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Interview: Feed Me Talks New Album, Solo Label Launch And More

If there were a set of guidelines on how to be successful in the dance music world, Jon Gooch, also known by his mischievous moniker, Feed Me, surely wouldn’t follow them. In fact, he might tear them up just for kicks. Keeping with the beat of his own drum, Jon now is launch his own label, Sotto Voce which will release the newest Feed Me album, ‘Calamari Tuesday’ on October 14th. VIBE feeds on his brain in this interview, in which Gooch opens up about Sotto Voce, the Calamari Tuesday album, parting ways with Mau5trap, squids and more.

VIBE: With the creation of Sotto Voce, will it be your full time label or will you work on mau5trap more in the future?
Feed Me: I'm not against working with mau5trap again but I'm primarily invested in building my own world. I've always enjoyed conversations I've had with Joel, and it was a good platform to get my music out there, but as a label mau5trap felt passive.

Fans love the fantasy of it being a crew, but we weren't riding in a jeep drinking orange mocha frappuccinos (or a Ferrari to Tim Hortons) or anything. I just handed in music and it came out. With the exception of the Spell I have no idea if he liked any of the music I released on there. That's not what running an indie label is about to me.

What do you want Sotto Voce to present to the music world? Will the label be a solution to certain current problems with the industry or will it be more of your personal escape from the presence of working under a larger label?
I want it to represent my attitude towards music and be a proper platform where I can really showcase people what I believe in. The people I tour and exchange ideas with, who you get to kind of journey with through your life, if you're immersed in it all then it becomes your extended family. SoVo will be the second time I've built up a crew and brand from nothing, I know from experience how much it means to people to feel united and also be able to see that you're actively interested in your artists and working together.

With the mentioning on your twitter last spring that you would be done DJ’ing for a while by this autumn… which is now, how do you plan to market and promote the album aside from good PR work (such as what we are doing right now)? Will you focus on a live show?
No shows scheduled. I'd rather come back and tour album number 2 if anything. I know it goes against the grain of the typical album PR machine but I also knew I really needed this gap to work on things. If we bring back the live show I want to make sure we've developed it in some way. We pushed the Teeth show to the limit of what could be done and developed new technology to do it, I want to make sure we keep achieving and doing something special.

The character Feed Me and the character for Spor are somewhat menacing personas. Is this a form of release for you through the characters?
I see Feed Me more as an eccentric and mischievous. There wasn't really a character for Spor which was part of the reason for creating Feed Me, I wanted that projection of myself to pour ideas into. It doesn't scare my niece anyway and she's 3, man up bruv.

If Feed Me met Spor, what would that interaction be like?
Like eating six of the ten most decadent pastries ever conceived.

When did you decide you wanted to do the full length album and what inspired this decision?
I've always wanted to do a full length, it feels good to get the first hurdle over with. I'd always rather work in album format, it's an actual statement to the world, regardless of how changes in media evolve how people can buy them, you're still laying out a portfolio of you and saying 'this is me, now'.

This album seems to go through a lot of phases and sentiments as you listen to it from beginning to end. If it could talk, what kind of story would Calamari Tuesday tell us?
Ever since I 'became' Feed Me it's been one long adventure, and my life accelerated exponentially compared to its pace as Spor. It's trying to reflect that, when I look at the memories I have from it all, collectively it's dynamic and colourful, moving but hopefully never taking itself too seriously.

Is Feed Me a frequenter of Calamari? Or does he simply prefer liquor and cigarettes?
Any reference to Calamari is abstract. It's a sensitive subject. Squids are intelligent. Personally I can't get into cigarettes, I keep trying but it doesn't agree with me. Any advice?

In a digital age, its very less frequent we see a full length album like this when someone can simply pick and choose individual songs as they please. What inspired you to make a full length album like this knowing that that may be the case?
I grew up on albums, I'd listen to an album like I'd sit and watch a film. I'm all for advocating attention span, it's worrying when people can't let go of constantly drip feeding minor stimulation to themselves. I'm sure people might pull out one or two tracks but hopefully the record is more rewarding for those that don't.

