Who Am I ?
SYLVESTER DRAGGON JR.
1. Who am I?
My name is Sylvester Draggon Jr. and I am a classical pianist and composer inspired by video games from the late 80s and early 90s. And I somehow have a degree in animation and game design.
2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Aside from teaching piano privately I’m currently working on “Blackpoet” a chiptunesque album influenced by some fond childhood memories, perverted desires and (of course) video games. I’m also working on various sets of classically-oriented piano suites like that of Bach and Rameau, with my own modern twist.
For the past couple of months I’ve been collaborating with a Brooklyn songwriter on her studio album coming out in the near future; her voice is like creamy, airy butter. It’ll be my first time recording in a real studio!
3. Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn by a very large Jamaican family, despite being the only child on my mom’s side. Though I’m living in Queens now, sometime in the future I see myself living in Japan and in France, temporarily.
4. Who is your biggest hero?
As much as I’d love to say myself, I’d have to say no one in particular. I admire everyone individually for who they are and for how they love.
5. What book is your bible?
If I could put all of Chopin’s works in a single book I would call it my bible. Chopin’s music, especially his later masterpieces are just a part of my spirit. I play his études in the morning, his scherzos in the afternoon, his other works throughout the day whenever I have free time; I basically live by his music because it’s something I can emotionally relate to. I listen to his music more times than he has heard them himself!
6. What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love the rain, I love the clouds, the snow, the smell of fresh laundry, seeing the trees change their ways, people watching, being alone and in quiet settings (but I also love intimate settings and being in the midst of people too).
I hate being shunned and pushed away. I also hate saying the word goodbye.
7. What is your raison d’être?
To discover all of my emotions as humanely possible and to experience them unadulterated.
8. What is your favorite color?
Pink, especially warmer variations of pink.
9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I always liked Spiderman because his lanky physique.
10. What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I’m the dull type that enjoys visiting coffee shops and staying home when all my friends go out and whatnot.
11. What turns you on?
The kind of ordinary that makes you take a second look.
12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Are you the same person you were 5 years ago? 2 years ago?
Sylvester Draggon Jr. is an American pianist and musician performing chiptune music under the name sylcmyk.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography by Sylvester Draggon Jr
Design by Mina Darius
Self portrait by Sylvester Draggon Jr.