Only a musician can get away with calling himself Gold Panda, don’t you think? I happen to really like the name and started think about what names I might call myself if I was a talented DJ touring the world playing music. One friend calls me Poncho Nata and I have a strong affinity for that name but somehow I don’t think it fits in this case. Another friend calls me Nata Mucho but I want to keep that between her and me. So then I thought to myself Poncho and Mucho have cho in common. I find that interesting given both names came from dear friends who happen to be friends with each other as well. But that’s a whole other ball of wax. Then of course there’s Margaret Cho but that’s already taken. Then I thought, Nacho Business but that is part of a friend’s email address so that wouldn’t be very original of me. Thus the pondering will continue until I come up with something solid. Stay tuned.
Back to Gold Panda. I very much enjoy DJ music but often times don’t opt to see them perform live as I prefer to spend my hard earned moolah watching an entire band play vs. a single DJ on stage. After photographing Gold Panda at KEXP in a tiny studio where I was very watchful of how he was creating his music I have a new respect for what DJ recording artists are doing these days. Listening to Gold Panda lulls me in and out of a sort of trance. With songs that have lyrics it’s easy to follow along from beginning to end and remember how the song flows and I don’t typically get lost in the sounds. However with Gold Panda’s songs on this particular day there was no singing to follow along with. Watching him manipulate his computer along with all kinds of other gadgets in order to produce music really impressed me. I can tell you there’s NO WAY I could remember doing everything that he does (tap this button, push this slider, click this on the laptop, etc.) in order to reproduce songs as recorded on his album. Something to think about the next time you’re listening to a DJ who creates his or her own songs.