Who Am I ?
An Introduction to CODY SWANSON
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I front a band called Noisycrane, take photos, and shoot videos. I also write and intern at The L Magazine. Right now the band is working on our upcoming full-length album, and I’m continuing to work to improve my eye for photography and my digital editing abilities.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Louisville, Kentucky where I lived until I was eighteen. Then, I spent four years in Lexington, Kentucky, where I went to college. I moved to Brooklyn after I was graduated. I have no idea where I’m going. I used to worry I’d head back to Kentucky, but now I’m not too upset by that idea. If the timing was right… years from now. I think New York is fine for the time being.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My parents have supported my endeavors my whole life, with love and whatever else they could give. They’re my heroes, simply for being good people to each other, to me, and to everyone they know. My dad is a painter and art gallery owner – anywhere in the country that can be a hard self employment. Through it all, he’s pulled through while still making quality work and showing promising, but risky, younger artists, because he believes in their work.
5: What book is your bible?
I had to go back and answer this last. I don’t know. I don’t really have one. Books like Kim Cooper’s 33 1/3 book, Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” always give me a great perspective. To learn about something I place on such a high pedestal, coming from generally ordinary people… well, it’s great. It’s like meeting your favorite painter and learning they can’t stand ketchup. Or seeing a movie star blindly picking their nose. I dig books (to get back to the question) that humanize the wonderful or awful. It makes the art from those people seem so much more tangible and possible.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love the way the light looks in the early morning or late evening, when even gray buildings glow orange. I love challenging, witty people with deep wells behind their eyes. I love cold wind, or warm wind, or just the feeling of wind at all. I hate when I feel like none of those things matter. I hate even more when I think I might be right.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To help expand the world around me in an interesting and constructive way, while, at the same time, figuring out how to live on a personal and interpersonal level where I can push myself to edge.
8: What is your favorite color?
Most tints and shades of blue I find really great.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’m not really into superheroes or comics, but I grew up loving Swamp Thing, Superman, Batman, and Captain Planet. These are all superheroes that had cartoon shows, so I’m guessing that has something to do with it. Swamp Thing was just weird, but pretty awesome. His whole bad-guy fighting universe was just that one swamp. But the amount of bad things that happened in that swamp…
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I don’t go to many “hot spots”, but I really dig Oasis Falafel. And any cheap bars with a good happy hour near the Morgan or Bedford L train stops. I love when a friend or a random walk takes me to a new place I’ve never been to. Oh, Alligator Lounge on Metropolitan Avenue is pretty great.
11: What turns you on?
Besides sexy people doing sexy things? I guess seeing other people break down their own walls — when someone finally writes that song they’ve been dying to, or finishes a painting, or is just mildly productive — that’s great. It’s wonderful to watch so many of my friends working on all the albums that are coming out in the next few months in Bushwick. Creative, smart, complex people turn me on.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
12 (remix): How many times do you question what you’re doing?
And my answer would be:
A lot, but only in the sense of, “Is this song good enough to actually be a good song?” I don’t think I ever really question what I’m doing as much as how well I’m doing it. I think that’s healthy though, if you don’t destroy yourself. It keeps you hungry to prove you’re wrong.
Cody Swanson posts photos, videos, and writing on his tumblr blog in the vain (double entendre) hope that people will check in from time to time and get something from the interaction. He also plays music in a Brooklyn band called Noisycrane. He likes most grocery store cheeses, hoppy beers, super attractive ladies, and talking in the third person. Hot showers are great but baths make him, usually, feel exhausted.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Cody Swanson
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Cody Swanson self portrait, New York, Bushwisk, 2011, Photography by Cody Swanson