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Particle Junkie is Flynn Gleason. In 1995, being a bit of a nerd, he fell in love with synthesizers and drum machines. He joined his friend Adam LaBarge to embark on a project called Fulcrum Clearance 12'0" (or fc120). Using software, they forged their own cut and paste style of music based in synthetic soundscapes and experimental noise, inspired summarily by a few Warp Records artists and a rather healthy dose of industrial.

Over the years the tools got better, and so did the music, but they never saw fit to release it to more than friends, always focused on creating the next great song rather than promotion or money. After a good run, Adam moved onto other ventures, and Flynn continued composing under the name Facade. This went on for the next few years, as he branched out from his dark influences, exploring melodies, sound design, rhythm, and vocals, striving to deliver funk while challenging the notion that electronic music is cold and unemotional. Never one to stick to a genre, the only way to somewhat accurately phrase what you may hear in an average Particle Junkie song is a good beat and a collage of synthesizers morphing and blipping in a surreal pseudo-organic fashion, sometimes with vocals, robotic or otherwise. Eventually Flynn decided the name Facade was "a little too pretentious or something," and changed his name to Particle Junkie, which is far less pretentious by his estimation.

Which brings us to today, and the release of his debut album, "Hot'n'Nerdy". The album ranges from long evolving danceable soundscapes to humorous pop songs about nerds and salmon teriyaki. If particulate matter has you hooked, here's an excuse to celebrate.

Head on over to www.cdbaby.com/cd/particlejunkie to check that out. Also on itunes, last.fm, napster, rhapsody, amazon, etc etc
Why this name?
I inhale particles quite regularly. Don't think I could live without them.
Do you play live?
I have spun a couple sets of my stuff, but it is not something I do often.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Well it makes people settle for lower quality audio files as long as they're free. As far as itunes goes, or similar things, I think they offer extreme convenience at a loss of audio fidelity. I still prefer CD's, but they're a LOT harder to sell for a profit.

On the bright side, it is a WONDERFUL tool for smaller artists to play their music for anyone willing to listen.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If they don't want me to bend over and have their way with me.
Your influences?
Oldest to newest: Aphex Twin, Download, Meat Beat Manifesto, Haujobb, NIN, Autechre, Plaid, the Prodigy, Air, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Royksopp, Basement Jaxx
Equipment used:
Macbook Pro, Powerbook G4, Reason, Logic, Reaktor, Guitar Rig, Apogee Duet, Shure SM-57, Schecter Gryphon
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