We’d been trying to get Blixa for more than a year when the email came in from his assistant. He was finally available and back in the States, having wrapped up a number of European appearances. I booked a flight to San Francisco, biting my nails and researching everything I already knew about the most influential figure in Ryan’s musical life. I wanted to ask him everything, but struggled with questions, somehow finding it hard to piece the words together. All I had were sounds and images - the “Z.N.S” video, his duet with Nick Cave “The Weeping Song”, that unbridled, feral scream.
Blixa chose an organic tea restaurant for our two-hour interview in the Mission District. I arrived very early and chose a table outside. I wanted to see him arrive. With each step he took to cross the street, wearing a three-piece black suit buttoned to the neck and a stack of magazines under his arm, I became more nervous. Blixa ordered a pot of wild mushroom tea, and took great care in pouring some out into my cup. It was such a kind gesture and after just a few minutes I was comfortable.
Everything about that day stays with me. His elegance and humor, not to mention the sheer scope of his vision, reminded me why Ryan admired him so much. Blixa offered to take a photo with me before I even asked, and signed my Neubauten book I’d brought along for the interview. I dropped my journalistic front and broke into the biggest smile I’d worn in years.Sarah L. Myers (via ballard435)