with Jim of Baptizer
Name: Jim Baptizer
Websites: facebook.com/pages/Baptizer/138785029525220, soundcloud.com/baptizer, blondenamusic.com/baptizer.html
QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?
Jim – It’s hard to say, but as far back as I can remember my father was putting a Gibson Hummingbird in my hands & my mother would sit with me at a small organ. Aunt Mary would sing & play autoharp for me every time I visited her. I’ve enjoyed & wanted to make music ever since these early events.
QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?
Jim – I think most important are the relationships I’ve developed since beginning Baptizer. No one lives in a vacuum & Baptizer gains its vitality through engagement with a collective energy. I enjoy the fellow “artists” & “listeners” I have met. Aside from that, it goes without saying that having an actual label release is thrilling! It doesn’t matter that the label is “low profile.” It is run by a genuinely good fellow who I wish was not leaving North Carolina! I released horrid recordings on cassette for quite a few years, but gave up on anyone being interested. A label release is in other words a major highlight. There will hopefully be more to come. I definitely have a stockpile of material!
QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?
Jim – Approximately at the age of thirty, when I decided I wanted to marry my wife, was when I first considered children.
QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?
Jim – My family has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my work with noise & related genres. My wife has always been my biggest supporter & our creation of a family has had a major impact on my spiritual path & political views, which are inseparable aspects of Baptizer. Although I hesitate to use the term “negative,” family responsibilities do hinder me from doing some gigs, but that is fine. I’m blessed with a gift I would not want to neglect.
QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your career has had on your family?
Jim – If by career you mean Baptizer, I don’t know if I would call it a career because it doesn’t make me any money, but no, my family does not have a negative impact on Baptizer. Rather, they compliment my work, & they even at times participate in the project.
QRD – Have your children effected the music you make &/or listen to?
Jim – Yes! My children have contributed to Baptizer & influenced the direction of certain works.
QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?
Jim – No, but I do not rely on Baptizer as a career, or I would be broke & have no gear! I’m keeping my day job to avoid that, however. Homesteading efforts also provide certain resources necessary for us to sustain.
QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on being a touring musician, would you have toured more earlier in life if you’d known?
Jim – No, because there were no opportunities for touring before. I was in a state of artistic isolation.
QRD – Do you think being a father or a musician has a greater impact on your community?
Jim – Fortunately or unfortunately, the wider community has little interest in experimental/noise/power electronics, but I think being a parent most definitely has an effect on the future direction of a community.
QRD – Would you rather see your children eventually become a musician or parent?
Jim – I do hope that our children continue our bloodline, but their artistic & job-related paths are up to them.
QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in. How do you end up dividing your time?
Jim – It is a balancing act that involves planning &, in combination with other efforts of mine, little sleep. Ultimately, glory goes to God for all things.
QRD – What do your kids think of your music?
Jim – They enjoy a good deal of it, but in general they are not overly interested in noise. They seem to prefer anarcho-punk from the eighties & nineties.
QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your children?
Jim – Absolutely. As I’ve stated, they have already contributed to Baptizer. If they wanted to pursue something further with me, I’d be happy to do it!
QRD – Any words of advice for young people?
Jim – Prepare. Resist. Survive.