INTERVIEW: Daniel Sameniego

Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.


sameniego11) What is your relationship to sound in the studio?

Usually I am flooding my mind with music. If I am not listening to music, I am playing imaginary dramas in my mind in which the dialog is central, as if it were blaring out of overhead speakers.

2) What is your relationship to music in the studio?

Music is constant. I begin work by clipping my iPod to my waist and covering my ears with headphones.

samiego23) What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?

Heavy rotation:
Under The Skin (Film score), Mica Levi
Beyond the Black Rainbow (Film score), Sinoia Caves
The great hits of Whitney Houston

4) What would be your desert island studio record?

I would need at least five records to make it 5 days on a desert island:

These five come to mind:

Peepshow, Siouxsie and the Banshees
No Ghostless Place, Raised By Swans
It’s Gonna Take a Miracle, Laura Nyro with Labelle
Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp
Third, Portishead


Daniel Sameniego is lives and works in Oakland, CA. He earned his MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. See more of his work here.

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