JFAIII: Tell me a bit about your background and who/what is CMHHTD, how exactly the collective came together and how you guys have evolved to operate and exist in the present.
Andrew: I was the catalyst that brought everyone together. I have worked with Sean, Muggs, and Brevi in different capacities and on different projects throughout the years… CMHHTD initially started as a music project, but quickly grew into something bigger. I think that is what is interesting and exciting about this project, it is constantly evolving and breaking new ground.
Sean: A few years ago we started casually talking about how everyone is doing the same thing over and over again and a lot of the excitement about doing new things has been lost, and the classification of art and why one set of activities might land you in an art gallery yet another set of similarly inspired activities would land you on a stage. We talked about context and division and those conversations morphed into what has become CMHHTD.
What sort of past projects on this scale or larger have you done?
Andrew: Music wise, Muggs and I have been involved in a number of projects throughout the years. I have played in a hardcore band called Strife over the last 20 plus years, and produced for a number of artists from different genres. Muggs’ resume covers work with Cypress Hill, Tricky, Ice Cube, Etc…
As far as the art side is concerned, Sean was the owner of Sixspace gallery in both Chicago and Los Angeles which represented such artists as Glen E. Friedman, Shepard Fairey, and Richard Coleman.
I used to own a retail space as well, and curated shows there with artists such as Alex Pardee, Marco Zamora, Eyeone, Mear, Patrick Martinez, and others.
Sean: Everyone in the band has had an eclectic mix of previous projects, as CMHHTD is still fairly new in the public eye I think most of our previous endeavors are all still bigger - but those are in the past and we’re working to build something new so who knows where that will lead at this point.
How through collaboration does CMHHTD realize such an incredibly extensive collective vision? Is it a fine tuned technical, perfectly mapped organism, is it an intuitive sort of madness that comes to light organically?
Sean: Everyone brings something different to the project, something they are incredible at and know inside and out. While there’s much shared interest and experience, there’s different expertise and that allows us to all contribute something we’re proud of and confident in and have those pieces snap together into something even better. There’s hardly any “toe stepping” so to speak. It would be silly to suggest that any creative endeavor is perfectly mapped out - we have shared goals and we trust each other to work towards those, but part of the magic is trusting what will happen and diving in head first.