Interview with Chris Carr of Brooklyn WIldlife, part 1
Interview with Chris Carr of Brooklyn WIldlife, part 2
So, yea, I was hanging out with the home skillet, Chris Carr. Some of yall already know him as the guy behind Brooklyn Wildlife. Pretty hard to explain exactly what it is, but it's pretty much affected a bunch of artists lives at this point.
The best way that I can try and explain this is to say that the dude hosts plenty of events with the purpose of challenging social status quos, or as social experiments. Like, he'll host a show and stuff, and will book a performers from completely different genres. You'll see a rock band, then a rapper, and then like a berlesque, then something else that you probably wouldn't know how to categorize. This would more than likely be an art show the very same time, focusing on local artists with pieces that are free and affordable.
The final example would be an event or gathering that is basically a discussion about impactful issues. That event would also happen to be a drink and draw. As you can imagine, many relationships and friendships were formed in this gumbo pot of passion and creative mediums. Artists at many different experience levels are involved, from artists making very respectable income, to artists who create when their not at work, to bands that tour and bands who really just perform for their friends. There are people who have been involved in these events and activities for years, some of them move on maybe to return down the line, and there are new ones also. It's not just a bunch of people trying to sign a record deal or being the best. Some of them are, and that's cool. But the only real minimum requirement is to be cool, bring good vibes with you, bring your art, and have some experiences with us. I'm not gonna lie, It's become like a sorority/fraternity kind of. Like, I'll know if you're cool to work with if you do things within the Brooklyn Wildlife network. It's like, if I meet you, and you're like "yea I did this *whatever activity* with Brooklyn Wildlife", then I'm going to know that you're cool to work with or hang with or that you're interesting from jump.
So yea, Chris has, by natural selection, become like my involuntary mentor. It doesn't take much effort though because his only requirement for you to stick around is to make yourself useful and to try not to be a dick. Most of our conversations happens while I'm helping with something, or right before or after I help with something, before or after performing together, or as long as something is being built upon. I know this might come off like the odee fan letter, but I'm being real here - so shut up. Anyway, what I've learned about him all this time spent around him is that he really want to help and support artists. He's an artist too, so he understands the value of having someone do that. He also understands that large companies don't have to dictate what real art is. He also understands that art is more than some novelty to be sold like some product or a toothbrush.
You can even tell what kind of dynamic we have in the first couple of seconds in the audio version of the interview. Like, he's already giving me tips on how I can capture good audio when I do my interviews. This guys the bomb and is always looking for ways to help people progress in the arts as much as he's able to as long as it's not pulling him away from his projects....which usually geared towards supporting an artist or giving an experience.
The guy even hosts AirBnB guests where one of the perks is an up close and personal close-up with the culture of whats going on in the area. Check it out here.
ok, so that's it for now. I'll leave you guys alone. But feel free to hit me up if you'd like to attend any of this stuff. I'm sure we can figure something out. Enjoy the recorded interview above and see his links below:
His photography - http://eatthecakenyc.viewbook.com/
E-mail - BKWildlife@Gmail.com