In what way did John Nolan bringing your image of Feed Me to life inspire you as a musician?
Art and music in my head is all squished together, anything that reinforces the world I live in as Feed Me in new ways always has a knock on effect musically. I can't wait to introduce it more in film.

In what ways have you seen Feed Me grow as a character since his conception? Has he matured or has he simply become more wild and fierce in his years?
I'd say the whole project has a been a process of refinement, distillation and self-analysis. So yeah I'd say he's a bit more of a gentleman and a little more reflective. But also destructive, sarcastic and apathetic. Pretty sure he's highly sceptical of 'EDM' also.

What’s next for Feed Me adventures?
I'm working on album number 2, and working closely with new talent for Sotto Voce also. Things are in motion for a short film project which I'm excited about, featuring me and Feed Me, I want to tell a bit about the story of how we met. At some point I want to start looking into doing another live tour, but we'll see how that goes.

While it might be unclear when we will see Feed Me tearing up music halls and venues across the US again, this much we know, whatever happens is under Jon Gooch’s own graces; free from outlying pressure and expectations of the dance music community. In an industry that is in many ways becoming centered in producing, ‘what sells now’, Feed Me refuses to fall in line. Be sure to pick up Calamari Tuesday on October 14th.

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George Floyd Died From Homicide By Asphyxiation, Independent Autopsy Finds

George Floyd was asphyxiated to death from “sustained forceful pressure” that cut off blood flow to his brain, according to an independent autopsy performed by medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson.

The 46-year-old father died from “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain,” civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced on Monday (June 1).

“Sustained pressure on the right side of Mr. Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe,” reads a statement posted to Crump’s Twitter account. “The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs, and positioning, were contributory factors because they impeded the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”

The autopsy also found that Floyd “died at the scene” and not at a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Fired Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck ass he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading for air. Two additional officers were helping to apply pressure to Floyd's body, while a fourth officer stood and watched. Chauvin was arrested on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges last week. The other officers, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kuen and Tou Thao, have not been arrested.

“For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse. Beyond question, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by fired officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body from two additional officers kneeling on him,” Crump said. “Mr Floyd’s death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes. And the officer who stood by doing nothing was a physical blue shield — a living symbol of the code of silence.”

Floyd’s family ordered the private autopsy after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office claimed that his death was caused by pre-existing health conditions.

“What we found is consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death,” said Dr. Baden. “Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breath. That’s not true.”

Global protests continued to call for justice in the murders of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police brutality and racial violence.

Read the full autopsy statement below.

 

Independent medical examiners determined #GeorgeFloyd’s death was due to asphyxia from sustained forceful pressure. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/cIbWu8ssWX

— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) June 1, 2020

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Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Urging Peaceful Protests Amid Unrest In Atlanta

Killer Mike joined T.I., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in delivering emotional pleas to discourage ATLiens from burning the city as protests broke out on Friday (May 29) in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless victims of police brutality.

“I don’t want to be here,” began Killer Mike. “I’m the son of an Atlanta city police officer, my cousin is a police officer…I got a lot of love and respect for police officers down to the original eight [Black] police officers in Atlanta that, even after becoming police, had to dress in a YMCA because white officers didn’t want to get dressed with ni**ers. And here we are, 80 years later and I watched a white officer assassinate a Black man and I know that tore your heart out. I know it’s crippling and I have nothing positive to say in this moment because I don’t want to be here.”

The Atlanta native went on to share background on his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and other social justice issues. “I’m duty-bound to be here to simply say, 'It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy.’”

In what turned out to be another viral moment, Tip called Atlanta “Wakanda” while imploring demonstrators not to destroy the city. “Atlanta has been here for us, this city don’t deserve that. I understand that a lot of others do, but we can’t do this here, this is Wakanda. It’s sacred. It must be protected,” said the 39-year-old rapper.

