As you’re about to read, Dimitri Drjuchin’s life is one lived creating. The more and more we talk to creative people, the more we see the habitual nature of art. The incessant need to create, regardless of medium, is an urge that is powerful in some of us. Whether pen to paper, recorded sound, or images conducted from minds via paintbrushes, it’s all a product of a tireless mind.
Dimitri Drjuchin has made a name for himself through album cover art and posters for the likes of Bonnaroo and Father John Misty. Add to that the bands he plays in, the cigarettes he smokes, and the Netflix he watches, and the dude is busy… and we applaud the dedication to output. Whether his main musical project, Corrupt Autopilot, or his drippingly superb psychedelic opus’, we enter the mind of an able, and accomplished visual and musical artist. Ahead, we use the alphabet to communicate ideas through a friendly tennis match of words commonly referred to as dialogue. Dimitri Drjuchin is a solid guy, and he said these things, we swear it.
EL: Your Father John Misty album cover, for “Fear Fun” is great… I think of the dude on the cover as the canadian shaman FJM mentions on the record, lol… 😉
Dimitri Drjuchin: Not exactly, the gentleman on the cover is Father John Misty himself, at least my interpretation of him.
EL: Ah, I see… We’re the kind of publication that will buy a record based on the cover, not knowing what the audio might contain, but being pretty sure it’ll be good if the cover art is sweet. Fear Fun was one of those records. How’d you get linked with FJM?
Dimitri Drjuchin: I was recommended to J Tillman by Richard Metzger. One day out of the blue I got several frantically excited emails from J, and the rest is history!
EL: Most of your pieces are dripping. Psychedelic definitely fits, but it’s also often laced with iconography, and the Bosch-like interplay of various characters. Is there a struggle you allude to? There’s a heaviness in it all…
Dimitri Drjuchin: I don’t know if I’m alluding to a struggle, but as far as subject matter goes, I am influenced by the world around me and my own life that comes out in some form or another in my work. I’m not trying to make any grandiose statements, I’m just filtering my perception of this world and turning it into something new and different.
EL: Your Bonnaroo poster for this year was stellar dude… did they give you any guidance on that, or were you allowed to roam free?
Dimitri Drjuchin: Thank you sir, they let me do whatever I wanted, they did give suggestions here and there, mostly where the band names should go, but for the most part, they let me at it. I think when it comes to concert posters that’s the best way to go.
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