North's decision to solicit remixes from friends who specialize in wholly different styles of music seems perfectly natural when you think about the diversity of the Boston music scene. Whether within the walls of the Whitehaus or the bill at T.T. the Bear's Place, folk often sits comfortably beside synthpop and noisy drone. And when it comes to the folk tradition of taking a song and disseminating it within a larger community, the remix is just a modern version of the cover song. "A lot of people I know don't like listening to folk music, and that's fine," says North. "I was excited that someone new would hear one of my tracks in a style that suits them."
North remembers the Pacific Ocean with a New Englander's reverence — the sound of the waves; the squeaks of little barnacle creatures; the people dancing on the shore with headphones on, all staring at the sun. He remembers a night in Normal, Illinois, when a woman stole his microphone after a show and later claimed that she thought it was her whiskey bottle. He's back home now, with the Dream Quartet, his residency at the Haven, and his Whitehaus base. But he's still writing traveling songs. "I'm still finding inspiration from that trip," he says. "After you have some time to dwell about something and figure out how it fits into your life, it's actually easier to write about."
CHRIS NORTH + JASON ANDERSON + ETTE | T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | June 7 @ 8:30 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.0082 or ttthebears.com
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