Music Conrad Bascom, 21, returns to Iowa after living in New York.

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.

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