TED Talk: Mark Ronson on How Sampling Changed Music

Mark Ronson TED Talk
“I can hear something in a piece of media and I can co-opt myself in that narrative or alter it, even.” – Mark Ronson

Producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Christina Aguilera) appeared as one of the latest installations in the TED Talk series. In a segment titled “How sampling changed music,” the talented Englishman spends seventeen minutes chronicling the heart behind sampled music, a historical overview behind Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s “La Di Da Di,” and even goes as far as live mixing aspects of TED talks and the TED theme music.

Uploaded to YouTube on May 9th, 2014, Ronson’s humble charm comes across, as always, wonderfully in his speech and is one to check out. Watch below!

Mark Ronson’s latest solo record Record Collection was released September 28th, 2010 [iTunes]

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Still Breathing… Esthero’s “Breath From Another” Turns Sweet Sixteen

Flipher Overture…

In a musical world pipe-lined by corporate businesses meant to drive record sales through mass-accessibility, truly honest records at the end of a musical fad are understandably difficult to come in contact with. Massive Attack and Portishead pioneered the Bristol sound, but by the end of the 20th Century’s Trip-Hop phase, there had been enough copycat releases that meant to capitalize off the sound to build an army. Toronto’s singer-songwriter Jenny-Bea Englishman and producer Martin “Doc” McKinney broke the mold of imitation by releasing a brutally untainted, incorruptible Downtempo debut Breath From Another, under the duo moniker Esthero.

What’s described above and is saving face for records like 1998’s Breath From Another is the status quo of cult classics, and their extraordinary ability to infiltrate the mass market quietly, but ultimately remain under the radar. Englishman and McKinney were able to bubble up through film spots (“Lounge” in Zero Effect, “That Girl” in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Boiler Room, and “Country Livin’ (The World I Know)” remixed by Goodie Mob for the Slam Soundtrack), but simmer down enough to have one of the most respected, touching debut records in the niche-electronic scene.

Released on April 28th, 1998 through the shifting music trends, the project garnered enough strength to transport eclectic grooves through the hearts  250,000+ sales, and many more listeners as the way to listen and consume music altered through time.

Here, we take a look back at the inhalations and heaven sent vibes of which embody the blue aura and multifaceted spirit of Breath From Another. From the words of Englishman to 2020k, past interviews, liner notes, and more, below is an exploration of an album’s heart and what causes it to strongly beat sixteen years on.

Esthero Doc Breath From Another
Half a World Away…

Though the origin of Downtempo music in the 90’s stemmed mostly from European vibes, Esthero hemmed their craft in North America, Canada. Meeting through EMI affiliated terms, the two created six demos that perked the ears of Sony Music enough to sign them to their Work Group (Jamiroquai, Jennifer Lopez, Len) imprint. Obviously impressed, a promo EP entitled Short of Breath was released, featuring four tracks of which couldn’t be more diverse from one another. A few months later, Breath From Another followed.

Not only is the Esthero project half a world away geographically, it’s also distinct in influences. In an uncomfortable interview with Darren Gwele, Doc offers a shimmering light about the multitude of genres featured on Breath From Another. “I like to call it a ‘salad bowl’ concept – there’s all different flavours in there, but they all maintain their own shit – nothing gets pushed together. That’s the cool thing about crossing shit over, if you can maintain the individual identity of the different things and respect them for what they are then it can be really cool.”

Somehow, diversity suits Esthero’s debut record well. In a melting pot, ingredients from the Pop, Jazz, and Electronica spectrum mix themselves amongst guitar layers, atmospheric vocals, and lite drum ‘n’ bass, dub inspired rhythms. Perhaps the most interesting use of instrumentation comes on “Flipher Overture,” in which Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and keyboardist for The Wallflowers) plays an Optigan, an instrument manufactured by Mattel in 1971 that produces lo-fi instrumentation through prerecorded optical discs and was manufactured for the consumer environment, not professional.

“Flipher Overture” seems to be one of the most interesting pieces of music, despite its short-coming of only being forty-two seconds long. Cee-Lo Green looped the interlude on the song “Champain” from his mixtape Cee-Lo & Greg Street Present… Stray Bullets, and it’s without question why. Potentially named for being the overture of the B-side on Breath From Another’s vinyl edition (FlipHer Overture, get it?), the song soars through string and guitar arrangements that recall melodic aspects of classical music, while fast paced rhythms scream for tyrant Electronica to march the composition forth.

