Meet the Band: Patrick Stoops (turntables)
Spinning Comes Naturally: Because of the way he manipulates music, p. stoops (an occasional Scene contributor) isn't your conventional DJ. Given that, he wasn't sure how to describe himself. But he recently played two shows with alternative hip-hop artist Yoni Wolf and decided he can safely call himself a turntablist, the term used to describe DJs who scratch on vinyl records to create new sounds out of old ones. "It was one of the highlights of my life," says Stoops. "He told me to be listed as a turntablist, so I feel confident calling myself that. It's not just spinning records. I take samples and turn them into something else." Stoops got his first set of turntables back in 2000 and has been scratching ever since. "From the get go, I was into the turntablist part of it," he says. "I didn't want to just let records play." He briefly stopped spinning to devote himself to local folk and indie rock bands but came back to the art form while studying music composition at Cleveland State University. "That awoke something in me," he says. "I've been doing electronic music for the past two or three years."
A True Oddity: According to his Facebook bio, Stoops "thrives on obscure oddities." He dug deep into his vinyl collection for last year's The Object Permanence EP. "A lot of the stuff that I sample is from a vinyl record," he says. "I was using a lot of 1950s lounge records from a record collection I inherited."
Aloha: Stoops regularly makes use of Hawaiian slide guitars. "I have a lot of Hawaiian vacation records. They are jokey, but they have interesting percussion on them. I started sampling those and got really into that and found that there is a subculture of exotica records, some of which are Indonesian and Middle Eastern."
Why You Should Hear Him: The new song "Death Face Starter Kit" is the first release from his upcoming full-length album, Ancient Computers. The album is "a head-first dive into the world of Latin rhythms, vinyl cuts, and the mysticism of death," and "Death Face Starter Kit" features snippets of piano. "The new album feeds into my love of storytelling," says Stoops. "I compose for theater as well, and I'm into the idea of music and stories working together. I'll have a corresponding Dungeons & Dragons game. I want the listeners to be engaged and create the story him- or herself. It's cooperative storytelling. It will have a full book that goes with it, and I'm using the same illustrator from my last record. I was glad that was in her wheelhouse." Stoops says the upcoming Beachland show is a "free summer party kind of thing." It coincides with the digital release of the single.
Where You Can See Him: p stoops performs with Half an Animal, Hen Demo and Fyodor Novotny at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at the Beachland Tavern.