Our David Bowie themed / Yuri’s Night party at the National Air & Space Museum is this Friday! I know that feels like a lot of words, but what it means is we’re going to play some Ziggy Stardust, drink some good cocktails, nerd out with some space geniuses and generally party in the most popular museum in the United States.
To get you in the space-y, astronaut-y, alternate dimension-y mood, we caught up with Mikul Wing from Autograf! They’ll be packing the museum with good tunes all night long, so we called Wing up to chat about his favorite David Bowie alter ego, his anime recommendations and his love of David Lynch.
Catch Autograf at our Space Oddity party this Friday! It’s going to be out of this world.
Would you ever go to space?
Yes. The idea of exploring some place that mankind hasn’t been to before is exciting.
What’s your favorite David Bowie song?
That’s tough. I’m thinking of “Space Oddity” right now just because of the question you asked. Maybe that one… Or “Ashes to Ashes?”
Do you believe in aliens?
Yes. I can’t imagine in the vast universe there isn’t life somewhere else. Somewhere out there is another form of life.
Have you seen the movie Contact?
Is that the one where they’re lost in space?
No, but you might like it. It was a book, made into a movie, that was written by Carl Sagan. There’s a very famous quote that is basically what you’re saying.
I’ll have to check that out.
Yeah, you’ll love it. Matthew McConaughey plays a priest. Anyway, what sci-fi world would you like to live in? Would you want to dive into the Star Wars universe? Do you want to live in the movie Alien? What’s the dream?
I’m a big anime fan, so maybe some type of Neo Tokyo world would be cool. I recently watched the Netflix show Altered Carbon, which was pretty cool, but I don’t know if I want to live there though. It’s kind of a scary dystopia future. Star Wars is definitely a favorite movie. I don’t know, there are so many sci-fi worlds. I don’t know if I could just pick one.
What is your favorite science fiction anime? Or what would you recommend to someone?
I think, if people haven’t seen them, classics like Ghost in the Shell and Akira are good ones to start with. Cowboy Bebop is another good one.
What about a deep cut?
I don’t know if it’s a deep, deep cut… but is Fullmetal Alchemist a deep cut?
I don’t know… They used to air that on Cartoon Network.
Did they really?
Totally. It was a late night thing.
What is your favorite David Bowie movie?
Are there a lot of David Bowie movies?
Well, there’s Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth…
You know who I really like? One of my favorite directors of all time is David Lynch. I think he was in Twin Peaks.
Yeah! He was in Fire Walk With Me.
I love that one. That’s one of my favorite movies.
Alien or Predator?
Predator. They seem cooler than the aliens. The predators have a mission. It’s more interesting.
Which David Bowie alter-ego do you prefer?
Probably Ziggy Stardust.
Have you ever seen the movie Apollo 13?
Way back when.
Great. I’m not quite sure who runs your twitter account, but is ketchup a smoothie?
Yes. It’s a tomato smoothie.
What are you most excited to play / do / see at our Space Oddity party?
It seems like a really unique venue. That is probably the most exciting thing. We’ve been working on a couple edits to play for it that are David Bowie songs. We’ll get those in there. But the thing I’m most excited about is to play this really unique environment and seeing how the space is transformed with the party.
Did you go to the Air & Space museum when you were a kid?
I went when we played in D.C…. Maybe two years ago?
What’s the weirdest venue you’ve ever played?
Hmmm… Favorite venues and weird venues are different. I’m trying to think of a good weird one.
You can tell me about your favorite venue too.
We’ve played a couple of shows on the beach, which are really cool. We did this festival in Costa Rica called Envision Festival. It’s amazing. It was on an island in the summer. Tropical spaces are always fun to play in.
Have you ever played Secret Solstice in Iceland?
No, but that sounds amazing. I don’t even know what that is.
I get press emails about it every year, but it sounds awesome. Every year they have a party on a glacier, this year they have one in a lava tunnel.
I have to look this up when we get off the phone.