Love Design…

The sheer amount of production, engineering, and compositional work that represents the whole of Esthero’s Breath From Another is largely overlooked for the controversy surrounding Doc and Jenny’s personal friendship (which has destructed), and replaced with babbling comparisons to Bjork and Sade. Sure, Englishman sounds obscure, and she does one good Bjork impersonation, but it’s a defining quality, and one that was wrongly objectified time and time again for being a rip off. Some could argue it’s typical Girl Vs. Girl journalistic sexism at its cliched finest, but no one can argue against talent, which Esthero surely has an abundant amount of (check out The Chris Rock Show performance of “Heaven Sent” if you’re unsure).

Anywayz, Breath From Another has absolute wonderful mixing work from Doc McKinney, as well as Dave “Hard Drive” Pensado, Jeff Griffin, Warren Riker, Blair Robb, and Abacus. As well as engineering work from Kyle T. Hamilton, with a gorgeous mastering job by Eddy Schreyer and Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering. Just how wonderful is it to know that Breath From Another has an average dynamic range of 10dB, as well as a maximum dynamic range of 11dB on two tracks (and this is from the lossy version, no less).

The way songs flow and are given space, the debut record from Esthero can translate beautifully in just about any pair of speakers, and reveal its layers of beauty over time, with each listen.

Esthero
That
Girl…

The lyrical love design inside of Esthero’s debut is a wonderful adventure through the life and times of the passionate adolescence. Jenny wrote most of the material for Breath From Another when she was between sixteen and seventeen years old, and while the record does exhale quite a few exasperated growing pains, the language of which encompasses this album speaks so vaguely, but distinctly of its subject matter that the humanistic appeal of the record is nothing short of magnificent.

Interestingly enough, fervency flourishes at younger ages and Englishman knows it. In an interview with David D. Robbins Jr., she recalls the vigorous writing process “[the debut] was written from the perspective of a 17-year-old girl. And when you’re 17, you’re fucking passionate. Because everything is new, everything is fucking now, do or die. You get older and get a little more relaxed. I think a lot of that comes from the passion of being young.”

In the same conversation with Robbins, the songstress would also give out more information into the motives behind Breath From Another’s lyrical themes. Stating, “A lot of the songs came from a very personal place. A lot of it came from trying to find strength in myself. I didn’t want to be the whiny jilted lover. ”

Breath From Another tells stories with cryptic enthusiasm. From the title track’s opening scratches from DJ Grouch from the movie Deliverance. To the uplifting change of complete structure in the song’s chorus, “Breath From Another” tells us not to compromise what’s gold for the soul you never sold, while the song’s verses and raps from Shug and Meesah brood a tale of desperation.

Brayden Baird provides Breath From Another with one of the more memorable, optimistic moments through his melodic trumpet on the popped out, almost bubbly “That Girl,” then comes back around to join Trombonist Evan Cranley, Tenor Sax player Ewan Miller for an outstanding brass section, put together by Doc, on “Lounge.” On “Lounge,” Jenny Englishman took to her blog, Esthero in Progress in May 2010 to discuss the meaning of the song, saying she had no idea what she wrote that about, because music is more of a visual, phonetic tool to her, then went on to describe a scene full of sophistication and dismay of which inspired the lyrics. Her imagination, if you will.

Even further, 2020k spoke with Englishman two years ago, and asked if she could share any specific memories she had while making the debut album. Specifically, we asked “When someone says Breath From Another to you now, is there anything in particular you think about?” In response, she spoke “I think of the first time I was in the studio and the first song we wrote, which was ‘Superheros.’ It’s been a while, I was a kid, a baby.”

Then, she turned quiet. Too quiet – like a pregnant pause that’s gone on for far too long, but the kind of pause that’s filled with deep thought – reflection, with a silent retrospective back in time.

Finally, she solemnly clued me in on “Swallow Me,” arguably the record’s most confessional song.  “…and then I think of the very end of that record, which was ‘Swallow me,’ and what that song meant to me, just as far as overcoming fear.”

