matt Howarth meet?
    NTS: Matt Howarth has quite the credentials in the underground comic book world. He created Savage Henry years ago and he is also an illustrator for Marvel Comics. I have known Matt for years. He used to put Nash the Slash into some of his comics. He asked me what I would think of a Nash the Slash comic. I said go for it. I had no input into the storyline or anything about it. I let Matt create this hilarious story, which he also wrote and illustrated. I don't want to give it away, but essentially Nash has a predicament where he has two gigs at the same time. One is doing a tour with a heavy metal band in America and the other is doing a gig for some monks on a mountain top somewhere in Tibet. In order to do two gigs at the same time, Nash has to figure out how to be The Simultaneous Man.

    CA: And he's got his Simultaneous Dog with him as well?
    NTS: Oh yeah. Digger's on the trail. Of course this limited edition comic has a Read Along with Nash CD. When you get your comic book, you get your CD and you put it on your CD player. You get the whole story read out loud to you with different voices and sound effects and songs suggested in the comic, all done by me. It's a hoot, and it took quite a while to do.

    CA: You could coin Simultaneous Man as 'interactive animation'. I also noticed you have a spanking brand new website- quite the cyberspace vehicle?
    NTS: I've not only bumped up my own website in terms of presentation, but I have a terrific person co-coordinating my fan website. He is Steve Gregory in Cornwall, England. He is a very dedicated, very talented fan having a lot of fun with his website doing the stuff that he does. It's a nice combination with my own home web site and a fan site out there that is generating interest and is working on a very skilled level.

    CA: I have heard a lot of talk about Two Artists. What exactly is this show all about?
    NTS: Robert Vanderhorst is a renowned surrealist artist. Over the years he and I have worked on this project together. His paintings are very detailed surrealist works. We have photographed various pieces of the paintings and then the viewer is taken through the painting by means of a video presentation. Each painting becomes a miniature movie. One painting may take three minutes to take the viewer through it. Another painting might take longer.

    The point being that I have composed music for each painting, so each work becomes a little film score. That's how Two Artists works. We are now prepping for the premiere concert of Two Artists in April 2004 at St Lawrence Hall. It will be a gallery show with Vanderhorst's original paintings and a two-hour performance by yours truly during the video portion of the show. This presentation will also include a two DVD set, available to the public.

    CA: Just out of curiosity, is there an instrument, that you have not had the chance to play?
    NTS: I laugh because I play certain instruments well. If you put an instrument on my lap I will try to play it, doesn't matter what it is. Gosh, what musical instrument would I like to learn how to play? The cybalom. There's one for you. Look that one up. C-Y-M-B-A-L-O-M . I think it is the predecessor to the Middle Eastern version of the hammer dulcimer. I could play it with fuzz and echo…Ah yes, my dream of playing with a full symphony orchestra where they all have fuzz boxes is still that. But it will happen someday.

    CA: How do you feel about piracy and the Internet?
    NTS: Funny thing is, I don't really care. It's a stupid thing that the whole music industry is going after. It's so hard to tell because the rules have all changed. There is absolutely no way that I can tell who is bootlegging or downloading or dubbing a cassette for a friend. The fact is, I do it too. The whole point being; that's how most underground music gets generated and gets various people hearing it. One thing that offends me about it all and I think is ridiculous, is the record companies having a surcharge tax on recordable names like cassettes, DVD's and stuff like that. There is no way you can stop people from trading musical stuff. When I say the rules are all different, it comes down to figuring out ways to make this work for you.

    The record companies make a fuss because they've got their Celine Dions and Bryan Adams, to worry about. I guess if you are selling tens of millions of copies, you are concerned about counterfeiting. Let's face it. The biggest counterfeiters in the world are countries like China. Do you think Warner Brothers or anybody else has any power to stop it in China? No matter how big the problem is, their whole idea is 'well, we can't sue China, so let's tax wealthy Westerners.' That's what it is. My friends and I used to trade cassettes like mad. It was a Christmas ritual to make tapes of your favorite tunes that you heard from the most obscure records, for your best friends.

    The stuff that you discovered throughout the whole year was made into a cassette and naturally you made several copies for your friends. That is what everyone listened to. People would send their stuff to me all the time. I still listen to tapes people gave me years ago.

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