Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.101
Montreal-based duo, photographer & videographer Adrian Villagomez, & producer Apashe recently concluded the creation of Apashe’s new album, Renaissance. Apashe travelled the world to complete the full-length LP, recording a sixty-nine-piece orchestra in the Czech Republic as well as music videos in Japan, Russia & further work at home in Canada. During the making of Renaissance, Villagomez & Apashe produced a documentary on the project & the pressure, stress, deflation & elation of such an enormous creative effort.
Sticks & Stones: What was the last question you asked google? What was the answer?
Adrian Villagomez: Can you own big cats in Canada? Answer: It is banned in most province but there is no regulation in Ontario.
Apashe: I googled David Koresh. I saw the TV show called ‘Waco’ about this cult in Texas in the late 80’s. The dude convinced every girl, minors and married women to sleep with him in the name of God. I was curious to know what he looked like in real life.
Sticks & Stones: Would you ever share your toothbrush?
Adrian Villagomez: I would be okay sharing it with John (Apashe) haha.
Apashe: Depends with who but I have done it in the past and have no issue with that.
Sticks & Stones: Please describe your first kiss.
Adrian Villagomez: I was 15 I think. I had a crush on this girl at a party. Everybody jumped in the public pool near where the party was and we got out, I saw she was kissing this other guy. I stayed there, she stopped kissing and walked straight to med and asked: What are you jealous? I said yes, then we kissed.
Apashe: It might sound strange but I have zero memory of my first kiss nor the few firsts. It actually raises questions about how important they might have been for me lol. I prefer thinking about the last person I kissed.
Sticks & Stones: Last lie you told?
Adrian Villagomez: I was at a party where nobody knew me. So I invented myself a second life in which I was a falcon trainer for the airport wildlife department. Yes it is actually a thing! I had directed a small documentary on the subject, so I knew a lot on this matter.
Apashe: This interview is a lie, I made you believe this was my handwriting but it isn’t. I figured it’s more important for people to be able to read this article than me handwriting it. (Drawings are real tho!)
Sticks & Stones: Last time you barfed?
Adrian Villagomez: I don’t usually barf, last time might have been 10years ago. I do have a lot of stories of John barfing though.
Apashe: Ok so I barf very easily when I drink and I have HORRIBLE stories on tour hungover in airports, plane boardings etc… However with this quarantine thing I haven’t partied for so long that I don’t even remember when was the last time. Knowing me was probably after a show in the hotel room or at the airport lounge.
Sticks & Stones: What’s the weirdest thing you have ever done to impress someone?
Adrian Villagomez: I went on a date and dressed like Neo from the Matrix. It worked.
Apashe: Well this question really makes me feel like my entire existence is boring AF. I have never done anything weird to impress nobody. I suck and wish I had a cool story to tell here.
Sticks & Stones: Can you tell us something about you that we can’t read on the internet?
Adrian Villagomez: I guess only my close friends know that I played the violin for half of my life and then I spent many years being a camp counsellor.
Apashe: I have a third nipple. It’s actually really small. You can barely see it but, due to its colour and placement. I looked online and it’s definitely a nipple. In fact there is about 1% of the population that has and extra nipple and I’m glad to say I’m part of those exceptional ones.
Sticks & Stones: What made you angry this week?
Adrian Villagomez: The inevitable truth: I am getting older, my teenage years are over and I need to act like an adult now… Then, I put the Pokemon theme song on and start dancing in my apartment.
Apashe: A few days ago I had a weird craving to do a puzzle so I went to my mom and grabbed a 500 piece puzzle. I ate edibles and did almost all of it to finally realise there were missing pieces. I felt so betrayed , definitely the angriest highlight of my week.
Sticks & Stones: You have to make me dinner with the contents of your fridge. What do you make me? (P.S – I’m a vegan).
Adrian Villagomez: I am such a bad cook when it comes to vegan food, sorry. Let’s order some Marleys and watch Community?
Apashe: Well it’s usually quite easy as I don’t eat meat at home myself but f*ck I need to get some groceries. I can make you a noodle teriyaki stir fry with tofu and a few vegetables I have left. If you don’t feel it, I can turn it into a coconut curry with the same noodles, tofu and vegetables. I don’t have any desserts but I can offer a good scotch or gin.
Sticks & Stones: 5 things you fuck with RN?
– The first season of True Detective
– 4am Zoom parties (it has to be close friends tho)
– Trying new wine (never been a wine guy, but slowly becoming a wine lover)
– Roger Deakin’s podcast
– Midnight Gospel on Netflix
– Cold-pressed juices
– NPR tiny desk concerts on YouTube
– My dishwasher
– And finally my espresso machine