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interview // nathan smart

What the science about the your name?

Audio Visual is what we give to the listener. We have audio on record and  visual on stage. Actually, we're just a bunch of nerds and just like the  A/V room at your high school, we run things.

What motivated you to get into this industry?

Money and power. I like the idea of having the power to control your thoughts. When we record we also put a small low track of words telling you things to do, just like in the Paul Revere song on Saved by the Bell. Other than that, hip hop is so fun and it's just an avenue where we can express our humor and have fun too.

What was your first single/recording?

I used to be in a group called The Subculture Deviants and we recorded an EP called the Anthill. It was wack. If you find a copy, burn it and used it
to grill hotdogs with. Very tasty.

What was your favorite single/recording you did?

The last song I recorded, "You and Yours," is my favorite song. I love the beat and it's just a feel good song.

Any of your songs on your new album come from real life?

No. It sounds funny but it's true. Most of our stuff is comical and we play different characters in each one. I guess you could say that every character we create has a little bit of ourselves in them but for the most  part it's all fun. Our motto is "We are what we aren't."

What should we expect from you in the future?

Well, right now we're still deciding on group members and all that, but we
will be dropping a single soon, hopefully. We want to move more towards
production because that's our forte.

What instruments do you use?

Turntables, bass guitar, MPC2000, jaw harp, jug, axe

How would you classify your style as an artist?

We're basically just a comedy act. We love hip hop and that's how we display our comedy. Our style is just fun hip hop. Having fun. That's what we're all about. Oh, and the money and power thing too.

What artist(s) have you not worked with, but would like to?

I don't know, the usuals. The big artists that everyone loves. Prince, Sade, Billy Joel, that guy from the Micro Machines commercials. You know, no one special. Right now, I'm working with the people that I love - Soulheir the manCHILD, Braille, Relentless, The Procussions, Playdough, etc.

Growing up, who do you think was a few of your biggest musical influences?

I loved Native Tongues. I was bigtime into LONS and Black Sheep and stuff like that. They were just the epitome of hip hop to me. I was raised on TV as a child so sitcoms and comedy really influenced me in subject matter.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Well, I hope to be doing some kind of comedy writing whether it be for a paper like The Onion or for a small TV show or something. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm going to let God open the doors and then I'll step through. I hope to move to Chicago and go to the ImprovOlympic school of improv comedy. That would be fresh. Also, hopefully we'll have our first single out, at least.

What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?

Not having the money to do what you need. I have no money to live, let alone record and manufacture vinyl. I don't care about turning a profit just so long as I can put out what I want. Wait. Did I just say that I don't care about turning a profit? Scratch that. I forgot what I said earlier. I don't want to be a hypocrite, you know?

What would the ultimate reward for you be?

Being able to say, "Live from New York, It's Saturday Night Live!" That would be the ultimate thing.

What message are you trying to get across to fans?

I want people to have fun. I just want people to really enjoy what they're listening to and have a good time. It's all about that. Enjoyment.

What is your favorite Bible verse(s)?

Matthew 6:33-34

What is your favorite children's bible story?

Noah's Ark

Do your friends and look at you differently now?

No, I don't think so. I've always been a retard and now I'm just acting on it.

If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?

Billy Joel - 52nd Street, Deep Puddle Dynamics, Boom Bip & Dose One - Circle, Ropeladder 12...as you can tell, I just got back from Scribble Jam. Personally what does hiphop mean to you?

Hip hop is my form of entertainment, my hobby, my style of dress, my appreciation for art. Listening to hip hop has opened my mind to a lot of  stuff and I'm thankful for it.

Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?

Jesus Christ. I mean, I go my whole day finding ways that I can be like him and it's so hard, but he influences everything I do.

On a material level, Andy Kaufman, lately, has really had a big effect on me. I've been reading Bob Zmuda's book about him and it's just blowing my mind how he is. I've really patterned my thinking around him. It's weird.

How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?

It will probably make them scratch their heads. Everything I do is based on nonsense and it shows.

If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?

I would have world peace, oh, and the world's biggest hot dog. That would be dope.

If you could have any super human power, what would it be?

I think it would be to control people's thoughts like a jedi. That would be cool because I would be like, "Do you like my music?" And then they would be like, "No." And then I would say, "You like my music." And they would say, "I like your music." That would be pretty sweet.

What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?

Don't fall for the ninth hole at 9 trick. I fall for it every time. I always think they are going to have a party there. But they don't! The jerks.

How can your fans contact you?




Any last words?

Yeah, um, Mom? I'm in jail. Can you come bail me out?


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