The conclusion to this acknowledgement of song meaning is perhaps some of the most open we’ve seen Jenny-Bea Englishman be in regards to Breath From Another. Almost apprehensively, she continued discussing “Swallow Me” with just one more sentence, “I wrote that in a hotel…” she paused again, before allowing one melancholic, lone word to complete the sentence “…alone.”

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Swallow Me…

In conversation between Esthero and 2020k, the ethereal siren cracked jokes and ended on a conscientious note. “It’s funny, I think of that record and I don’t know if I feel sad, or I feel old,” she laughs. “But, I’ve come a long way. It was a special record and was born out of a very specific combination of people…at a specific time and place.”

For reasons still not disclosed, Jenny and Martin had a falling out and the Esthero moniker became a pseudonym specifically for Englishman’s solo ventures. While the two came together for two tracks on Breath From Another’s 2005 follow up Wikked Lil’ Grrrls  (“If Tha Mood” and “Bad Boy Clyde” respectively), Esthero boasted over never working with Doc again in a 2005 interview with Exclaim.

Regardless, Breath From Another is one of the staples in Electronic music that is impossible to ignore. The artistic chemistry created by Englishman, McKinney, and their engineering team is a rarity in any form of the music industry. The giving of breath from all parties involved with the Esthero debut to us is a gift that should be taken with the utmost graciousness and respect.

Music was the lamb that made a lion out of me.

Happy Birthday, Breath From Another.

Breath From Another by Esthero was released April 28th, 2014 [iTunes]

Music Was the Lamb that Made a Lion Out of Me…

To celebrate sixteen years of Breath From Another we’re giving away one copy of the album by Esthero!!!!!!!

This is a joint giveaway between 2020k, Avenge the Virgins, and Open Til Midnight!

This copy was a copy bought on International Record Store Day in 2013, in which it was saved from the clearance bin. I needed to save it, I felt completely obligated. I’d seen this disc sitting in the suburban town I lived in for 23 years and knew that it’d been on that shelf since at least 2008. Why? It has nothing to do with the music’s content, surely, but sadly not too many people in suburbia want anything to do with alternative music (which relates back to the opening paragraph of this article). The world I know is a world too slow, basically. This is a used copy of the US CD version of Breath From Another, as it was purchased to support a physical music store.

To win, there are a few different ways:

First way to win: You must follow 2020k on Facebook. This automatically enters you! After you’ve followed, like or share this article. For every like or share you’ll receive one additional entry. Bonus points if you leave a comment sharing an Esthero related story or letting us know your favorite Esthero song.

Second way to win: Follow @Twenty20k on Twitter and retweet this.

Third way to win: Send an email to cras.rkozain@gmail.com with the subject line “2020k Breath From Another Entry!” and let us know your name, as well as an Esthero related story or favorite Esthero song. A few more lines wouldn’t hurt either. 😉 One entry per email allowed.

DEADLINE: 5/31/2014

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Concert Review: M.I.A. Plagued With Issues at Pittsburgh, PA Live Show, Comes Out On Top! – Stage AE 4/28/2014

M.I.A. Live Stage AE Pittsburgh
Recently, I went to a Cults show where guitarist Brian Oblivion was visibly aggravated. Throughout the set, his mic was inaudible, Madeline Follin’s vocals were lost in the layers of guitar effects, and before their set a freezing crowd stood outside in almost below zero temperatures while a water main break down the street prevented the venue from letting them inside. Somehow, someone convinced the venue that it would be better to have clogged toilets and warm fans than constipated, dead ones and they let the fans inside. Another incident, I saw a Daughter concert [here] that found vocalist Elena Tonra suffering the same sonically lost fate that Cults would a few months later. Oh, and one time Crystal Castles’ sound blew out [here].

Sadly, most mishaps do not seem to be at the fault of the band. Live sound is tricky and got a reputation [pun] of being imperfect, but tonight at Stage AE, M.I.A. suffered through a set plagued with countless sound issues that hindered the hour and four minute long set on April 28th, 2014.

