We had the good fortune of connecting with Archie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Archie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
There was just no other way for me. I have always been bursting with a million ideas and songs as long as I can remember. In pre school I was the only kid with two cubbies because I took my art making so seriously I was making too much to fit into just one. I’m also incredibly stubborn and hate being told something isn’t possible. I hate working for people. I love to work from the second I wake up until I pass out on projects I am passionate about and that’s all I want to do. It’s a compulsion inside of me. Making music and creating visuals is just in the smallest molecules that make me me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of the worlds I’m able to create with my music and visuals. I have such a rich inner life that I want so deeply to share with people. That’s what being a Shycon is all about! It’s short for shy icon but it really alludes to being introverted and having my need to be seen and feel connected fulfilled through sharing my inner world via my music. I fought the urge to live this life for so long, I even got a degree in economics, but the desire to get this music out of me was just too strong. I want to connect with as many people as I can through it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a week long list of things to do in Seattle I would say a) come in the summer. Seattle summer is this country’s best kept secret.

Places I would go for food and drink:
Ezelles
Tavolata
Dreamland
Oddfellows
Ba Bar
Tamarind Tree
Fogon
Any of the taco trucks in White Center
Altura and Canlis if you have an excess of funds.

Activities:
Our parks are one of my favorite things about this city. Pick one and go, they’re all amazing.
The Ballard Lochs (locks?-who knows but it’s cute and there are lots of wild seals and giant old timey birds)
Kremwerk for an amazing drag show
Dykiki for some nude beach time
Hot tub boats on lake Union
Dancing at R Place
The Hot House (my personal favorite) for some spa time
The MOHAI
The MoPop
Pike Place Market (but skip the Starbucks, that’s not actually the original anyways)
Visit Pioneer Square

There’s a parking garage by my house that overlooks Capitol Hill-I love hanging up there with some friends.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout my Bay Area brilliant choreographer Lex Ramirez, and enigmatic engineer P. Kruise. They were both foundational in helping me bring my visions to life for my sound and my live show and I am immensely indebted to them both.

Instagram: @archietheshycon

Image Credits
Savannah Sykes Max Kassidy Carlin Stoll Jackson Quall Israel Hunter

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