Words By DJ Synapse:
I’ve known Bisc AKA Bisco Smith for over ten years. Being a DJ in NYC, you end up meeting an endless number of inspiring and creative characters. Bisco is one of them. I always knew Bisc as an MC, but I never realized that he was an amazing visual artist as well.
Fast-forward to a year ago. We both had re-located to LA, and I paid him a visit at his Daylight Curfew offices (then in Downtown LA, now in Venice). He finally caught me up to speed on what he’d been doing. It turns out that he and his company had been doing a good deal of design and creative for legendary label Def Jux and others. When I started working with Pro-Ject on content, Bisc was one of the first people I thought of to feature.
With that said, get to know Bisco Smith.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself as far as what you do? How did you start and where are you currently?
I make art that might be seen as design, design that could be art, and music that has beats and words. I am partners in Daylight Curfew - an audio-visual label / online shop. Really above all just aiming to stay focused and adding good into the world using all the above.
I started on the journey on the east coast, I would say in Connecticut, which took me to NYC, which eventually led me to Venice, CA where pretty much all things creative go down these days.
What are your most exciting current projects, and what are the goals of these projects?
I am headed east right now to show work in both Brooklyn and Hudson NY. The Brooklyn show is to celebrate a new space Succulent Studios my friend Sek3 is opening. Hudson is a solo show I have been working on pretty heavily in the last few months. When I get back, its straight to work for a show in Miami in May. The goal is always to push myself further with the art and vision, evoke thought, share experience, and ideally inspire along the way.
What 3 Words best describe Daylight Curfew? Or what 3 sentences best describe Daylight Curfew? You decide.
Discover. Inspire. Create
When you’re not working what do you like to do?
Paint on walls, decompress at the ocean, shoot pool with my lady, check a new film, travel, explore, take photos, and write.
Do you have any good stories about Tragedy and Triumph in your career?
Most days feel like its either one or the other, it’s a creative wave ride and I personally just try to stay level between the two.
If you were a meal of the day what would you be and why? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Why?
Ha! My intuition says breakfast because it’s the beginning, it always is the start of something new, and hopefully that something is powerful and positive. Lunch is a break for me, and dinner is the come down of it all. So yeah, breakfast would be the selection.
What is one of your favorite memories from your career? Please be detailed.
So many good ones. Most recently working on this Hudson Rails show, I realized I am exploring a time and feeling I have been in love with since I was very young, and there is a purpose and an end goal with that exploration. So I think right now is building a favorite memory.
How do you find enough time to do work, social media, create and be a human? Any specific strategies?
I keep email (accept for one to send myself info on) and Facebook off my phone, when I am designing I often use a program that shuts down all my internet go too’s, and as far as the social media. I do what I feel and really do no stress that too much. I am on pretty much every platform, and I do use them all, but I try to detach when I can. As far as the human part, I may be becoming part machine these days.. too many screens.
What advice do you have to give to up and coming entrepreneurs that work in your “space”?
Find what makes you feel good and feel excited for the day when you rise in the morning. Then do that as much as you can.
Who do you admire and why? Name 1 or 2 people please.
Design / Business wise I have always seen Jeff Staple as a really inspiring creative. Great work, great clients, and really strong, long-time brand of his own. Artistically I am presently really inspired by artists like Retna, JR, Jose Parla, faith 47, and Lee Quinones. They all are pushing the boundaries and breaking the foundations on the graff/street art
What was the best piece of advice you have ever received? From who?
There is a lot I reflect on, but these below might have stuck the most.
Ask everyday, “who am I, what do I want, how am I getting there.”
- A friend
The mind is an engine, it needs rest too – a TED Talk
Ideas are like fish, swimming in your mind. In order not to run out of fish you need to go see the world and have new experiences that will fill your mind with fresh fish to be caught for new. – The Artists Way
What are you listening to currently?
I have been on a big Shabazz Palaces kick lately. A whole bunch of beats, lost of instrumental artists like - Teebs, Bonobo, and Dilla, to name a few. Jazz and Classical find there way into the soundtrack too.
What do you define as success and wealth?
Success to me is achieving the life you want, living the vision you have. Wealth is a wholisitic view comprised of controlling my own time, building a strong family, love, fulfilling work, artistic freedom, all equaling a supreme quality of life.
What can marketing agencies and brands learn from you and your influence?
Balance, and how to bring worlds together – audio x visual, grime x refined, street x sophisticated, moral x business, Los Angeles x New York.
What inspires you?
New environments, creative people, natural settings, city pace, hustle, drive, and the pursuit of creative freedom and overall happiness.
Learn more about Bisco Smith and Daylight Curfew here.