Conrad Bascom, 21, returns to Iowa after living in New York.
Three questions with Conrad Bascom
Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
Conrad Bascom, 21, is a singer-songwriter performing at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.
Q: You left Des Moines for a bit. Are you back full time now?
I’ve been living in New York off and on for the last two and half years. I was going to a university in Manhattan, but I kind of led my life in six-month segments. I don’t always plan too far ahead. But for the foreseeable future I plan to be here. I think I got tired of living out there. So I’m here for now and I’m enjoying being back in Des Moines.
Q: You’ve played with bands and now you’re doing solo material. Do you have a preference between the two?
Most people probably know me from the Chatty Cathy’s, which hasn’t been a band for probably three years, or my time playing lead guitar for Diamonds for Eyes. During my absence from performing with an ensemble, I’ve been writing a lot. So these days all my music is very different. It’s being written so it can either be performed with a band or on my own. I’m looking for people to play with here, but performing quite a bit on my own.
Q: Late last year you released the album “When Lunacy Was My Bedfellow” as a free download. Why did you go that route?
Those songs are subject to change, so they’re really kind of skeletal tracks. I intend to re-record many of those. I was knocking many of them out on a four-track at my apartment in Bushwick (Brooklyn). Because of how tech saturated our market is, sometimes I feel an obligation to generate a lot of material, like if I don’t I’m at risk of disappearing. Having people forget you’re there. A lot of it is probably due to that worry.