For Arthur Koster there isn’t much difference between acting on stage or film and performing as a singer-songwriter.
“With theater I was reading someone else’s script. With music, I wrote my own,” says Koster, who plays guitar and sings under the moniker Swimming in Paint. The music is a blend of folk and old country music, plus some psychedelic rock (he uses effects pedals).
“I like to have that kind of dark sound inside folk music,” Koster says.
The basics: Swimming in Paint started as a bedroom project while Koster was living and working as an actor and bartender in New York City. When Koster returned home to Fresno in 2013, the project became his main artistic outlet.
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“I found music was the one thing I could connect to and fall in love with, purely,” he says.
Affiliations: Koster interned for a year with the local promotions company Love the Captive, where he worked and/or performed with bands such as Soil and the Sun, Royal Canoe, Kat Jones and The Garden.
Releases: Swimming in Paint will release its first album “Time Left Behind,” Dec. 20 with an album release party and concert 6 p.m. at Little Bean Cafe on the Fulton Mall. Koster spent the last year working on the recordings.
Watch the full video interview with Koster at www.fresnobee.com/aysk