[DANIEL ALEXANDER INTERVIEW]
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MATTHEW SHERLING: what inspired you to write this first book? (http://raddddd.com/)
DANIEL ALEXANDER: i’ve been wanting to write a book for the longest time. over the past year and a half i started writing on twitter. getting my creativity out and really focusing on making things sound good in under 140 characters was fun for me. it was sort of a game, every night before bed for about an hour i would just lay there and write out tweets. most of these tweets i just saved and never posted. i came around to finding ‘hunter payne’ from huntermadeit and saw he had a book coming out and started talking to him about it and finally decided i could actually write a book if i took the time to do it. he helped me a lot in the process of getting it all done and i am thankful for that.
MS: what is your vision for it?
DA: i wanted this book to be a book you could just pick up and flip to any page and read. personally big novels arnt that exciting for me but after looking at hunter paynes book writing a book didnt seem that hard. basically this is a twitter book jacked up to the max. after i i had almost 500 tweets saved up i went and imported them on my computer. i would sit down and go through the tweets and pick one i wanted to write about that night and went to work on it. spent about an hour to an hour and a half on each poem.
MS: what’s your perception of ‘alt lit’?
DA: i like the writing and its the first kind of writing i could actually get into. but i think the community it what makes ‘alt lit’ gr9. i have met a lot of cool people through it. everyone in it loves to support each other and thats a great thing to have. before discovering ‘alt lit’ about 3 months ago i was just on twitter doing my own thing but now im interacting with so many people every day. its always fun. i love the ‘alt lit’ community.
MS: further, where do you think the internet is ‘taking us’?
DA: the internet is building up so fast, there is so much content on it every day and sometimes its hard to keep up with it. it is bad in that sense but also good in another. the internet is an awesome place to discover new things, interact with others, and just having fun on it. i am so happy i can make stuff irl and share them url and people all around the world can watch/listen/read it and give me feedback on it. i think in the future the internet will be implanted in us. cyborgs 2049.
MS: tell us about your show on ‘spreecast.’
DA: 'snackti.me' is an internet show i started a month ago. i do it every saturday at 6pm central. the first show i had a lot of technical issues due to very bad weather and the power going out 3 times. it was fun though. snackti.me is an internet show where people get to interact with me and also actually come onto the show. ive had lots of readings and live music shows on snackti.me. its not just me on it, anyone can be on it. which i think people like. its a lot of fun doing it. all of it gets recorded as well which i love. you know, just having fun on the internet.
MS: tell us about your music making.
DA: i make synth music. i have been playing the keyboard for about 4 years. i have taught myself everything i know. i usually practice on my synth for about an hour a day. usually at night, in the dark. for my first year i played on a yamaha psr 3 i found in my sisters closet. then upgraded to a micro korg xl. and recently just bought a kaosillator pro. when i make my music i usually pick a theme whether it be water, space, or clouds. just random things that will influence me. i can make a song in about 10 minutes but usually play it over and over for about an hour perfecting it. i record a song straight out of my synth. i dont do any editing at all with it. its all played / recorded live. which makes every song different when i play them live which is pretty neat to me.
MS: I saw the poems the mysterious ‘peterbd’ sent you, about you. I enjoyed these poems. what do you think about this trend of anonymity?
DA: i enjoyed them a lot as well! i read them when i woke up one morning as i was going through my email and was really taken back by how good they were. i had no idea who peterbd was until i posted about it a few days later. i learned he is a mysterious person that writes poems / short stories about people. i feel honored to be written about by him. i think anonymity can be gr9, one of my favorite anonymous writer is beach sloth. very cool dude, but very mysterious when it comes to him in irl. hope to meet him one day!
MS: lastly, as a snack connoisseur, what is your favorite snack & why?
DA: i recently wrote about my my top 20 snacks. you can actually just search ‘snckpck top 20 snacks’ in google and the list will come up. my favorite snack has to be a snack pack because i mean what the hek why wouldn’t it be, that is my ‘name’. it was one of my first favorite snacks ever since i can remember. i eat so many of them it is kinda scary, but i guess i eat so many snacks so its okay. i wrote about collecting all my empty snackpack cups i have been saving since 2007 and making a spaceship out of them in my book (seriously wish i had / could do that).
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