Recently contributor Zac Abid reached out to folk-pop and comic artist Lacroix Winget after the release of their latest album and single, “bye bye” and “am I doing ok??,” respectively. Read on about Lacroix’s new music, artistic journey, and upcoming works.
So you released your latest album ‘bye bye,’ at the end of 2017. What was the process like for making the record? How long did it take to finish? I thought it was really cool to see some of those old songs you were playing while you were still living in GR get a proper release.
To be honest, ‘bye bye’ was me realizing I had enough songs to drop another album and impulsively deciding to throw them together. I had been listening to a lot of old Alex G and Elliott Smith (C-Sides, Monsterhead, Easy, Roman Candle) and felt super inspired by how they re-release the same songs in different ways over and over on unreleased albums. I always connect with the earlier more “bizarre” stuff. After I released it the first comment I got on it was that it “sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom stall” which was awesome, and exactly what I was going for. I pretty much did exactly that, recorded most of it in my living room and bathroom using whatever I could to complicate my songs unnecessarily.
Only a couple months after your record, you dropped a single ‘am I doing okay??’ At the time I think I remember you describing releasing that song on an impulse. What was the process of writing and releasing this song like? Is it difficult to sit on great songs sometimes, rather than wait to release them once you have enough songs for an album or EP release?
Dropping “bye bye” was fairly impulsive, so I suppose I was on a roll and wanted to keep with it while I had the energy to. I spent the the prior few months (before ‘bye bye’) coping with a series of not so great events and I think I finally had the energy to write about all of it.
I saw that you recently played the Pike Room and also embarked on your own mini-tour. How was that? What were the shows like? How was it presenting your songs to fresh audiences?
It was my first tour! And my first Fusion show since June Earth was together (RIP). I Absolutely love all the people in all the bands I played with at the Pike Room (Mover Shaker, Greet Death, Dogleg, and Ness Lake) so it was a wonderful experience to kind of blast off with all my pals together. The tour was more for fun with my friends Marco and Travis. No one really showed up at our first stop so we ended up passing around instruments and goofing around, and I was too sick on Sunday to make it to Columbus so it turned into a secret friend weekend and experiencing St. Patties day in downtown Chicago. Definitely going on a real honest tour at some point!
In addition to your music I noticed you’ve also been doing visual art and accepting commissions as well. What has that been like? How do your music and your visual art compare in terms of motivation, inspiration, and the like?I LOVE playing music and going to shows and supporting the scene BUT my real true love has really always been comics and making art. I never really expected to get any attention for it but I recently sold a handful of Doink Chats vol.2 (my comic series) to Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor and continue to sell comics and do commissions pretty often. It is a different world but is much more honest where as I find it easier to keep my music a more cryptic form of release. Like even when I play for big crowds it’s still all for me. My comics are embarrassing and honestly like a big open wound. It’s much scarier. But somehow equally fulfilling.
You just released the third volume of your comic Doink Chats, correct?
Oh yes!!! It’s all DIY, I hand make them and scan and print them at home! Doink Chats Vol. 3 is going to be dedicated to all my friends! If you’re looking to get a copy I’d say contacting me through social media is best! IG: bigbuttb0y, or on Facebook and Twitter. I don’t have a site for my art yet because I don’t own a phone! But I’m looking into it soon.
What kind of art and music projects can we look forward to from you in the near future?
My plans are to keep pushing myself to create and am making plans for another album this summer/fall and maybe releasing some of the same songs from ‘bye bye’ but differently as well as new songs I’m working on alone and with other people. BIG PLANS are I am moving to Chicago this summer and am going to hopefully have more things to dream about in the city! Everything else will probably be on impulse as it usually is.