A Handful of Dirt: Nels Truesdell of Kava Kon

A Handful of DirtA Handful of Dirt asks a person five questions they wouldn’t normally expect or receive in any other credible interview.

In consulting the Serendipiter Bag o’InquiryTM, we pose a series of questions to come up with a bit of knowledge unknown before – a handful of dirt.


Nels Truesdell is half of Kava Kon, or “the music you should be playing at your party if you want to be considered cool and sexy by your guests.” A mad science of music and fun, Nels and Bob Kress make some distinct and enjoyable music that will make your drinks taste better and your clothing choices seem more trailblazing.

Keep an ear open this coming episode of 6’+ for some unreleased beat-happenings from Kava Kon. Many thanks to Nels for this interview and his groovy mind.



What’s an element of a past or current project (or perhaps upcoming) that has gone overlook that you would like more people to notice?

A lot of the percussion done on the albums “Departure Exotica” and “Tiki for the Atomic Age” was beatboxing.  For example 90% of all güiro sounds  were done by my mouth. Than we processed it using eqs and compressors on the recordings to give them a more realistic tone. There are so many more examples of unconventional recording techniques used on our albums.

As an adult, what is your favorite Halloween costume that you have worn?

The Abominable Dr. Phibes. My favorite Vincent Price character and personal idol.

What’s the album you’d pawn three-quarters of all your possessions to get a copy of?

Kava Kon
In concert live on Easter Island
Date: December 21, 2012

You’ve been chosen to replace Steve Jobs. What’s the next iProduct that comes out?

ipirate radio. A little electronic device that hacks radio waves and speaker systems. For example, your sitting in starbucks sipping on some chai tea trying to relax but in the background some shit Barbra Striesand music is playing on speakers ruining your moment. So you turn on your ipirate radio and load your favorite podcast and it takes over the airwaves and soon you will be grooving to some quality tunes from the gravediggers local 16 podcast 6’+!

What song do you pick when you find yourself in a retelling of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ where Ol’Scratch has challenged you to a Karaoke duel?

Bauhaus – Bella Lugouis dead, only song I really enjoy to sing.

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