Wax Mage: How did you become interested in oil wheels and how did that lead you to liquid filled records?
Curtis Godino: In High school before I started doing my light show I had seen an add online for a Mathmos oil wheel projector and I bought one. I would just lay in my bed watching it and then I would just hold it in my hands, I was kind of obsessed with the object. A few years ago me and my Drippy Eye partner, Chaz Lord, saved up enough money to buy a brand new Optikinetics oil wheel projector (they are the best kind of those projectors). My original high school oil wheel was 2 colors and about 4 inches. The Opti wheel was 6″ and filled with 4 colors, I was so into it I contacted this guy in England who sent me pieces of glass to make my own. So for a few years I just worked on my liquids, experimenting with tons of different types of liquids, thinners, dyes, glues, additions, etc. But once I was actually pressing my own record for Worthless I realized I could do the same thing I do with the wheels but with records since they were pretty much the same size.
WM: Do you have plans to make liquid filled records more often?
CG: Kinda? I have a job lined up after this Aliens record but would like to get people to start helping me. I would really like to keep venturing in the world of vinyl but at the moment with all the work there is very little time and budget to develop new ideas. There are a few new things I would like to try but it would need to be for specific projects. But as far as doing them more often, I think its nice to do them in these small little bursts. I really want to start working on a record player.
WM: Are there any misconceptions about liquid filled records that you can dispel based on your experience making them?
CG: Well people say they will dry up. I have not seen any of my wheels or any wheels I own do anything like that. Also the liquid I use and the liquids normally used in oil wheels are so viscus that if they are properly sealed there should be no reason for them to dry up.
WM: What do you enjoy most about the recent surge in art-driven vinyl releases?
CG: I think it’s really amazing, especially vinyl being a thing. The format is great, you get a 12″ sleeve to show anything you want. You can actually look at them and appreciate the art not like a tiny little cover in a jewl case cd. Also I think music is always an extension of other mediums and vinyl i think is a package that can include most mediums. You can have a record that has great album art then inside the vinyl can be custom mixed to match that and the sound, and you can stick a flexi in there or a dvd or a poster. You can make an album more of a multimedia experience.
WM: Do you have any records in your personal vinyl collection that you think are particularly beautiful or visually interesting? (If you’re not a vinyl collector, have you seen anything with cool album art or vinyl colors that caught your attention?)
CG: Hmmm, I have a lot of vinyl but not anything crazy. I have a Yellow River Boys “piss yellow” Lp which I like a lot. For colored vinyl I think the nicest one I have is the All My Friends Are Stone LP. Not trying to promote my band but Pirates Press did such and awesome job at mixing those, definitely the prettiest record in my collection. I really love the album art on the early Mothers and Residents records though.
WM: Your band Worthless is pretty awesome. Do you have any intentions of putting out any more releases on colored vinyl?