Music: Vizual Noize1 Comment
The hip-hop MC and visual artist, Vizual Noize, grew up in Yelm, moved to Olympia, and brought his musical talent with him. His alias came “Through meditation called inverted perspective; that was what they called the energy, what you see all around, and it evolved from there to more meaning—audio art and visual art,” said Vizual Noize.
The hip-hop artist hopes to incorporate his visual art with his music in his live performances. “It’s the goal to have a projector, with selected images that are relevant with the content and music; that would probably be the ultimate way.” His visual art is “a lot of aerosol art, street art, etcetera.”
The third element of hip-hop that interests Vizual Noize is the one that brought him into the scene: “Turn tablism… that’s how it all started. I was interested in turn tables, and using them as an instrument. Yeah, so that’s the first thing I got back in high school, was turn tables… I heard about DJ competitions and scratch battles and all that and it was more fascinating to me than the MC battles for some reason.”
The MC styling of Vizual Noize is something to see. His song “All Aboard” takes you on a musical train to another universe. Think of the journey like riding the Magic School Bus but for hip-hop transcendence rather than for science exploration.
Each time VizualNoize writes, the process differs. “Writing… it’s pretty therapeutic in that way, you know, kind of helps you sort it out. I feel like I’m writing for, it’s almost no reason. I feel like the reason will come as people will hear it, you know.”
Vizual Noize loves it when people hear his music. At shows, for him, “The bottom line is, I like to see everyone have a good time. And it’s most rewarding to see the look in their eyes, and their facial expressions, if they’re tuned in and they’re getting something from it… that’s most enjoyable and rewarding and that’s the best outcome that music can do for people—uplift… It’s never expected or anything like that, it’s just great to see that and also maybe strike up a conversation [after the show] about the content that people can relate with, and it’s upward spiral from there.”
One particularly fantastic conversation Vizual Noize had after a show was with fellow hip-hop artist Crazy Monk. He, and you, will have an opportunity to relive that encounter at the Truth Party Tour 2013, where you can see Vizual Noize with Crazy Monk, listen to Sander Hicks talk about new political activism and economics, and participate in the group yoga led by Kaleidoscope Yoga’s Lo Nathamundi. It all happens at Last Word Books on Friday, May 3rd at 6 PM. ◙