5 Questions For: Jef Hall of Idol Brain


Photo by Bill T. Miller

The Sad Milk collective of artists has been making their presence known all across Lowell’s music scene these past several years. A disparate crew of musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists brought together by a mutual focus towards detached surrealism and DIY ethics; a number of acts under the Sad Milk banner have been extensively covered by The Lowell Spin, including Inspector 34, Big Mess, and Fomosurfer, to name just a few. For now though, we turn our sights to Jef Hall, the maniacal genius behind spastic noise/pedal-pop project Idol Brain, to see if he has an answer for…


1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

Heaven To A Tortured Mind by Yves Tumor.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

I want a fest of all one person bands. Half people I know and half I don’t. I want to share a stage like that someday. Maybe that could happen in the unknown distanced future when this virus stuff is over.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

I like to listen and collect records. It’s fun to basically know which ones you want in your collection but setting a price limit on what you’ll pay for them or even a level of importance. It’s fun to bounce to different record stores and see which ones on your radar happen to you. Some I can’t pass up and bend on the price or spend money when I shouldn’t. With other records or situations I’ll say nah I can get it for a better price some other time some other place.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I want to see better turnouts. We took for granted the show/live experience and now we’re paying for it. That kind of stuff doesn’t happen everywhere and needs to be celebrated at least by presence.

5. What made you want to make music?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interview Bucky Fereke of The Old Rochelle)

Brainiac definitely. Their approach to keyboard and vocal modulation was approachable. Achieving those sounds was a mystery but through them I knew it would be both affordable and explorative.

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