MEET: James Jirat Patradoon & Sonny Day

MEET: James Jirat Patradoon & Sonny Day

Death Metal Hands brings together Sonny Day (webuyyourkids), Ken Taylor and James Jirat Patradoon, three of eastern Australia's finest illustrators/artists. In their own words, "The show is the culmination of a long-running conversation and will give each artist a great excuse to finally to talk to someone else at the party or just get another drink." 

Each artist will bring their unique perspective. Sonny Day dabbles in "death, sex and fresh produce". Death Metal Hands sees Ken Taylor unveil three darkly ornate oil paintings on wooden panels.  For James Jirat Patradoon, it's razor sharp demonic drawings - rendered in ballpoint.  

We chatted to Sonny and James ahead of the show, about artistic pet peeves and the sweet spot where music and art meet.  

Tell us about what brings this show together?
Sonny: Procrastination, indecision and mutual love and respect of the others in the show.
James: I made a blood oath to Sonny on a dark and stormy night.

Favourite medium to work in?
James: Digital has been my favourite for so long because of how fast it is and also because I can watch X-Files on another screen. For this show I've forced myself to make physical work in the form of ballpoint drawings on paper which has proven to be a far more peaceful and less manic process. 

You balance your own work with commercial jobs, what’s the most memorable piece of work you’ve ever done? (if you can boil it down to one!)
Sonny: Art wise? Maybe the work for this show, memorable in the sense that its all about me. Work wise? The soundtrack art we did for a video game called Uncharted, it sticks out because it was a train wreck and my hair has never recovered.
James: Yeah I'd have to go with the work for this show as well, I'm pretty stoked on it for once.

What do you listen to while you work?
Sonny: Music, only music. Loads of Hip Hop, Drake, Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz etc. Metal and Hardcore, Turnstile, Powertrip, Deafheaven etc and Parquet Courts non stop. Everything I’ve made for the show ties back into music.
James: I listen to podcasts and audiobooks. Right now I'm juggling HP Lovecraft with a bunch of psychology podcasts which is quite a spicy combo.

If you could change one thing about the art world what would it be?
James: Ha! I'd wipe out Instagram. It feels like a bit of a race to the bottom sometimes - and it's driving everyone crazy - me included!

Sonny, I know you work with Biddy on WBYK, how different is the process of working on solo stuff?
Sonny: Theres a little style change, but the solo work is more personal where as the WBYK work is 90% of the time answering a brief.
We’ve been planning a pure WBYK show for the last little while. The process is the same Sketching, working up on the computer then paint it. Trying to streamline the process so I can paint but still work. 

You’ve worked a lot with/been inspired by music. Was there a pivotal moment when art and music collided for you? 
Sonny: Picking up my parents copy of Led Zeppelin 3.
James: Hearing Benny Mardones' 'Into The Night' and imagining an 80s action-film/musical based around it, one could say my work all draws back to that imaginary musical in my mind.

What’s the first gig you ever went to?
Sonny: The first cool one? Ice Cube and Cypress Hill at Festival Hall in Brisbane. My friend Brad and I caught the train down from Bundaberg with my Mum. That show was epic 
James: Limp Bizkit ;(

And the last?
Sonny: Eric Copeland at Zebulon In LA and Protomartyr at Oxford ART. 
I'm mentioning both as I don’t get to see many bands these days and both were amazing for different reasons. Protomartyr almost gave me a panic attack, they don’t make happy music.
James: Youth Code at the Chippendale Hotel, Sydney's aging industrial scene came out in force that night and they look damn good for their age I reckon.

Death Metal Hands runs 18 May - 9 June at Lamington Drive, 52 Budd St, Collingwood.