In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting Friday.
As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened Magazine will feature short interviews with bands from this year’s lineup to give you, the Manifest Music Festival lover, all of the more reasons to see all of the artists performing.
Next up is Sand Pact, an experimental electronic duo from Raleigh with DJ roots and a DIY sensibility. Find their latest single below. They play at the Nightlight on Friday at 9 pm with Spookstina, Diaspoura, and sister,brother.
Who are you and where are you from?
We’re Sand Pact, the combined project of Alex aka Debt Stalker and Kaanchee aka Gudiya. We’re from North Carolina, currently in the Raleigh area.
Is your city supportive of your music?
The Triangle has always been there for us. We learned to DJ on NC State’s radio station WKNC and slowly started getting DJ gigs through the people we met at the station. When we first started experimenting with production, there were a lot of people in the community excited to help us learn. Now, we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve had from the Triangle while putting out our first EP and booking our first tour.
How would you describe your music?
This is always an interesting question for us because the music we create always takes so many twists and turns on its way to the finished products. We have many internal and external inspirations so the ideas always seem to manifest in interesting ways. A lot of what we create is sample-based and that could be considered the thread that strings a lot of our music together. This is probably where a lot of our individual personalities are able to shine. We are also both DJs, so a lot of these productions are created with a mix-friendly approach in mind (though not always the case).
Describe your first performance.
Our first performance was at Neptune’s in Raleigh for the release of our debut project “Malleate.” We had the pleasure of performing with local favorites de_Plata and GRRL which helped create a really intimate and special environment. We were able to collect $140(?) for the National Immigration Law Center which were very grateful for as well.
Your last performance?
Our most recent performance was for the Create or Die day party for Hopscotch in Raleigh. There was a lot of poetry readings woven in between music performances and everything lasted the majority of the day. We also got to play alongside our good friend and fellow performer Asa (who everyone should go check out!).
What do you have coming up?
Manifest will actually be kicking off our first-ever tour, promoting our new EP “Acrid.” The EP is going to be dropping the following Sunday (October 21st) for our release show at Neptunes in Raleigh. It’s the first time we’ll be putting out a physical release. People who attend Manifest III will be able to buy the tapes a couple days early!
What are a few things you’d like everyone to know about your music?
In the spirit of the festival one of the most important messages we try to carry with the projects we make is their relationship to DIY culture. This isn’t speaking so much in terms of aesthetics, but more so emphasizing that the output we are able to create has been on our own as two inspired but untrained musicians. While we, of course, have a wide range of inspirations and individuals that we look up to, the work we have been able to create in the past two years has solely been the product of personal interest and ambition. It’s important to remember that even though learning to create music on your own or dealing with a pre-existing “scene” can be daunting and uninviting, you can still have creative successes and find community without having to compromise your own comfort or ideas. Build your own scene!
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Manifest III?
We’re particularly excited for the entire lineup at the Nightlight on the 19th with Spookstina, Diaspoura, and Sister, Brother. Also Wednesday @ The Cave. And Geexella on night 2!
Why do you love/hate the South?
The South is a lovably frustrating place because there are so many places here that have their own charm and are full of hard-working communities that really have a lot to fight against when it comes to things that have held the region back for so long.
Life is very different living in a place that holds so much dark history that is quite recent, and the effects are stubborn and inevitably bleed into today. North Carolina in particular is a state bathed in the history of the confederacy and institutional racism. Gentrification is also extremely apparent here due to really stark economic contrasts in many areas and has made a significant impact in the past ten years in particular. Not to mention this is also a state with very few LGBT protections, as well as some of the most densely police-populated cities in the country.
Things move much more slowly here, which has helped the community grow tremendously because it’s simply necessary. This definitely seems to be one of its best traits and makes it really difficult to imagine existing here before things like the internet and how they’ve changed the landscape so drastically.