Live Current Volume 10 cover artist Jesse Lindhorst

Jesse Lindhorst interview
Illustrator Jesse Lindhorst stops by The Current for an interview on his inspiration and design process. (Jesse Lindhorst for MPR)
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Over the past ten years, a number of outstanding local artists have graced the cover of Live Current, our annual compilation album. After iconic artists Adam Turman, Tom Hazelmayer, Chank Diesel, Burlesque of North America, Aesthetic Apparatus and others, who would The Current turn to for our tenth album cover? The audience.

Matt Perkins, The Current's Marketing Manager, explains: "It's ten years, we've gone through a lot of artists, so wanted to go big, and open it up to a lot of different people." So Perkins and his colleagues put out a call for submissions and they received more than 70 applications.

Jesse Lindhorst, a Minneapolis designer explains how he heard about the project: "I got an email from a friend from college — I went to UW Stout — and she knew I was interested in design and music, so when she saw the tweet, she sent me an email and I applied."

Perkins said, "As soon as we came across Jesse's design, and the work that he had done to date, it really resonated with the community impact we strive to be a part of every day."

Explaining his pitch, Lindhorst said, "I wanted to bring forth the community and the experiences that music brings up within the community, so i started playing around with those ideas."

"I obviously wanted to represent the big number 10, but also show the community within it. So I drew out a bunch of different characters that represented all sorts of people from the community: cyclists, photographers, babies, people dancing, having picnics, kids playing in the park, anything that brings forth that feeling and the memories that music brings up."

'Live Current Volume 10' and 'Live Current Cover to Cover' are available when you become a member of Minnesota Public Radio. Donate now and select Live Current Volume 10 as your Thank You gift.

Tune in from noon to 2 p.m. today, September 25th, to hear Live Current, Volume 10 and Live Current Cover to Cover back to back.

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  • Want to design the cover art for Live Current Vol. 10? For our tenth installment of Live Current, we wanted to find someone from our talented audience who could make beautiful album art for the CD and vinyl releases out this fall. Sound like you or someone you know? <a href="http://info.americanpublicmediagroup.org/LP=431">Submit an application</a> by May 2.
  • Want to design the cover art for Live Current Vol. 10? For our tenth installment of Live Current, we wanted to find someone from our talented audience who could make beautiful album art for the CD and vinyl releases out this fall. Sound like you or someone you know? <a href="http://info.americanpublicmediagroup.org/LP=431">Submit an application</a> by May 2.

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    The cover art for Live Current Volume 10. (Jesse Lindhorst for MPR)
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    Live Current: Cover to Cover (Jesse Lindhorst for MPR)