Who Are The X-Ray Poetz?
The X-Ray Poetz are from the planet Flushing. They were sent to Earth to conquer it and have begun infusing the blue planet with harmonious melodies meant to shake up the population through rip and tear methods. Their primary power lies in exposing the lies which currently hypnotize the peoples of Earth and replacing them with truth. They have the uncanny abilities found only in science fiction or comic books or in their own imaginations which are powerful enough to knock down any suppressive illusions being broadcast across the planet. They seek to transform the beings of Earth with their music, writing and ideas because they have nothing better to do on their home planet and because it sounded like fun to them at the time.
David Carus was born in Salinas, California. He grew up being influenced by hip hop, comic books, politics and philosophy. In college he began developing a unique voice in spoken word poetry. After graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, DC he returned to California and became a teacher. While still a teacher, he started writing and recording the first of many hip hop tracks. Because he soon realized the education system was suppressive, he took action to organize demonstrations and student walk-outs resulting in a new school district administration. Due to the overwhelming victory and newfound support he became the first rapper in United States history to run for Congress. He continued to record music and began writing the book "Hip Hop Will Save The World," eventually traveling across the country and arriving in New York City. While in the largest city in America he continued working on and distributing his music independently to thousands of fans. He continues writing books, recording hip hop music and spreading his unique brand of intellectual, inspiring music in an effort to overthrow the suppressive elements on the world stage and replace them with a more uplifting and artistic leadership. He is currently working with the legendary producer Ether Gun on an as yet untitled album.
David Carus is known by many names: David Munoz, Demian, Allegorious, Story Man and MC Cyclops. He sees himself as a causative force in the world and a proponent of the idea that artists create the future and set the agenda for all of mankind to follow.
Influences: Bob Dylan, John Steinbeck, Malcolm X, Tupac, Ice Cube, Will Smith, Elon Musk, Nicola Tesla, Gandhi, Bjork, Mos Def, Eminem, L. Ron Hubbard, Martin Scorcese, Naoki Urasawa, Stan Lee, Jose Saramago, Saul Williams, Ayn Rand, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney.
EtherGun (aka Daniel Robinson) was born in a college town and went there. He grew up in a military family and saw an underground base, and America. The America he experienced was the America of moon landings, hippies, disco, gas lines & hostages, SNL, AIDS, Flashdance, Rap, Punk, grunge, stem cells, WTC, Internet, Occupy, the destruction of the Space Age...many Americas, actually. And then he was, of course, an Artist.Yet, he was many Artists, for he could too write. Righting wrongs through writing, even wrong writing, was among those things he could essay, to do. EtherGun is one mysterious, controversial and thrilling dude -- still, he puts his hats on one head at a time, as are many of you at this precise instant.
In his study of classical music he practiced a lot. And he spent several thousand hours splicing bits of recording tape together -- to make music. He studied composition with Frederic Goosen, Bulent Arel and sound engineering with the legendary Billy Bagget. His most recent albums, "Eternity Bass", "The Kite's Long Journey" and "Area 51" are available on iTunes.
He studied poetry with Thomas Rabbitt, and is also author of several novels, including "Vin Ultra", the "Flommy the Robot" series (available on Amazon.com), and was editor for the NYC Police memoir "Routine Patrol" by Marc Cosentino.
Influences: Kanye West, Eminem, Armin van Buren, Tiesto, Immolation, Scott Walker, Sonic Youth, Gyorgy Ligeti, Charles Ives, Phillip Glass, Igor Stravinsky, Anvil, Spinal Tap, Johnny Cash, Edgard Varese, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, Peter Schickle, the Beatles...
Influences: James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, Ayn Rand, Mark Twain, Voltaire, Albert Einstein, Samuel Beckett, William Gibson, Stanley Kubrick...
With regard to the question of Aliens on Earth, EtherGun states: "If you realize that what's called 'fast food' is simply food adjusted for a non-terrestrial metabolism, I think you have your answer right there."
Regarding the future of music, EtherGun has been known to say, "The Indie guy's worried about 'selling out'. The corporate guy's got to make money or die. We're none of that. We're here to communicate -- listen up."