Ross Floss w/ Chez
Voz (aka Daniel Voznick)
Grilled Chez (A blind stroll through the
Ross: (hhhmmm .. hit by a rock) Points
of reference ... my name is Ross Floss and I'm sitting across the
table from Chez Voz of Afterimage. Between us a couple of beers
for lunch in a fashionable Hollywood restaurant, with the best food
the strip has to offer ... for under $5.
We will attempt a blind stroll through the
void with Chez Voz. So what brought you together? Was it music or
Voz: A total lack of taste.
Ross: Did you join the band. Was Afterimage
together when you came to it? I know you'ra sort of the leader now.
Voz: The band as it was had rehearsed
one time when I came in. They had some pretty great slabs of noise
Ross: Did you have someone in your
place before you.
Voz: No. Instrumental, they were instrumental.
Ross: Did they have songs, did they
have an idea, did they know what they were doing at all?
Voz: They had musical ideas on tape
from their one session, mostly ideas from older bands.
Ross: Any bands we've heard of?
Voz: Produce came from the Blank Ensemble,
Holland and Rich from Distemper, a sort of hard core outfit.
Ross: What were you doing before that?
Voz: I was in some bands with silly
names, such as Boys in Bondage and The Young Execs.
Ross: Were those musical outlets or
Voz: A little of both. A definite
idea dominated those things ... sort of testing my wings, shall
Ross: You started out ...
Voz: My strings, testing my strings
Ross: Don't you stretch strings ...
you started out in ahh ...
Voz: That came much later, the stretching.
Ross: So... first you test then you
Voz: Then you smoke a cigarrette.
Ross: Indeed. College at Santa Barbara,
was it art or music?
Voz: I floated around a lot, played
with analog synthesizers and tape manipulation.
Ross: Not into performing until you
came back to L.A?
Voz: That's right.
Ross: When you came back to LA, you
got into video. What kind of stuff were you doing?
Voz: Videos of the band and others
that were sort of twisted, out of the ordinary.
Ross: What were you trying to do with
Voz: I was learning how to do it,
how to push the right buttons.
Ross: Where did you meet the others,
Rich Evac-bass, Holland deNuzzio-drums, A Produce-guitar?
Voz: I met Produce first trough an
ad, before Afterimage we had gotten together for a sort of noise
thing. We weren't really a noise band but a noisey band. We played
badly, we didn't practice.
Ross: You were playing sax then?
Voz: No, guitar. Sax came later.
Ross: Why sax?
Voz: Great instrument! Looks nice.
Ross: What knid of sax did you hear
that made you like it? Are we talking jazzz...?
Voz: Difinately jazz. Even though
I can't play that. It showed me the possibilities, MMMAAAANNNN!
Ross: (It must be the beers) So you'fe
been playing only a couple of years. A lot of people say that they
really notice the sax man .. stands out.
Voz: Another LA band uses sax but
thety create a solid layer. I make it solo like a singer.
Ross: You could use tapes.
Voz: Yes, but I like real music happening
onstage. People pumping it out. Movin' grovin' , like a sex machine
....(mumbles something here. spills his beer on the floor . the
waiter comes over and says something nasty.)
Ross: So what about your music? You've
been called dark and compared with Joy Divsion. Were you influenced
Voz: Some of those bands were an influence,
but most of the ideas and approach I had and still have go back
further, before those bands were around. I didn't hear JD 'till
we were already together awhile.
Ross: Then it's important for you
not to sound traditional?
Voz: No, but I was after something
exciting and different things interest me. With all the apathy a
band can recieve, why not do something you like?
Ross: In your position, you really
can't ... or maybe you can ... I don't think you could deal with
the whole record company thing because you're so outside. They're
just so turned inward ... it's a whole masturbatory thing. They
don't go out looking for pleasure, they just stay in, stay at home
... type of guys.
Voz: Yes, and they just raid independent
record companies to keep going.
Ross: Are you self financed?
Ross: Drag, huh?
Voz: Well, you can spend your money
on traveling, or your car, or drugs.
Ross: And you spent yours on drugs.
is a drug, a big one. I think I'm hooked.