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.
1) What is your relationship to sound in the studio?
The studio is always filled with sound. It really just depends on what type of work is going on at the given moment. When the loud machines are going, loud music is in order: rock and roll and heavy guitars: Don Caballero was recently filling this slot. If it’s heavy production work (repetitive motions), I tend to stay away from repetitive music and lean towards more organic rock-out-ness (is that a word?). A favorite in this department would be the Rolling Stones album “Let It Bleed.” When the machines are silent, I typically default to electronic music. I listen to a lot of drum and bass type stuff. I’m a silly fan-boy for Aphex Twin, among others.
2) What is your relationship to music in the studio?
Music is always playing. When I was younger, my worked seemed to feed off music more; now, music is more of a calculated accompaniment to whatever I’m working on.
3) What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?
I’ve been really CAD-focused lately. I get into what I call the “CAD-head”: super focused on the computer, imagining a physical reality built from a two-dimensional facsimile. When I get into the “CAD head,” drum and bass is the way to go. I recently found some guy, Pulsewidth, on Mixcloud that made these incredible mixes of all 90s “golden era” D&B called the “Intelligent Drum & Bass Mix Session(s)” Volume I-IV. I’ve been junking out for two weeks straight.
4) What would be your desert island studio record?
This is a very difficult question to answer. One of my favorite scenarios that I come across in the studio is when I’m making my work while listening to a friend’s band on the iPod/Computer/Whatever Device It Happens To Be and receiving a text message from a friend who’s sending a pic of what they’re working on in the studio and then taking a break by reading an art review/article by someone I know. This happens! My question would be: how can I take that to a desert island? If I was forced to take one record, I would have to say that Tom Waits has never let me down.
Richard Vosseller is the Director of Graphic Communications + Arts at University of Maryland University College. Among his many achievements as an artist, Vosseller received a supported residency to travel to Rhyolite Nevada for two weeks and create site-specific artwork for the Goldwell Open Air Museum in 2009. Learn more about Richard on his website here.