Thayne Yazzie was born in Gallup, N.M., and grew up on the Navajo Indian Reservation in St. Michaels, Ariz. He attended a small private elementary school where he became fascinated with the arts and began drawing illustrated comics. In 2001, he moved to Bellingham, where he continued to explore music and art.
Yazzie is combining both of those interests in a event he calls the OLIO Halloween Art Show and Music Festival, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St. Tickets are $5 at the door, but will be available online for an early-bird special at Eventbrite.com for $4.
I am also a technology assistant at WWU’s Student Technology Center, where I help students and professors with a variety of computer programs and teach workshops such as the Adobe Creative Suite. My main tools include Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Reason, and Rhino 3d.
Our music spans across a variety of styles, including electrically driven guitar-based rhythms with soulful splashes of jazz, heavy metal, blues and rock ’n’ roll. Our album is available on iTunes and Bandcamp. Our physical album, which includes some incredibly awesome art, can be picked up at Everyday Music in downtown Bellingham and Village Books in Fairhaven.
On my own, I do a variety of solo acoustic acts, multi-effects looping with electric guitar, hip-hop production, and the engineering of full band albums. I also love to play piano and drums, and I’ve recently bought myself a theremin.
Inspirational influences in my life include Nikola Tesla; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Jimmy Page; my dad, Jonas Yazzie; and my mom, Patricia Briggs.
On Friday, Oct. 24, starting at 7 p.m., I will be hosting, along with my Olio mastermind partner in crime, Maia Anne, an all-encompassing art show that will include a variety of musical performances, multimedia art installations, 2-d art illustrations, food venders, Halloween costumes, games, silent auctions and more. It’s going to be a magnificent celebration of community and art.
I am also working on book of my own, called “Hattenfalls,” which is contemporary sci-fi about the power corporate food industries, futuristic technology and lucid dreaming. In the future, I would love to create things like this as my job. Someday I’d like to work for Pixar. Right now I am working on bringing a multimedia production company to life, called Olio Media Group.