Ben: Hello Cory. Based on your musical output as of late, you seem to be staying pretty busy. What does a typical quarantine day look like for you?
Cory: I set up a little studio in my basement, so my commute is just some stairs now. Way less traffic. I’ve still been mixing records, working on some new tunes and scoring a film. I definitely take more breaks now because my backyard and kitchen are both pretty solid distractions. I got a hummingbird feeder so I’ve been hanging out with those little rippers a bunch.
Ben: What can you tell us about the two COVID-19 compilations you’ve contributed to?
Cory: The first one, “F is for Flakes,” is an ambient music collection that was put together by my friend Brendon Anderegg in Brooklyn and released by Thrill Jockey. Everyone made something in F. Really great tracks on that comp, and a gorgeous video too. Proceeds go to National Domestic Workers Alliance.
The other one is called the “Golden Sounds of Covid 19” that my pals Greg Olin, Curly Cassettes and Perpetual Doom compiled. A bunch of people I know and a bunch I don’t. Twenty-eight different songwriters tasked to record a reaction to the quarantine times in their own way. Really all over the map. I volunteered to master the comp so I got a lot of listens in. Some very rad stuff. My track is pretty goofy but I had tons of fun making it, and recruited Ryan Stively to play the shortwave radio and ebo guitar and Brian Wright to email me some midi drums. All proceeds for that one go to the Covid-19 Fund at Sweet Relief
Ben: What are you enjoying most about sheltering in place? Have you been going days without showering, doing a lot of day drinking and wearing pajamas all day?
Cory: I really thought at first my sweatpants were on to stay. But as time rolls on it turns out that I have a hard time focusing on making music without putting my jeans on. Honestly I feel kinda ripped off. And yeah day drinking for sure, not that it’s an entirely new concept to me.
Ben: As a working musician, have you taken a financial hit from performance or tour cancellations?
Cory: Oh yeah, big time. I had a year of cool things to do that were all cancelled. Well postponed, hopefully. I was looking forward to some recording sessions and a cool festival out in Montana, and a summer European tour. Fingers crossed for 2021.
Ben: What’s one thing you’re looking forward to doing once this whole apocalyptic pandemic thing passes?
Cory: Mosh pits and orgies and public transportation. But other than that it’s just been a bummer not getting to play music with my pals. I’m really missing that. And traveling too. And restaurants. But I have it pretty good here with a yard and whatnot and I like to cook so I’m not complaining. There is a lot to be upset about with the handling of this pandemic situation, and the injustices and inequalities and all that, but once we get started on that stuff it’s hard to stop.