Mayor Bottoms simply told protestors to simply “go home.”

“Above everything else, I am a mother to four Black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” she said. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. Yesterday, when I heard there was a rumor about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do: I called my son and I said ‘where are you?’ I said ‘I cannot protect you and Black boys shouldn’t be out today.’ So you’re not going to out-concern me, and out care about where we are in America.

“I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

WATCH: "If you love this city, go home!" https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/v9IEBVoXpB

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Bottoms, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County, and deployed 500 troops from the state's national guard.

They will deploy immediately to assist @ga_dps, @GaDNRLE, @GA_Corrections & local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation. (2/2)

— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 30, 2020

See Killer Mike's full statement below as well as photos and video of the protests.

A powerful scene in Atlanta right now, this gives me chills. pic.twitter.com/SK7oOvzs8g

— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) May 29, 2020

More shots from Atlanta tonight pic.twitter.com/TmUmW5nXxZ

— kieron (@kieroncg) May 30, 2020

The chief of police in Atlanta talking and listening to everyone that has something to say#ATLFORUS #AtlantaProtest pic.twitter.com/qirbQRgViU

— Lilly - BLACK LIVES MATTER (@joonhopekook) May 29, 2020

It’s not just Minneapolis, we are now seeing protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd. This is in Atlanta as some smash the glass at our downtown CNN headquarters. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/iwJxFaUfxW

— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 30, 2020

Police cars getting literally destroyed in Atlanta outside the CNN Center pic.twitter.com/x5zRxZVQpb

— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

Downtown Atlanta right now.... PEACEFUL PROTEST ! #BlackLivesMatter ! pic.twitter.com/6nejzqccVE

— KP 🦋. (@kailynnlee) May 29, 2020

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Vows To Continue Fight For Justice: “Please Keep Saying Her Name”

Breonna Taylor must not be forgotten. The family of the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, released a statement encouraging peaceful protests and the continued fight for justice.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the statement from Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on CNN on Friday (May 29).

“Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile, and to bringing people together,” the statement reads. “The last thing she’d want right now is any more violence. Changes are being made, but it’s not enough. We will not stop until there is truth, justice and accountability. Breonna’s legacy will not be forgotten. And it’s because of all of us saying her name and demanding justice. We are saying her name more each day. Thank you.

“Please keep saying her name. Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can, and we will make some real change here. Now’s the time. Let’s make it happen.”

Seven people were shot during a protest for Taylor in Louisville on Thursday (May 28). The shooting victims were treated and are in stable condition, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher. Fisher also reposted a video message from Taylor’s family urging peace amid the protests.

A message from Breonna Taylor’s family urging protestors to be peaceful, go home and keep fighting for truth. pic.twitter.com/if5MH5UcCW

— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) May 29, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Louisville police officers kicked in Taylor’s door without warning and opened fire. Authorities claim that they were executing a “no-knock” search warrant stemming from an alleged drug investigation involving another man who did not live in Taylor’s home, and had already been arrested.

“Police just unloaded 25 to 30 rounds, I mean they’re shooting from the front door, they’re shooting from the window, they’re shooting from the patio,” attorney Benjamin Crump told Essence on Friday. “They’re so reckless, they shoot a bullet into the next door neighbor’s apartment where their five-year-old daughter is asleep in her room. “They didn’t even have to come in her [Taylor's] apartment. They already had the person they were searching for in custody.”

Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD accusing the department of excessive force and gross negligence. In wake of Taylor’s murder going public, LMPD has changed its policy and will now require no-knock warrants to have a police chief’s signature. The department also made it mandatory for LMPD officers to wear body cameras.

A 911 call made by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after the shooting was made public on Thursday. “I don’t know what’s happening somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker can be heard saying through tears. Police arrested Walker for shooting at cops whom he assumed were robbers. The charges were later dropped.

Listen to the emotional 911 call below.

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