Alongside The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, Basilica SoundScape will also feature additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud – now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2018 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 ⅓: The Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE INDEPENDENT – Launched in September 2016, The Creative Independent is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. TCI is currently Co-founder and Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, Senior Editor T Cole Rachel, Creative Content Director Willa Köerner, Associate Editor Hannah Elliott, and Creative Programmer Elliott Radner.

TCI’s goal is to educate, inspire, and grow the community of people who create or dream of creating through discussions with working artists leading creative, independent lives. TCI publishes interviews, how-to guides, surveys and worksheets, advice and wisdom and other creative tools; organizes live events and workshops and curates publications that align with our mission. The Creative Independent is ad-free and published by Kickstarter, PBC.

ABOUT BRANDON STOSUY – Brandon Stosuy recently joined Kickstarter to lead a new project called The Creative Independent. He previously worked as Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. Stosuy is a Music Curator at MoMA PS1 and the Broad Museum in L.A, and co-curates the Tinnitus music series with Adam Shore. For the past several years he and the artist Matthew Barney have collaborated on an ongoing series of live events and publications. ADAC, their most recent book-length project, was published in 2013 by Dashwood. He curated the multi-media art/music exhibition, Rural Violence, which opened in August 2015 in Troy, New York (with book to follow). It has since been expanded and re-staged at Barney’s studio, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His anthology, Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, was published by NYU Press in 2006, and his children’s book, Music Is… was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016. He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.

ABOUT VARYER – Chicago-based integrated creative studio that builds partnerships around brave ideas, and works with others to find their most imaginative and focused voice.