(Answers by Alex Zhang Hungtai)

1. Why play music?

It was either music or a career in the kitchen, chopping meat all day.

2. Who are your influences?

My influences mostly come from film, as in how I put together the concept, narrative, mood, development of character, etc.

3. What is success?

Success is being able to pay your bills, and be able to take care of your family and take them out on vacations and shit without sweating. Success is to have the health and time to keep on exploring your creative ventures, to make sure you can support yourself living this lifestyle. To keep producing artifacts of my existence and shit, WITHOUT being stressed for money. That’s success.

4. Why should people buy your music?

They should buy it if they want to help me achieve my dream and goals as mentioned in answer 3.

5. Who do you love?

I love my family, my girl Zoe, and all the people that have helped and supported me over the past 5 years.

6. What do you hope to achieve with your music?

See Answer 3 above.

7. Who comes to your gigs?

All kinds of people.

8. What is your favorite album?

My favorite album is When by Vincent Gallo.

9. What is your favorite song?

Don’t have one cuz it changes depending on my mood.

10. How did you get here?

God dealt me a good hand, this time around.

Dirty Beaches new album Badlands will be released on Zoo Music in March.