1. Analog or Digital?
I love knobs and buttons. I love structures imposed by limitations. I
love the objects, the parts and pieces that you can physically
assemble in various configurations. I love constant, organic variation
I love cheap, accessible technology that levels the playing field. I
love economical, extraordinarily compact storage for information and
media. I love my iPhone (most of the time).
2. What time did you wake up today?
Around 4:30am and then again at 6:50am.
3. Last thing you read?
Synchronicity by F. David Peat and an article in Saveur on Swedish
food culture. I’m always reading a couple of really different things
at the same time so that I can switch if I’m not in the headspace for
one or the other.
4. Whats your first memory?
My first clear memory is of eating cherry pie at my grandparent’s
restaurant in North Carolina and being taken back to the kitchen to
see the chef’s Smurf collection.
5. Tea Or Coffee?
Both. I spent eight years working in the tea world and the last four
in the coffee world. My apartment is full of brewing devices.
6. Last thing you cooked?
Broccoli rabe with garlic, sherry and pecorino romano, sweet pea
risotto, and salmon baked with lemon and olive oil in parchment paper.
7. If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
8. What inspires you?
Lots of things… I would say that being in nature is massive for me.
That’s one of the reasons why I live where I do. The Oregon coast
blows my mind every time I go out there. It’s my church.
9. Last record you played?
A Orillas del Magdalena – Coastal Cumbias from Colombia’s Disco
Fuentes (Domino Sound 024)
10. Favorite piece of musical equipment?
My bass clarinet. A 1960’s Selmer Series 9 I inherited from my
grandfather. I’ve played a lot of nice clarinets, but that one feels
like an extension of my body. It’s part of me now.
11. Last movie you saw?
Bill Cunningham New York
12. Who do you love?
My wife Heather. I love a lot of people, but no one as much as her.
13. Do you have any pets?
Two cats. Brothers. Hoover and Britches.
14. Are you useful?
Depends on who you ask.
15. Biggest fear?
Being alone. I know I should be comfortable with it, but I grew up in
a massive family and have lived with people I love my whole life. It’s
hard for me to enjoy anything thoroughly unless I have someone to
share it with.
16. What do you value the most?
Relationships. See above.
17. Famous last words?
I’ll try anything once.
Jonathan Sielaff lives with his lady (who runs the amazing OLO Fragrance) in Portland, Oregon, is one half of Golden Retriever (whose latest LP ‘Light Cones’ is still available), and can often be found expounding upon bean variants and brewing methods.