Although they are all well established acts within Minnesota and beyond, nothing is stopping FIX from taking their next steps forward in cementing their place as a collective. Comprised of memebers of Kill The Vultures; Kristoff Krane; and No Bird Sing, FIX (sometime stylized as F to I to X) joined forces in 2012.
“We’ve all known each other for years,” Joe Horton of No Bird Sing said. “The strands of the spider web are all different. Crescent Moon and Anatomy (Kill The Vultures) met in high school. Kristoff Krane and I met at the Turf Club 7 or 8 years ago.”
Over the years, the list of collaborations between these artist has filled the page and spilled onto the table. The earliest collabs date back over a decade. Crescent Moon and Anatomy of Kill The Vultures were members of the Minnesota scene pillar Oddjobs. They released Conflict and Compromise, the first album, in 1999.
Before No Bird Sing and Kristoff Krane solo works, the mood enhancing producer Graham O’Brien teamed with Casey (his brother) and Kristoff Krane in the group Abzorber. Their first release was in 2005.
Since, the guys have recorded albums, collaborated on tracks, and played improv together. (see Face Candy, Prey for Paralysis, Coloring Time). Now they’re collecting their creative minds into the same cornucopia.
The initial idea for the collective came from their frequent collaborator and close friend Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen. Larsen’s plan was cut short with his untimely passing in 2010. “After he passed,” Horton said, “it felt important to carry that on. After a few years of envisioning what we wanted F I X to be and building a business infrastructure, we officially launched the collective with Flash Flood, our first video/single as a collective.”
Since “Flash Flood”, FIX has released a second track “Firewalking“. The crew also released a self-titled track in 2012 to commemorate their continued solidarity. With each single breaking beyond their typical solo/group work, each member has continued to expand their collective consciousness. The departure is in part due to Anatomy’s boundary pushing role in the groups’ creative process. “It became apparent to the crew that spending time creating as a crew was a necessity,” said Kristoff Krane. “After some sessions in the musty basement, we all became aware that something more was being asked of us than just writing some verses to a beat, channeling a chorus, laying down vocals. [Anatomy’s] role has been unique to the crew in that he naturally inherited the ‘directors’ seat as far as filtering/guiding creative content of the new material. Having this filter to pass through has left us all with a challenge that we’re all facing in different ways. That being said, it has pushed us collectively to shed old crutches/habits/beliefs in order to leave room for new life/ inspiration to move through.”
As fans continue to grow anxious for a potential project, those anxieties might be satisfied sooner than later as everyone in the collective is working on solo/group projects simultaneously as the FIX crew tracks. Albums from Kill The Vultures, Mixed Blood Majority (Crescent Moon, Horton, and Lazerbeak (Doomtree)), Kristoff Krane & Graham O’Brien, and a solo project from Joe Horton are all in the works. Along with these Hip Hop releases, Graham O’Brien has teamed with Molly Dean, under the name Moon and Pollution, for an electro-pop record The Box Borealis. It will be released under the FIX umbrella on January 27. The first single “Alter Eagle” is reminiscent of the O’Brien’s production on Definition Sickness, the most recent No Bird Sing album, however the track feels lighter. Dean’s soaring vocals are perfectly entwined between every kick and snare.
Along with forming a collective comes naming the collective. The striking name, FIX, came through brainstorming sessions the group had. “Nothing felt right. Most of the names had something to do with fix: soma fix, drone fix. finally Crescent Moon said, “FIX is the recurring theme here, maybe we’re over thinking it by trying to add other words to it.” Horton said.
In addition, Horton said the name represents a connection in everyone’s music. “We all feel the pain of the world very deeply, and on some level realize that the pain is the cause of a spiritual deficiency. We strive to make music that allows people to experience the raw beauty of reality, hopefully giving them a fix for their spiritual cravings.”
FIX will perform as a collective Tuesday, December 16 (TONIGHT) at Icehouse along with Metasota and Cincopation (featuring Hyper Cobra Legion & Genre Treason). Along with performances, the artists will participate in discussion about the “Essentials of Hip Hop” with the IPR’s College of Creative Arts. Be sure to keep up with FIX on Twitter, Facebook and their website.