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In a world of rigid conformity and paint-by-numbers composition, the work of experimental-electronic artist Kid 606 is rich with adventure

"I wanted to release a record," he says, "that I could give to my mom and girlfriend and be, like, 'Hey, this one's for you.' And also to the audience -- I didn't want it to be an attack; I wanted to have some restraint. Once you get something that does well, you're supposed to keep doing that and fueling that particular audience. I met so many people that never even knew there was music like that, that buy the other stuff, that go, 'Wow.' The worst thing is to have an audience that's stagnating, giving people the same stuff."

In a musical world in which anonymity is the rule and mystery as much a goal as the music, geeks starved for a role model got one when they started obsessing over Kid 606.
In a musical world in which anonymity is the rule and mystery as much a goal as the music, geeks starved for a role model got one when they started obsessing over Kid 606.

For his live performance, Kid 606 isn't going to be taking requests. Nor will he be playing your favorite tracks from his records. No "Juvenile Hall Rollcall." No "It'll Take Millions in Plastic Surgery to Make Me Black." No "606fix." "I'll play live and people are, like, 'Play "Straight Outta Compton," play "Dropkick," play "Buffalo 606,"'" he says. "They'll be requesting songs, and of course I don't [oblige], because they don't want to see you. They want to see what you were. I only play unreleased stuff because if I can play stuff that no one's ever heard before and they like it, that's such an accomplishment for me. And if there was a rock band that was willing to do that, they'd be my favorite rock band in the world, because what most people want is just what they've heard before."

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