Gold Panda Interview: Inspiration from Samples, Loved Ones, and Distracting Dogs

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Obligatory mug shot. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Photos used by permission of Ghostly International. Gold Panda’s debut full-length, “Lucky Shiner,” draws upon emotional connections to friends and family to spin a pulsing, textured set of portraits, crafted from flattened sampled textures in tiny slices. It’s a journey through a series of musical screens. The artist, out on Ghostly International, has already made a name in singles and remixes, but the full-length gives him room to tell a story. He spoke to us from the road — after a failed connection as he traveled through the communications blackouts of America’s Western deserts. […]