Psychedelic Journey: Feed Me on New Tour, EP, & Kill The Noise Collab
Jon Gooch isn’t afraid to show his teeth. As the man behind the devilish alias known as Feed Me, he’s produced a body of work that transcends the typical genre boundaries of electro house and dubstep. Of course, it’s just one part of his multifaceted artistic persona, which also includes his Spor and Seventh Stich alter egos.
Last year, Gooch decided to step away from the world of touring to focus on production, culminating with the release of his debut LP Calamari Tuesday on his own Sotto Voce label. Now, he’s returned to the tour bus for his North American Psychelic Journey tour, kicking off tomorrow at New York City’s Terminal 5 and running through September. We connected with Gooch to discuss the tour’s staggering production and diverse lineup, in addition to his new EP and upcoming projects.
DJ Times: Your Psychedelic Journey tour is about to begin. What went into the conception of it?
Jon Gooch: I suppose you can call it a light sculpture, which I’ve spent the good part of my Feed Me career making. Since the beginning of Feed Me, I’ve been developing how to come into the show visually.
DJ Times: Between the disco of Treasure Fingers, drum and bass of Delta Heavy, and electro of Le Castle Vania, you’ve got a pretty diverse set of support acts. What went into selecting them?
Gooch: It’s always a question of availability; it’s not easy to tour in the summer. I like to tour with people whose music I like. You come to the show and get a kaleidoscope of sound. I want each set to give you something different. I’ve been to shows where each performer wants to smash the set before the other, which doesn’t give the audience the proper experience. With this tour you’re getting stylistic variation from the event.
DJ Times: What’s your live gear setup for the upcoming tour?
Gooch: It’s an 11 by 11 foot light sculpture based around the Feed Me concept, with screens surrounded by dynamic lightning. It’s powered by Ableton, lights coordinate with the music, control over the lighting and colors. It’s completely dynamic, and we are tweaking it and evolving as we go.
DJ Times: You recently released the Feed Me’s Psychedelic Journey EP. What inspired its creation?
Gooch: My latest EP was written over the course of my time off from touring. It consists of four tracks, representing in chronological and stylistic order: consideration, recuperation, awakening and transcendence. “Patience” is my frustration at having to stop, and a reflection on the past. “Time for Myself” is a reconnection with my energy and humor. “Alarm Clock” is a stride into new territory and a reminder of why I love what I do. “Without Gravity” is being comfortable in my skin again.
DJ Times: Your album Calamari Tuesday was a big success last year. Are you working on a follow-up?
Gooch: I got the EP out recently, and then I’ve got a single with Kill the Noise. I’m working on a music video for the whole package. We recorded vocals ourselves of school children for the track. I’ve never been so intimidated by an audience. Tiny school children staring at you is definitely a scare. They’re judging you and don’t give a shit since you don’t hold any weight in their environment. It went really well, and I’m very proud of the track. I’ve got maybe another single coming, since I’m in the middle of an album. I’m focusing on more vocalists and am really trying to push myself for this one.
DJ Times: There was a storm of publicity when you retired from DJing last year. What led you to get back to touring?
A couple of blogs gave me that label. It’s as if some sleepy raver in Tallahassee decided that label for me. Because of the way the industry works, I kept having an increasing amount of DJ work in my calendar. I looked at my calendar one day when it was crammed after straight touring for two years. After saying I needed more time, I had to seize control by going online and saying this. It was about putting my foot down and putting some time into the music. Now I’m back to touring again, and I’m especially excited for the last half. Back on the bus!
DJ Times: You recently launched your own label Sotto Voce. What have been the benefits of creating it?
It’s been great. It’s not the first time I’ve run a label. During my first project in drum and bass, I ran one. It feels great to be independent. I can get my own drummer and figure out my own show. It’s nice to have your own island and be able to give the opportunity to people you believe in. I’m really pleased in how our branding has gone and how it’s taking off. I’m excited for people who are coming through, especially if I have an influence on them. It’s a really rewarding feeling.
The full set of dates for the Psychedelic Journey are below, and tickets are available here.
Feed Me Psychedelic Journey Tour Dates
Sat-Aug-02 New York NY Terminal 5 w/ TJANI
Sun-Aug-03 Toronto ON Veld Festival (DJ Set)
Thu-Aug-07 Atlanta GA Center Stage w/ Treasure Fingers and TJANI
Wed-Aug-06 Nashville TN Cannery Ballroom w/ Treasure Fingers and TJANI
Fri-Aug-08 Orlando FL Firestone w/ Treasure Fingers and TJANI
Sat-Aug-09 Fort Lauderdale FL Revolution w/ Treasure Fingers and TJANI
Sun-Aug-10 Tampa FL The Ritz Ybor w/ Treasure Fingers and TJANI
Wed-Aug-13 Philadelphia PA Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Thu-Aug-14 Boston MA House of Blues w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Fri-Aug-15 Washington DC 9:30 Club w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Wed-Aug-20 Minneapolis MN First Avenue w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Thu-Aug-21 Milwaukee WI The Rave w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Fri-Aug-22 Royal Oak MI Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Delta Heavy and TJANI
Sat-Aug-23 Chicago IL Aragon Ballroom w/ Delta Heavy and Zeros
Tue-Aug-26 Boulder CO Boulder Theater w/ Delta Heavy and Zeros
Wed-Aug-27 Denver CO Ogden Theatre w/ Delta Heavy and Zeros
Fri-Aug-29 Dallas TX House of Blues w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Sun-Aug-31 Houston TX House of Blues w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Tue-Sep-02 Albuquerque NM El Rey Theatre w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Wed-Sep-03 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Thu-Sep-04 San Diego CA SOMA w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Fri-Sep-05 Los Angeles CA Shrine Exposition Hall w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Sat-Sep-06 San Francisco CA Warfield Theater w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Tue-Sep-09 Portland OR Roseland Theater w/ Le Castle Vania Zeros
Wed-Sep-10 Seattle WA Paramount Theater w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Fri-Sep-12 Calgary AB Flames Central w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros
Sat-Sep-13 Edmonton AB Encore at WEM w/ Le Castle Vania and Zeros