Music Luke Driscoll, 33, who performs as Aeon Grey. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Luke Driscoll, 33, who performs as Aeon Grey. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Three questions with … Luke Driscoll

Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Luke Driscoll, 33, performs as Aeon Grey at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.

Q: What are your thoughts on the state of hip-hop in Des Moines?

I think it’s still kind of in this state where it’s at this kind of plateau where it’s going to either escalate or fall off the other side. A lot of groups are attempting a lot of things, but the success of those things is yet to be seen. But there’s a lot of people working down a path similar to things we’ve done (with Maxilla Blue); hopefully they’re taking the right steps and learning from some of our mistakes.

Q: You’re a member of Maxilla Blue and a solo performer. How do the two differ for you?

Myself and Asphate (Woodhavet) are in two different mind states when it comes to performance and even a writing standpoint. I’m trying to relate who I am and put out concepts that maybe other people can relate. It’s almost code, like a secret club type of thing. I like to challenge and push boundaries. I want to challenge the status your brain is in and push how you perceive art, the environment and maybe even yourself.

Q: What are you currently working on?

Earlier this year I released my album “Lead Breakfast,” and I’m slowly working on a follow-up project to that. Myself and Gadema started talks about something that we’ve envisioned doing together for a long time. Nothing really outside the scope of what I’ve done in the past at the moment.

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