Dose consecutively holds a relation to sound poetry and Dadaism in every project he takes on. The theoretical images in his songs seem to consist of juxtaposing sounds next to each other, leaving undercurrents of interpretation – which leaves a sour taste in the mouths of some, but for others, it is an electrifying experience. "Everything sort of comes to me as slides. A guy on a raft, no, a rapper on a raft that is so solo that he builds himself a raft and searches for himself. Then I ask myself how reality would regard that. As far as sound goes, it's just a product of how I put it to the music and meter. It doesn't rhyme, I just know how the words are going to fit; not only in a mouthful, but in the size of stanzas I overlap. I like to do things that rant and build for change ups."
Considering that reading habits fall into the language-game Dose tells me that he doesn't read at all. "I have a huge poetry collection," he confesses. "The only things I read are graphic novels. The stuff I'm writing now is sort-of inspired between the two; I'm building a sci-fi world to kick our reality and use highs and lows as models for whatever I'm compelled to get across. It's something I just osmossed."
One of Dose's influences is the immortal poet Galway Kinnel who wrote the perfect codex bewitchingly titled Book of Nightmares. "Two of the first few poems really make me tear up – he killed it, he got this out of himself perfectly. I like it when a poem answers the questions you're about to ask and leaves itself open while writing in reverse so you can walk backwards through it."
Dose is not stranger to poetic procedure. Apparently what Subtle is working on is a trilogy album consisting of A New White as the first installment and For Hero: For Fool as the second. He is writing a small play, if you will, of a hero and his environment. "I want to get in a space where I can write poems that accounts for itself and scores itself. If I can write in this other world and take artifacts from past albums I can carry on. I'm just trying to design something that makes Subtle records unique and non-restrictive."
Subtle is not some artsy fartsy boy band that lives on a mountaintop. They are romantic about what they do and it shows in their music, even when it is just a remix record. It all comes through the music, especially when they recorded The Peel Sessions with the late great John Peel. "Sometimes we would bring trophies all the way across our tour to give to him. He was inspiring and it was very heavy when he passed. He was generous enough to put our music out to people. I remember the first time he played cLOUDDEAD, he put it on the wrong speed."
Doseone's abundant worldly travels have taken him on magic carpet rides to new ideas and musical developments. Dose is familiar with the concept that being on the road can take years off of your life while touring. "There's no alone time, no diffusion besides time. It can be rugged, but you get to be kids, you get to eat three fucking hot dogs and drink a bunch of beers. We're pretty clear headed about why we came all this way when it's show time. There's nothing better to be accountable for all of these poems and songs, especially when we do perform them live and make them real."
As an artist or musician, getting true satisfaction out of traveling around routinely re-living your album's finer moments would have to be tops in regards to getting high on music. "The performance is the ultimate outlet for me because you're doing all of these other processes: writing, recording, experimenting, and inventing...then you get to do it all [on stage]. It brings out everything you forgot you put in to it begin with. The only down side is after acting like it's your birthday for 30 nights in a row, you do the best you can but sometimes it's hard be there for those moments, but that's just the texture of it."
Dose has spent a considerable amount of time in Salt Lake City. He is familiar with the happenings and the good-hearted people of this fair city and those who subsist here. "I would go to Funksion all the time. Brisk did the cover art for Hemispheres and misspelled the album title, but it was timely and it was the only help I ever got. If I ever see him again I'll give him a free copy of Hemispheres. In regards to Pelt, I was trying to make an educated decision about publishing and the book industry is very bulk oriented and I am indie-indie. I had a tough time. So I went through a company in Utah that really helped me out." He continues to make bonds and maintain lasting relationships with countless people all over the globe. Maybe you can catch him September 19th at The Urban Lounge forging his raw nostril phonics emanating from his cavernous lungs into your ear...and afterwards, sit down and have a beer with him.