By LA Weekly
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By Weekly Photographers
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By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Wiesenfeld's thankful for the support his parents have given him — a kindness which, despite their conservative Christian background, has grown to include his sexuality.
"I came out to my brother first, and I wanted to make it really epic," says Wiesenfeld. "So we drove out to Malibu in the middle of the night and walked out to Point Dume with the ocean all around. And I was just, like, word for word, 'John, I've got the fags real bad.' He was, like, 'Oh, duh,' but it was a little more intense for my parents."
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If that's the case now, you wouldn't know it. Inspired by L.A. artists like Daedelus, who introduced him to Anticon, Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus, Wiesenfeld relaunched as Baths last October with the goal of creating something more listenable.
"We were always hoping for the day to come that someone would appreciate what he's doing — understand his genius, as far as we're concerned," says Jude Wiesenfeld over the objections of her son. "He took three semesters of composition at Cal State Northridge. I was hoping he'd get his degree, but his father was in agreement with Will that he should get going on his career."
Staying in one place, philosophically speaking, has never suited Wiesenfeld. He frequently cites Valley boredom as his biggest motivator to create. And when he's not making music as Baths — a name inspired by his taste for escaping into the tub — or under his other active alias, the minimal-music project Geotic, he's usually watching outsider animation or reading Japanese manga.
"I feel like that sort of stuff is almost more realistic to me than everyday life because it's more emotionally resonant," Wiesenfeld says. "It's that perfect mix between very real human interactions and the outlandish. You feel like because there's so much more happening in that world, your heart can just expand and experience so much."
And he's just accidentally done better than any blog has at describing his music.
Baths throws his record-release show at the Troubadour on Saturday, July 3. Daedelus, El Ten Eleven and Matthewdavid support.
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