I first met Tino in my freshman year of high school. He was the kid who was ahead of everyone else in terms of knowing cool music. I remember how excited he was for MGMT when everyone else at the show had no clue who they were. Tino and I kept in touch a bit over time and when I heard he was making music I had to check it out. Needless to say, he did not disappoint. His album “Fading Objects” was in my top 10 albums of they year for 2014. Recently, I was able to catch up with him over break and ask him some questions. Check it out.
Where are you from?
I’m proudly from Los Lunas, New Mexico. I grew up between there & Albuquerque, now i’m living in Austin, Texas.
How would you describe your music?
I describe it as homemade ambient music- It’s all instrumental & sample based for the time being.
What instruments do you play?
For my recordings I play mostly guitar & synths with drum sounds. Sometimes I’ll use tape loops, samples, & circuit bent toys as I try to improve my piano & kalimba skills.
Band you want to open for?
Opening for Oneohtrix Point Never with an audio / visual performance would be awesome, but opening for 2pac would be the all-time best – no hologram.
What are your influences?
I’m influenced by so many things; my environment, personal life experiences such as love, loss, transition & decay- sometimes it’s simply about making sounds. But like all my other work, I often let themes tied to conspiracy theories & the supernatural leak into my music as well.
Music or notable people in general?
The most influential musicians in my life right now would be Liz Harris as Grouper, Fennesz, the collaborations between Harold Budd & Brian Eno, & Munaf Rayani. All of these musicians have not only soundtracked my life for the past few years but they’ve also played an enormous role in how I approach music. Specifically, Grouper’s Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill, The Plateaux of Mirror by Budd & Eno, & The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. Fennessz’s Endless Summer + Fripp & Eno’s Evening Star also changed my life.
Do you work or go to school?
I’m a Senior Apple Advisor by day / Artist by night. I finished studying Studio Art at the University of New Mexico in 2012- long live The Pit, longer live the art building.
What would it take for you to consider yourself successful?
Just being able to “get by” making my wack variety of art & music on a regular basis would be success for me, but i’m not complaining.
Which celebrity could you take in a fight?
I could probably take Elijah Wood in a duel, though i’m not sure if that’s saying much, plus I kinda like the guy. I’d try to take on Aku from Samurai Jack.
Red or green?
I’m a green machine for life.
Note, the answers to the questions were emailed and were not altered in way to help give the most authentic interview possible.