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Chris Dadge: A dream of the restless sleeper



 Chris Dadge is a musician, composer, producer, and live performance organizer. As a drummer, his most visible role, he’s known for his work with artists such as Chad VanGaalen, Samantha Savage Smith, Alvvays, Rae Spoon, Woodpigeon, and Snailhouse; he currently coleads critically acclaimed psych-pop combo Lab Coast, whose latest full-length, Lab Coast, is being released this May on Britain’s Faux Discx Records. Dadge also appeared on dozens of recordings as a session drummer, spent three years as Theatre Junction’s resident composer, and has been been involved in various collaborations for internationally-shown dance pieces. Since 2004, Dadge has also run Bug Incision, a concert series and record label specializing in various fringe musical genres, especially free improvisation. He’s issued just shy of 100 albums of music from all over the world, presented five years’ worth of monthly concerts, connecting with scores of likeminded musicians from all corners of Canada and beyond, and has collaborated with the likes of Eugene Chadbourne, Jack Wright, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, John Oswald, and Eric Chenaux. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

http://www.bugincision.com/chrisdadge // chrisdadge@gmail.com

What will you show us at The Dream Factory?

My dreams are comprised of elements that, on paper, appear as mundane staple activities of everyday life, but, inserted into the dream world, they are imbued with that queasy, surreal aspect with which any regular dreamer will be familiar. Here, I am presenting the dreamlife of the restless sleeper, dealing in constantly fragmented, tangential images and scenarios, yet all somehow bound together via the skewed filter that dreaming provides.

If you had a dream for the Calgary Arts scene, what would it be?

My dreams for any arts scene is that those in a position to partake in the consumption of the work will value it accordingly, allowing those on the side of production to grow their visions and sustain themselves as artists.

Do you have a recurring dream?

Yes, I have many recurring dreams, but one frequent one involves furiously scrambling to get my equipment set up and ready for the (always-impending) opening night of a show. Reliably dull plot points include realizing that all said equipment is packed up in remote locations, boarding planes/traveling at the last minute, and fielding power-supply issues.

What did you last dream about?

My last dream involved me being in one of the many houses that I return to over and over in different dreams over the years. I have never seen or been in any of the houses (sometimes hotels or old schools) from these dreams, but I always remember them, and where the bathrooms, stairwells, etc are located.

Name 5 things or people you are inspired by.

Richard Youngs, Jim O’Rourke, Jon Brion, Graham Lambkin, Derek Bailey.

Do you dream in colour or black and white?


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