Phil Elverum (sometimes spelled Elvrum) is an artist in a variety of mediums, though he is probably best known for his music recorded under the names “Mount Eerie” and “The Microphones”. This interview filmed by Public Access Media at the Vera Project an all ages rock and roll non-profit located at the Seattle Center that Caffe Vita whole-heartedly supports.
Born in 1978 and raised in the forests outside Anacortes, Washington, Elverum came of age artistically during the supposed “grunge era”. The gradual realization that there was good art and music happening locally was an opening door to a new world. With a driver’s license and a job at the local book/record store Elverum began staying after hours recording in the back room late into the night, releasing a series of cassettes throughout his high school years. Eventually he moved to Olympia to attend college but soon quit because he was already totally immersed in the thriving underground music world surrounding K records. He had been given access to their Dub Narcotic Studio and continued the late night/early morning solo recording experiments in Olympia, eventually releasing his first album with K, “Don’t Wake Me Up” (by the Microphones, 1999). “The Glow pt. 2″ (by the Microphones, 2001) is probably his best known release. The culmination of this era of work is the album titled “Mount Eerie” (by the Microphones, 2003). It is supposedly “death themed” and after its release Elverum began performing under the name “Mount Eerie” as an attempt to more fully inhabit that theme and speak/sing from it.