I’ve been a die–hard music fan since my youth but I began to understand the structure of music when I learned to DJ 12 years ago. After a few years of DJing with vinyl a program called Serato was introduced that allowed me to DJ using MP3s with the same control I had with vinyl. As a bonus though, unlike vinyl, MP3s can be edited and remixed.

My first production endeavours were simple re-edits of songs for improved mixing; my friend John Goff, a lifelong analogue and electronic musician, would help me with these re-edits and indulged me as I became more ambitious with my arrangements. John suggested that we build some original music together so we created some instrumental compositions.

We then serendipitously met Merritt Lear and her former bandmate Joe Cassidy who added incredible vocals, melody ideas, guitar, production and arrangement. We completed two songs, decided to name our project NØISE, and to rush produce a 7 inch for release at my 50 Shades of Black art show. I worked up some art for a screen-printed cover and we cut and glued 500 sleeves to complete the NØISE – Little Lions 45 RPM 7 inch.


Additionally all 500 are signed and numbered but will still be priced at $10… with no added ‘Art Tax’ in sight. You can listen to the music on the turntables provided in the Subliminal Projects gallery or buy it for the art. To be clear though, this is not an art project with music included, it is a music project with art included. We’ll release some stuff digitally eventually but it’s vinyl only for now. – Shepard Fairey


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