Q: What Do Mogwai, Bon Iver, Converge & True Grit Have In Common? A: Artist Aaron Horkey- An Interview
I think it was around 2002 when I received an email from a guy named Aaron Horkey from Minnesota looking to buy a Cable ‘Northern Failures’ t-shirt. I gave him my address and a week later I received a letter from him in the mail. The first thing I noticed was the handwriting on the envelope, as I’d never seen anything like it. It was really incredible. I sent out his package and followed up with an email, actually asking him if he was a tattoo artist or something. It would be 5+ years until I heard from him again.
Cable was booking our first set of the ‘Three Nights of Noise’ shows in early 2008 and once again I got an email from Aaron, this time asking if we’d be interested in having him design a poster. We had never been approached by anyone to do a poster so this was all new to us but we were definitely very interested. I hadn’t seen any of his work but someone mentioned that he was a really, really amazing artist and that we were lucky to have him work with us. Little did I know until the UPS man delivered the package…I almost fell over.
I had never seen anything like it, and it was ALL DONE BY HAND! The mighty Megaloceros stood brave & proud…it was a real moment for me. It reminded me of why we did this band in the first place. There we stood on the brink of our first few shows in several years, many hurdles overcome, there we also stood like Megaloceros, proud of our legacy but ready to fight once again!
When we arrived to the first show in Wallingford, CT there were already a few cars in the parking lot. We still had to sound check and the show was hours off. It didn’t take long for the first person to approach us and ask “Are you Cable? Do you have the Horkey prints with you”. It was kinda weird, how did this kid know? Then came the next guy and the next guy. People drove from as far as Boston & Providence to get one. I was dumbfounded. Needless to say, it was the same scenario at the other 2 shows and even later in emails and Myspace messages from people all over the world. The run should have been called “Three Nights of Horkey”.
We got smart after the first show though and we wouldn’t sell any out of the van. If you wanted one, you paid the door price because people would just split after they had the print, haha. Aaron went on to do another poster for the 2nd run in October 2008 and also did the cover art & handwriting on our last album ‘The Failed Convict’. He became a member of the band while doing the layouts. We would send him songs to listen to from the studio. I think his visuals really melded together with the music on the album. The entire package has a feeling of gloom leading to redemption. It is my favorite Cable album. Enough of my rambling, please enjoy this wonderful interview with a true master of his craft, an enigma and my friend, Aaron Horkey.
The Failed Convict is available worldwide from The End Records Mail Order or iTunes.www.theendrecords.com
*Note- The following interview was conducted via email- hence its lack of fluidity. My utmost thanks to the very busy Aaron Horkey for taking the time to do it!
The Aaron Horkey Interview
Faith Coloccia- Musician. Photographer. Artist. Record Label Owner. Visionary. Faith and her band Mamiffer are not a household name, and to me, that isn’t such a bad thing. Mamiffer is one of those bands that I’m enamored with and selfishly want to keep all to myself. I don’t want to hear someone at the mall talking about Mamiffer. I know that’s silly, but there’s something very sacred about the way Faith writes, and I’d hate for my relationship with Mamiffer’s music to be compromised by someone who’s picking up the new Drake album along with Mare Decendrii. With all of that pettiness aside, Mamiffer deserves so much more due than they’ve received, which continues to support the fact that the majority of music buyers the world over, still completely have their heads up their asses (oh, did I just say that!?), and honestly, they can stay there. I’ll be here…with Mamiffer, and my opinionated, child like take on this subject.