Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blip Nation Interview: Meet JimmyDanko                              
Blipper since: July 31, 2009

"Music gives the voices in my head something to dance to. Keeps them from sitting around and talking to themselves too much."

Pete Dulin: What part of the world do you live in?

JimmyDanko: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dulin: What prompted your move to Argentina?

JimmyDanko: To escape the florescent lights of my day job. Have the experience of living in a different country and culture. Pursue a career as an artist. Flip my comfort zone upside down.

Dulin: What makes Blip.FM worth your time?

JimmyDanko: Sharing music with rad people.

Dulin: The title of your blog is Can you cite a musical example of what harmony and dissonance sounds like to you?

JimmyDanko: I gotta go with Modest Mouse and their out of tune guitar sound... Modest Mouse - "When You Breathe Out I Breathe In"

Dulin: Do you listen to music when you are creating - painting, writing, designing?

JimmyDanko:The music is almost always on when I'm in the studio. What I listen to spans the gamut. Most often it is Indie but if I've really needing to focus, but not wanting to be in silence I'll put on something instrumental like Antonio Vivaldi or Yo-Yo-Ma

Dulin: Do you remember the first music you ever purchased? What was it? Format (record, tape, CD, mp3)? Why did you buy it?

JimmyDanko: The first music I ever bought was the cassette tape Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction. I bought it because it was awesome and the album cover was wicked. I still think of that album as the soundtrack to my early teens.

Dulin: How does music, whether playing/listening on Blip.FM or elsewhere, affect your behavior, reflect your mood, or express your personality from day to day?

JimmyDanko: Music gives the voices in my head something to dance to. Keeps them from sitting around and talking to themselves too much.

Dulin: What blipper(s) would you most like to meet in person, if any?

JimmyDanko: Too many to name.

Dulin: If you could blip one song that could reach everyone on the planet, what would you choose?

JimmyDanko: "Good Night Wish" - These United States

Dulin: What song(s) makes you nostalgic? What does it remind you of? 

JimmyDanko: This is the one that makes me miss home the most - "California Stars" - Jeff Tweedy.

Dulin: Favorite crayon color? 

JimmyDanko: Orange (like the Gorilla)

Dulin: Is there a song, album, or artist that was influential at a key point in your life? Can't think of one in particular.

Dulin: When you're feeling mad or anxious or other extreme emotion, do you have a "go to" song or artist to help cope? No one specific, however every month I put together a new mixtape, or these days a "mixed playlist". Whatever is on the latest one is my "coping" music.

Dulin: What song or lyric do you wish you would have written? Why?

JimmyDanko: "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dog. Cause it's badass.

Dulin: Do you listen to local/regional music - live or recorded? If so, who?

JimmyDanko: I definitely miss being around the local music scene in San Diego. Two artists that I had a check to see there who are making bigger waves today and definitely still in my playlist are Anya Marina and Greg Laswell.

Dulin: Tell us about a person, living or dead, that you've never met and would like to paint.

JimmyDanko: I'm gonna go with Jim Henson. Any guy who could create the awesomeness of The Muppets would have to be a trip to be around.

Dulin: Name 5 songs that would be essential on a road trip mix.


Vetiver - The Swimming Song
Jack Johnson - Spring Wind (Greg Brown cover)
Dan Mangan - Road Regrets
Gregory Alan Isakov - 3 a.m.
Bob Dylan - One Too Many Mornings

Pete Dulin is the co-publisher and editor of and writes freelance for magazines, websites, and newspapers. Always looking for the next great song, he can be found in the Blip Nation at He unleashes profound non sequiturs at and publishes creative work at

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