Wyrd Question Daze: An interview with Gilead

My name is Gilead and I’m a fantasy artist which ain’t the same thing as being an illustrator.  Illustrators read stories and follow directions and make art that goes with the story and are friendly professional people. Artists are the most cussedly disagreeable critters you ever met who just make art and it’s anyone’s guess whether it would go with a story or not and furthermore they just don’t care. But sometimes an author will write a story to go with my art and I like that a lot.

This is the cover to New Edge Sword and Sorcery Magazine which I painted using oils, cussin’ and hair pulling.  I reckon it came out passable in the end. ‘Neath that Is the cover to Ziggurats and Tentacles which is a collection of my sword and sorcery sketches which I’m currently working on. 

Plus here’s a couple samples of the drawings in the book.
You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GileadArt
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/gileadtheartist/
And Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Gilead

Where did you come from and where are you going? 

Well I done lots of jobs in my hometown of Prescott Arizona, mostly in factories and none worth talkin’ about.  Then I decided to become an artist like I’d always wanted so I moved to Phoenix cuz my money wouldn’t get me any farther away than that.  There I became a sign painter for twenty two years, which may have been twenty years too long, but I liked it well enough until there was one of them economies and I couldn’t get work no more. So I decided to do the one thing I’d always wanted ever since I was a kid, which was to become Frank Frazetta or as much like him as I could manage.

What preoccupies your mind these days?

I’ve gotten old and there’s a heap of projects I want to finish before I die so I’m just trying to plough on through them.

Name a favourite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell 

Women. Same answer to all five.

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares

When I was a kid I was somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be and there was a giant black bull there to tell me so.  I ran for  my life and he went after me and made that amazing sound they make that’s like a snort and a bellow all at once right down the back of my collar.  That wasn’t a dream, that really happened, but to this day I’ll be having some ordinary dream and then I hear that sound behind me and suddenly I’m running for my life.

Have you ever had an uncanny experience? 

One day I saw a really big lizard. How big? I don’t tell people anymore, they call me a liar, which is understandable, but then they tell stories about the ghost of their dead granny or flying saucers or psychics and they get mad if I don’t believe them. Now I ask you which story is the most improbable: a ghost or a big lizard?

How does your sense of place affect the way you express yourself? 

The older I get the more I realise that where you are becomes who you are. You can’t help it, the weather, the distance to the nearest shopping, availability of jobs, it affects all of your decisions and priorities and becomes how you see the world.

What has particularly touched or inspired you recently?

Because of quarantine I haven’t been out much so I’ve turned inward. I went back to the old Sword and Sorcery stories that I read when I was young and then went on line looking for more. I only expected to find a deep dark lonely cave to crawl in and hide. But, quite unexpectedly, what I found was a community of like minded people who had had the same reaction to the covid era.  For so many of us Sword and Sorcery is a sort of literary comfort food.  I don’t care if it’s good for me or not, don’t judge me I’m in quarantine, leave me alone.  Better yet grab a book, pull up a chair (mind your social distancing) and let’s talk about Conan and Frazetta art and all the new anthologies.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke

There was an old stone ring in the woods up along Bosky Creek where I grew up. People said it was a fairy ring and that if you slept inside it years would pass and you’d be an old man when you woke up in the morning. Well sir I slept in the ring when I was a lad and years have gone by and I was an old man when I woke up this morning. And that’s as true a tale as was ever told down Bosky Creek.

Gilead will be contributing art to future issues of New Edge Sword & Sorcery Magazine

New Edge Sword & Sorcery “takes the genre’s virtues of outsider protagonists, thrilling energy, wondrous weirdnes, and a large body of classic tales, then alloys inclusivity, mutual creator support, a positive fan community, and enthusiastic promotion of new works into the mix “

The Kickstarter for issues 1 + 2 began on Feb 2nd and runs until 4th March

Maybe the World did End in 2012 and We are Just Ghosts

The new mix by The Ephemeral Man

1 John Haughey – Intertidal
2 The Utopia Strong – Castalia
3 Swansither – States
4 Warpaint – Stevie
5 Marta Mist – Godspeed, Little Doodle
6 HAWKSMOOR – ZXSpectral
7 Erang – Medieval Mourn
8 Erang – Forever Lost In The Vast Of Time
9 The Green Kingdom – Astral Companion sound in silence
10 Bluetech – Restless (Erothyme Remix)
11 Napoleon XIV – They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
12 Paul McCartney – Another Day (2012 Remaster)
13 Steve Hadfield – They Danced
14 Polypores – Our Tiny Orbits 10th Feb
15 Goat – Do The Dance
16 Audio Obscura – And You May Find Your Self Living In An Age Of Mass Extinction
17 GALÁN – VOGT – Panacea I (Akira Rabelais Remix)
18 Brothers of Metal- Weaver Of Fate
19 Dean Honer – Throbbing Drizzle
20 Yves Malone – Smoke and Ash, Hand in Hand

Wyrd Question Daze: GALÁN / VOGT

GALÁN / VOGT is a collaboration between Spanish composer Pepo Galán and France based Australian dream pop vocalist/musician Karen Vogt. They met online early in the pandemic and worked remotely to record an album together. Their debut album “The Sweet Wait” was released in November 2022. The album drifts through ambient, drone, shoegaze, experimental, neoclassical and some slight pop territory.

