I booked Mobby RenDoza at the Green Room before, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was a great performance, and I’m super happy to have him back this Saturday! We talked a bit about his improvisational show style and the complex sounds he makes, and you can hear it for yourself below. Read on, then come out to see the show this Saturday.
I was kind of blown away by your set, and then at the end you commented how it was mostly improvised, which just completely blew my mind. Do you improvise all of your sets?
Yes. If I play a song I’ve written before, I try to play it in some kind of different way, sort of a remix. I’m more interested in making stuff up all the time; that way I don’t get bored. I have ideas of what I want to play ahead of time, so I kind of know where I want to go with it, but I don’t plan out set lists. When I tried to before, I’d have this notebook and write down all these titles of songs that don’t exist, and then when I was playing I’d look at the book and make up songs for each of the titles.
You make a lot of noise for one man up there. Can you talk a little bit about what you use and how you make that happen?
I’m interested in taking all of the really subtle sounds out of the guitar, and mixing those sounds differently – using them in a different way. I like the soft sounds that come out of the guitar, so I basically try to make those louder so I can make the rhythm parts on a loop station, and then just go from there. The loop station I have is five tracks, and it has some effects on it that can manipulate the rhythm in different ways, and textualize and color things in different ways.
I also have this thing called a PorchBoard. It’s kind of an idea that was made after a cigar shop box that you see used in country and western music a lot, but instead of having a microphone in a box, they basically made this sub-bass pick-up kind of thing. It really gives a nice, natural sound. I have that running into some delay to make it sound differently. I can get a natural heartbeat kind of sound, or a really good fuzz to ground all the music down. Everything except the bass drum parts from the PorchBoard comes from the guitar.
Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect at Saturday’s show?
Psychedelic guitar, with a flamenco flavor. Some changing soundscapes with bass-y dance rhythms. I’ve been painting this image, or movie, in my mind, and I’m going to play a soundtrack to that. A bunch of changing landscapes. Pictures of Earth and shit, in strange colors. I’m going to bring some mood lighting to change colors in the space, but nothing too crazy.
Saturday, 6/7 at the Green Room
with Brittle Branches and Volutes
21+ | $5 | Doors at 9, Show at 9:30
Get tickets HERE