Q&A: {in-boxes}'s Daniel Elijah-F on Matchbox Twenty Fandom and Psychoacoustics

Founded by Daniel Elias Fernandez, {in boxes} are multifaceted, functioning as more than a musical group. More a multimedia collective than just a band, the group evolved from its previous life as Bear Nine, a similarly structured performance project whose alumni -- Kenneth Martinson and Tristan John -- went on to form {in boxes} with Daniel. True to its goal to remain a communicative ensemble at heart, collaborative efforts from fans and fellow musicians alike are welcome, both on stage and in the studio. However, it is unlikely those willing to join will ever be able to fully unpack the concepts {in boxes} touches upon in both their music and Daniel's visual art -- it ranges from the spiritual to the philosophical to the mathematical, covering numerology, cognates, coincidences, and the existence of God. Even the squiggly brackets in the name have a story. We spoke with Daniel over the phone to get some insight.

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Monica Uszerowicz