The Voodoo Organist, aka Scott Wexton, carts a skull-laden organ around when he tours. His musical passion? Original gothic blues. He recently released Darwin Dance Hall Days and hopes to put out his next album, Organeddon, once he raises some funds. "Voodoo's been really broke," Wexton says.
Broke or not, though, Voodoo Organist is touring now, playing old and new tunes to the masses. You can see him tonight at the RecordBar. Support from the Latenight Callers. Doors 9 p.m. 18-plus. $7.
We recently spoke to Wexton about his music, the organ, and how he pieces his music together.
The Pitch: What about the organ interested you?
Scott Wexton: I started playing organ at the age of 10. I went to a catholic school my whole life. I was an alter boy. I bought an organ and brought it home one day. I started taking lessons from the church. That's how I grew up to be the Voodoo Organist. My teenage years, I got into synthesizers. I love synths almost as much as organs. I just really dig the sounds. There are so many emotions and ranges that you can get out of it. You can record everything from creepy horror soundtracks to uplifting gospel numbers to gritty garage rock and roll tunes.
What inspired the latest album, Darwin Dance Hall Days?
Screamin' Jay Hawkins has certainly been an influence on the band. Also Tom Waits. the old Nick Cave (etc.) When I write, I typically blank my mind out and whatever comes, comes. If I like it, I keep doing it until I memorize it and I write words to it.
How's the addition of your drummer (Robin Kennon) influenced the band?
Well, I live out in Joshua Tree, Calif., in the desert and he lives in Dallas, so…(he laughs). It's not like we jam on a weekly basis. Basically, what will happen is I've got various drum machines, so I'll make demos and send him demos. He'll get familiar with the jams. I'm not a hard ass stickler. He defiantly has creative influence as to what he plays.