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Teebs: DJ, Visual Artist, Skater, Trash Collector

Dumpster diving for record sleeves is just one part of the Brainfeeder DJ's game.
April 16, 2014, 5:45pm

Teebs at his home in California. Photo by Bree Kristel Clarke.

In an act of synchronicity that seems less purposefully timed than a charming coincidence, Teebs quietly deposited Estara, his second full-length album, on the Brainfeeder label just as the first blushes of spring wash over New York. No one seems better suited for affixing a sound to this delicate season. Waves of tape hisses, Rice Krispie pops and sleigh bells gently unfurl beneath jazzy melodies, sometimes swelling into stirring reveries, other times becoming subsumed under a droning haze. Estara is about turning nostalgia into decadence. It’s about sounding pretty without sending empty. And while it’s not about bird chirps… there’s certainly some of that, too.

But Estara is a mere glimpse into Teebs’ creative cosmos. The 27-year-old Californian doesn’t live in a hermetically sealed world of sound—his carefully constructed collages live in visual form, too. “Being both a visual and musical artist can be difficult at times, but it’s the only way I can share everything I want,” Teebs said. “I’m a strong believer in mixed media and its ability to speak to many people.”

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Some of Teebs' earliest artwork