ICE ROD performs at music venues, sets up the stage to look like a dorm room and freestyle raps on Chatroulette. This is all projected onto a screen for the audience to watch. The Urban Outfitters Blog, Slug from Atmosphere, and POS from Doomtree all call ICE ROD a genius, Dose One from Anticon calls ICE ROD a genious but spells it wrong.
ABOUT THE CHATROULETTE DORM ROOM FREESTYLE RAP TOUR
The stage is set up like a college dorm, complete with Bob Marley and Pulp Fiction posters - a snowboard in the corner. ICE ROD (Michael Gaughan), acting as just another bored kid in the dorms, surfs Chatroulette making individual freestyles for other lonely, thrill-seeking, sexually obsessive chatters around the world.
Gaughan wears an inconspicuous microphone, situates his laptop so only a bed and “dorm” background are visible to chatters, then creates detailed, hilarious, often insightful raps about them. The audience watches the in-person performance, but they also see a projection of the unknowing Chatroulette participants and the virtual dorm where ICE ROD lives. Audience members are invited on stage to act as college buddies and Resident Advisors.
Much of the fun comes from the chatters’ reactions: some simply watch, some laugh, some curse him out. Often the biggest excitement comes when the laptop camera is turned and the chatters realize they’re in front of an audience. At one show, a budding rapper was overcome when he realized he’d just rapped in front of a live audience. At another, a closet-exhibitionist found that there is perhaps no better thrill than ejaculating to the encouraging cheers of hundreds.
Gaughan, always the gifted lyricist, creates a show above and beyond the prank with his ever-changing library of beats and his freestyle skills honed over years in the Minneapolis underground.
Michael Gaughan has a BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MEd from the University of Minnesota. He was awarded City Pages' 69th most creative person in the twin cities 2010, and L'etoile's Best Artist of 2011. He has been a visiting artist at the Walker Art Center, and at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous group and solo shows including Deitch Projects at Art Basel Miami, Deplayer in Rotterdam, Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts in Oregon, the Ace Hotel in New York City, at the Soap Factory, Soo Vac Gallery, and the LACE Museum in Los Angeles. His paintings have recently been used in a neurological medical study of aesthetic experiences at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been interviewed and featured in The Onion, Irish American News, 89.3 the Current, and Radio K. He has made illustrations for Nike, American Apparel, Andrew WK, Diplo, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Jagjaguwar Records, Troma Films, City Pages, Flaunt Magazine, Good Magazine, Surface Magazine, the Seattle Weekly, Dining Out Magazine, and other musical, arts, magazines, and film projects. Michael has orchestrated over ten city-wide scavenger hunts as performance art/public art in Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR.
ICE ROD DORM ROOM CHATROULETTE RAP UPCOMING SHOWS / EVENTS 2012
7/13 Burnet Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN *(Not Chatroulette) MICHAEL GAUGHAN SOLO ART SHOW
7/14 Teatro Zuccone Theater, Duluth, MN
8/2 Turf Club, Saint Paul, MN
8/4 CO-Exhibtions, Minneapolis, MN, *(Not Chatroulette) ART SHOW / COMEDY SHOW / GOOD BYE MPLS PARTY
ICE ROD DORM ROOM CHATROULETTE RAP TOUR May 2012
5/4 Turf Club, Saint Paul, MN
5/5 The Frequency, Madison, WI
5/6 Reggies, Chicago, IL
5/7 Hangar 9, Carbondale, IL
5/8 Murphy's Bar, Memphis, TN
5/9 Exit/In, Nashville, TN
5/12 Electric Maid, Washington, DC
5/13 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
5/14 Shrine, Harlem, NY
5/15 Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
5/16 The Outer Space, Hamden, CT
5/19 Recoup Lounge, New York, NY
5/20 Garfield Artworks, Pittsburgh, PA
5/22 Birdy's, Indianapolis, IN
5/23 Bear's Place, Bloomington, IN
5/24 Quarters, Milwaukee, WI
ICE ROD CHATROULETTE PRESS
The Onion A/V article
The World's Best Ever
City Pages top 20 rappers in Minnesota
Scratched Vinyl Interview
The 651 article
MPLS TV article (scroll down for interview)
City Pages article
ICE ROD EARLIER PRESS
RFC Interview: Eyedea & Abilities discuss Michael Gaughan (scroll down to question 7)
City Pages blog collection of ICE ROD mentions from 2005 talking about 2002
2003-2007 Press Sheet