Here is the latest “Inside the SMC studio,” a monthly blog post highlighting our members and who they are! This month, we hear from Andy Lowrey, one of the new movers and shakers here at Somerville Media Center. Andy has been producing DIWHY The Show and is now coming into his third season. We love having him here as an active member! Learn more about Andy below!
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Andy Lowrey, currently working in production at a local tv station.
2. What was the strangest job you’ve had?
Well, once I was hired to help clean out a house that was just purchased as is. It seemed like the previous owners were hoarders. The house wasn’t filled with anything too gross just old. Inside I found a lot of cool stuff the boss let me take home. I found a vintage David Bowie poster, a gold knife, and some weird old toys. One of which sits on the set of our show. But the biggest surprise was an old fox. Like a dead old fox. I don’t know how but in their garage underneath was a petrified fox. Not to be too gross I was just fascinated, how could this fox have had wound up here? The place was a mystery to me I plan to never go back. Another weird job was I sold knives for cut co. They are bad.
3. Where is your favorite place to retreat for mental or physical health?
I Like this question. My favorite place is this cabin in Maine me and my girlfriend go every summer. It’s right on the cliffs near the ocean. We have been going for about 7 years now and each time I feel all of life stresses slowly melt away. If I could, I’d go more often.
4. Who were your early creative mentors or source for inspiration?
I could never find mentors, sure people gave me advice here or there but I mostly felt feral when it came to my creativity. I scavenged for what I could and wound up with the tastes I have now. So I have a weird base when it comes to creative starts. One of the first bands I became obsessed with was Reel Big Fish. I knew everything, the entire band’s history, every song, saw them anytime I could. Their tongue in cheek sarcasm really stuck with me. The lyrics have this nihilistic self-hate sort of thing that I latched on to instantly. As for movies 2001 A Space Odyssey is where it started for me. I was 13 alone at my Grandma’s house, it’s 1am and I turn onto the opening scenes of the apes discovering tools. From there I became obsessed with movies and the deeper meanings behind them.
5. How do you get past creative roadblocks?
A break, a long drive, just any sort of distraction. I find myself to be someone who tends to over-focus on a single issue. So if I am hitting a roadblock I’m most likely focusing on the fact that I hit a roadblock. So for me doing something different always brings me right back to what I am working on. I’ll be eating or outside and the answer or next piece of a project pops through to the surface.
6. How has SCATV/BFR been a positive influence in your creative career?
It allows me to push myself creatively and allows me to give the community a platform. SCATV allows me to give local artists, musicians, wrestlers, performers, and many more a place to feel validated. It’s a place for them to express their craft. For me, that’s what makes this positive. It will always be my creative goal. Create something that allows others to gain confidence in what they do.
7. What is your favorite music album?
Aqueduct- Or Give Me Death
8. What would be your entrance music?
9. What’s your favorite spot in Somerville to hangout or visit?
I really love Union Square, Hub City Comics is my #1 pick of comics stores around Boston. Great selection of books, nice staff, and it has that library feel you don’t always get at other comics book stores.
10. In 140 characters or less, how would you pitch your show or who you are?
DIWHY is a public access show about the ideas, ethics, and morals behind doing it yourself. Hoping to inspire others to create themselves.