“Turn my motherfucking mic up on stage,” she snarled multiple times between songs. Eventually, she  stopped the show to ask if the sound was as bad in the audience as she was hearing it. It wasn’t, mostly. It was indeed difficult to decipher Maya’s words at times, but it’s hard to get a mix perfect when it’s just a DJ & vocalist. You try mixing a mastered instrumental against live vocals and not have moments during song structure changes where the vocalist doesn’t get buried by a sonic portion of the track. Regardless, the mix was apparently so bad at one point Arulpragasam stopped rapping the first verse of “Warriors,” turned to the dancers, turned to the DJ, composed herself, and continued along at the chorus.

Mic feedback screeched through several songs.

For comparison purposes, the entire Pittsburgh show was very reminiscent of the looks she gave during her censored “Paper Planes” performance on David Letterman [here].

Beyond mishaps, M.I.A.’s short, but powerful set at Pittsburgh’s Stage AE was packed with high energy, and high talent. The majority of her back catalog is brilliantly remixed and re-imagined beyond their original form to fit in with the theme of her latest record Matangi.

While the rapper drove the Google is connected to the government message home via sitting at a computer for the opening number “The Message,” the rest of the show was met with just a few dancers, a carnival-esque amount of Matangi themed lights, and two numbers in which she invited fans on stage to dance and charmingly interact with her.

Toward the end of the concert, M.I.A. asks the DJ not to go into the next song. What happens next? You guessed it – “Bad Girls” starts to play. While you can watch footage of this happening below, it’s worth noting that bad girls do it well [reference]. “Holy shit,” she laughs with the crowd. Only so many things can go wrong before you start laughing and one thing Maya knew to do was laugh along with the people who stood by her.

Bad night aside, she soldiered through everything and did so with elegance. There’s a vibe about M.I.A. that completely embodies the overused term swag. That vibe is amplified 500% when you’re in the same room as her.

She absolutely killed her entire performance with power, power.

SETLIST:
Helicopters/Snowden Intro
The Message
The World
XR2
Story To Be Told
Partysquad Intro/Bucky Done Gun
Birdflu
Sunshowers
Bring the Noise
Worldtown
Bamboo Banger
URAQT
Y.A.L.A
Hussle
Boyz
Amazon
Lovealot
Double Bubble Trouble
Paper Planes
Bad Girls

The redheads were saved tonight [reference] as the encore was cut from the set. According to the paper setlist, it was supposed to be “Born Free.”

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Infrasound: Matt Belmont

Matt Belmont
Introducing, the first article from our new 2020k contributor, Fiona Gladstone!

Hi there. Bit confused that this isn’t RJ? Me too, but bear with me. RJ has given me permission to write music blogs for 2020k so expect gig reviews and tracks all the way from London. So, here goes.

I am really into promoting unsigned music. It’s great that there are always bands passionate to break through and be the next big thing, it keeps music interesting. The reason myself and 2020k first got in touch is through his support for July Child, an unsigned London duo that I am currently writing for. It’s fantastic being part of such an exciting project and I have huge belief that they are going to be a success.

Another of my favourite unsigned musicians is Matt Belmont. I originally came across him at Bingley Festival in Yorkshire during the Sunderland born singer’s first festival, and he has had my attention ever since. After self-recording and producing his 2012 debut EP Not Coming Down, he has reached the top 100 of the UK’s official itunes chart and featured in the YouTube top 50 most watched music chart. He has since played the backstage VIP tent at Glastonbury Festival 2013 and is currently producing his second EP Roots.

Matt carries intense emotion in his voice, there are quivers and a roughness that truly capture the depth of his lyrics. It’s welcoming how his choruses aren’t perfect mimics throughout the song, making his music beautifully raw and bare; a refreshing change from the churn of audio enhanced music that can haunt our airwaves.

Here’s his single “Only Love” from the EP Not Coming Down. If you like this, it is definitely worth checking out his live sessions on YouTube – a natural talent.

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Northern Lights: Max, Krystale, Thick As Thieves, Black Walls and Villa Kang

MAXThis is a recurring infrasound guest post by Amber Waves over at Open ‘Til Midnight. Inside are five tracks – mostly independent acts from Canada – that have found their way onto Waves’ radar. Be sure to check out this month’s posting by 2020k on OTM’s blog monthly as well with the same premise, called Hidden Gems.

