Wichita-native Aaron Wirtz is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, Cutter J the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to DJing, turntablism, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer Reby Wirtz, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper.
Shane Marler, who issues the album Just A Fool this week, has been an active musician for more than two decades now.
Although he’s written music before, it’s only within the last year that he began writing lyrics. He wasn’t sure how to start that process, he says, so he called his friend—and labelmate—Wichita singer-songwriter Nikki Moddelmog for help. He says the worked happened rather quickly.
“We got together and three hours later, we had three songs,” says Marler.
Before long, he had a better grasp on writing both music and lyrics.
I read cookbooks like novels, and I have ever since I discovered my mother’s late '60s edition of Betty Crocker. I have more than 400 food books, and I love them all, even the ones that aren’t very good.