"I discovered them when I was living in a very strict Christian household. They technically sell under the umbrella of ‘Christian’ music. They’re the strangest band I’ve come across, and the first that made me want to make music."
"Abysmal Thoughts burst out of a breakup. We were both so heartbroken and angry. Then Björk released this beautiful heartbreak record, and it was like salt in the wound. She’s always been a huge influence."
"Part of the downfall of my relationship was this '70s art film. I was hypnotized by it. The boy in it is so beautiful. I might sound like a crazy person, but I wanted to find him—he is not this 18-year-old beautiful boy anymore!"
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"Growing up, all my friends were into Nirvana, while I was picking out albums for the artwork. But this is the most beautiful jazz-infused drum and bass. My first love was electronic music."
"He’s Russian, and a lot of what he makes is glorified gym clothes. In Russia you’ll see bad design and bad logos on a lot of the clothing, and he plays with that idea: sort of brutal, bad prints on gym shorts."
"It’s an Instagram account with a lot of shaved heads, army looks, and naked boys on four-wheelers. It inspired Abysmal Thoughts’s album artwork, which is actually my boyfriend smelling my dirty gym shoe."
"It’s my favorite Instagram account. I’ve always had an obsession with blue-collar lust—two boys who work at a factory and suddenly catch each other’s eyes. I’m just allowing these fetishes to take over in my music."
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"I was still living at home, and they put out this album Avant Hard. It was all analog—dark, aggressive, sexually frustrated–sounding synthesizers. It really got to me."
"I have a copy of Lost Boys that you can barely crack open because I’ve been very busy with that book for many years. I saw Slava at a dinner not too long ago and told him that."