The duo asked a selection of artists to remix all tracks from their debut album. The frst remix single comes from American composer Akira Rabelais. Remixes from Markus Guentner, Alpha and more will be released in 2023 with the remix album to follow.

Akira Rabelais has made two stunning remixes of the track Panacea in his signature style. The frst remix is accompanied by a video that also feature’s Rabelais’ animations. The second remix is a mammoth 18 minutes long and together they form the frst digital single for the remix album that is entitled “All The Time In The World”.


Where do you come from and where are you going?

Pepo: I grew up in a hard-working family and had a difcult childhood, so it’s maybe why I am always looking forward. I am determined to work hard so that my family does not lack anything. But I would like to leave something more permanent behind when I am gone, and I feel like music is a place where I can somehow do that.

Karen: I come from having spent over 20 years being in a band (Heligoland) and I know how important it is to feel connected to our creative heart. Our ability to express ourselves and communicate through music and art is something that can get us through the most difcult situations. So I’ll just keep following the signposts that point this way and lead me to keep creating.

What worries you these days?

Pepo: I worry about the lack of basic good manners and sociability in today’s society. Especially among teenagers and young adults who seem to be less grateful and engaged than previous generations. I feel like technology and very little face to face interaction has a negative impact on them.

Karen: I get worried that life is becoming more complicated and our energy is used up on entering 10 passcodes and doing a handstand before we can even have breakfast. Every day life is becoming more and more complex and being a consumer is tiring. Also, there is not much space to be bored anymore. We allow ourselves to be exposed to so much advertising that is targeted and it leaves no room for organic discoveries or spontanaeity.

Name a favorite taste, touch, sound, sight and smell.

Pepo: taste – tripe (typical Andalusian food) / touch – skin / sound – the sea / sight – oh, the sea / smell – the sea, again!

Karen: taste – sweet things, bakery goods, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and desserts / touch – soft, warm and fufy cat fur / sound – the tone of people’s voices when they talk about their feelings / sight – the sky, a sunset, trees, rivers, oceans, animals and nature / smell – a woodfre/freplace burning

Describe one of your most vivid dreams or nightmares

Pepo: I dream a lot about my late father… I don’t remember my nightmares…

Karen: I feel like dreams are so incredibly personal and layered with such deep levels of meaning that it’s futile to even attempt to explain/describe to others.

Have you ever had a strange experience?

Pepo: Sometimes I will see someone on the street and I’m sure I’ve seen or talked to them before – maybe even up to 20 years ago. It’s weird that feeling when you know someone, but you can’t remember until maybe days or weeks later until you fgure it out!

Karen: When covid started I also began to have insomnia. It feels like there is no clear boundary anymore between being awake and being asleep. It’s so strange and I am still not sure how I feel about it.

How does your sense of place afect the way you express yourself?

Pepo: Most of the time it afects me in a positive way. I am very observant and I also tend to be quite sensitive. So, the way I express myself and how I I feel is often directly related to my surroundings.

Karen: As soon as I am somewhere else, I respond diferently. Being somewhere new tends to stimulate my senses and instantly gives me a diferent perspective.

What has touched or inspired you particularly recently?

Pepo: I must confess that it has been one of the hardest years of my life yet. That has meant that it has stolen all my time, and I have barely had time to even get inspired. But I know everything happens for a reason, and everything has its moment.

Karen: This year a friend had a gruelling surgery that was one of many that she has had during her life. I am in awe of her courage and also the great beauty that she continues to see in life. It’s always the difcult things that seem to move us the most and inspire us. Strange how it works like this.

Tell us a good story, anecdote or joke.

Pepo: A funny thing that happened recently was when I was shopping at a local supermarket. I lost myself as I was buying sausages and good wines. I continued shopping and putting things into my shopping cart. But when I got to the cashier to pay, I realized that I had been putting my groceries into someone else’s shopping cart without realising! It was very frustrating to have to set aside a lots of creams and compresses that I had not chosen. But I have to laugh at how single minded I am when I am shopping for food and wines!

Karen: A couple of years ago I was organising my music things a bit better and wanted to use the domain name Karen Vogt for my website. However, it had been taken about a year or so before by a woman whose name is also Karen Vogt. Bizarrely, she lives in Paris too. What are the chances! She is a handbag designer and has a company that makes bags and purses with the name Karen Vogt on them. So strange to see my name on this product!

Disco Rd : 23 pages 23 minutes

Introducing Disco Rd, a Discordian zine & podcast
You don’t have to be a Discordian to enjoy this zine & podcast, but it helps!
If you weren’t a Discordian before enjoying this zine & podcast, you might not be after
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Once you’ve been to Disco Rd, you’ll never want to leave! Fnord

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