Denver DJ Peter Black is the founder and curator of the long-running Analog Space events. His DJ style favors eclecticism over conformity, atmosphere over thumping bass. He strives to delight and surprise, and you’ll never have the exact same experience two nights in a row with Peter on the decks. A DJ, designer, promotor and music enthusiast who hides in a record store by day, Peter enjoys cultivating creativity in the spirit of Aestheticism and despises “art for profit.” When possible he practices Plato’s motto: “Everything In Moderation” and craves structure and routine. When he’s not riding his bike at night he can be found at home cleaning his shoes.
On August 26th, Peter will take over the 2700 block of Larimer Street for the Denver AfterDark Music Festival – a celebration of eclectic and under the radar music which also promises to delight and surprise. We’ll be featuring artists from the festival all this week, and hope to see you there on Friday!
Peter provided a soundtrack for his responses, so click play and read on…
1. What is your hometown?
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
Egon Schiele’s painting “The Embrace (Lovers II)”
5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?
The poems of Pablo Neruda.
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
“SMM Context: A Ghostly International Records compilation.” It’s the perfect morning or evening soundtrack to chase away clutter. I’m a constant user of gadgets and technology and they cause enormous stress on hidden levels. I prefer my music to be thought provoking and calming. This compilation feels like forms & architecture are being built in my head. It’s extraordinary minimal electronica that sends ghost shivers through the machine.
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
“The ‘Tree Of Life.” It was like watching Stanley Kubrick’s “2001″ put in a blender with the inauspicious days of youth. Enormously heavy and psychologically intense on so many levels. I had complete empathy for the all the characters and didn’t regard anyone as the villain which would be completely easy to do.
8. Cat person or dog person?
When I was a child my father brought home a cat for a week then decided it was too wild and subsequently the cat disappeared. My 3 sisters and I all cried. It was a terrible day when we discovered he had given the cat away without telling us. It was your classic case of “the cat ran away while you were at school.”
9. What is more important, truth or kindness?
My intuition wants me to say truth as I despise lying. I’ve come to find through life’s tough lessons that maybe the truth isn’t always the best thing for us or really anyone. It can be cold and hurtful despite being concrete. I think there is a fine balance between these words called compassion.
10. How do you define sin?
Never failing. The refusal to ever be wrong.
11. How do you define virtue?
Acting as true to oneself as possible without harm to others. Actions not dictated by consequence rather intention if it improves character.
12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?
A black obelisk with a small photo, Below it reads: “Ancestor of beautiful people. Sustain our legacy.”
Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Everyone I admire.