Oh my God, I think Spring may have finally sprung!  I think I saw actual sunshine out there, and I dared wear my pleather coat outside and did not incur hypothermia.

To celebrate, allow me to share with you a few tracks that have echoed the prolonged cold of the winter months or bring a little light into 2014.

“Cold Without You” – Krystale

Montreal’s Krystale has crafted a sound she describes as electro-soul: a fusion of jazz, indie-electric and island influences that offers a new take on the soundscapes created by the likes of Erykah Badu with the introspection of Janelle Monae’s ballads.  “Cold Without You” is a tale of longing and loss woven into an ethereal world of water-trickling percussion and synth and a bass-laced rhythm that evokes a more uptempo shimmy than might be expected.  Krystale has a great sound and beautiful pipes and is one to watch on the Canadian scene this year.

“Communion” – Black Walls

Toronto-area artist Black Walls released his album Communion earlier this year and it’s an intriguing, enigmatic collection of songs.  The impetus behind the compositions being the passing of his father, it’s no surprise that themes of isolation, childhood, attachment and detachment slip in and out of the post-rock and ambient layers.  The title track is particularly stellar, ebbing and flowing, building slowly as if straining to reach beyond the inky night sky to something more… someone now gone.  Recorded alone at night, Black Walls is indeed a musical dish best served through headphones in the shadows.

“Ghosts” – Thick As Thieves

Los Angeles band Thick As Thieves landed on OTM’s radar after discovering folk-pop singer-songwriter Sunday Lane (whose sophomore album From Where You Are easily made our top albums of 2012 list).  Lane’s folk-pop sensibilities are a perfect fit for the band’s established exploration of the intersections of classic rock, rap and R&B.  The result is music as catchy as any pop hit, but with layered emotional depth and edgier elements.

The video for “Ghosts” — one of the strongest compositions on their EP These Days — is sheer brilliance:  a symbolic representation of being haunted by feelings for a love now long gone plays out as Pac-Man tumbles into a downward spiral after being left by Ms. Pac-Man.  Touching, amusing and highly creative, it brings the song to life better than anything I could have imagined.

“Beauty’s Bones” – Villa Kang

Toronto artist Villa Kang lives and breathes in the realm of electronic music where EDM is shunned for the more classic playful vibe of synths, vocals layers and hand claps as accent.  Think Passion Pit circa Manners, sans sped up vocals.  Rich in bass, “Beauty’s Bones” treads that fine line between dark tones and shimmering, airy melodies to mirror the struggle between beauty ideals and one’s self-acceptance.  Heavy material and lightness of sonic being.

A solid debut and good omen for his forthcoming EP, I may have found something to tide me over until Michael Angelakos decides to treat me to a post-Gossamer release.

“Mug Shot” – MAX

I’m a huge Marshmallow (read: Veronica Mars fan), so needless to say, I snagged a copy of the soundtrack to the movie I backed on Kickstarter, featuring this track right here.  MAX — Max Schneider, a fellow Marshmallow! — delivers a ridiculously catchy fusion of Motown soul elements and pop in “Mug Shot”.  Let’s just say this is my daily jam, and I’m often caught singing it at work.  If James Brown were born in the late eighties, I imagine he’d be crafting a sound something like this.

Bonus points:  the video’s pretty damn fun to watch.  Enjoy! (And check out Veronica Mars because that show is amazing and the film is a delicious cherry on top.)

That’s all for this month!  Be sure to come check out RJ’s post at OTM, Hidden Gems.

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2020k Presents: An Interview With eyesix

eyesix Limerence
“I sit at the familiar computer and try to sketch out an idea from my head and go through several drafts until I get the one to call the ‘final’.” – eyesix

Deep in the heart of the Alternative Electronic scene is a world that seems to hang on to a distant memory. Pioneered by cult status record labels, both web-oriented and established businesses, these musical types are far and between each other, but always come out disturbingly pristine and layered with gorgeous melodies and brilliant compositional work. Jason Dowd, known as eyesix, contributes to this multi-genre with his two releases – a self-titled EP and his latest record Limerence.

Luckily enough, I was given the opportunity to hold a small question and answer session via email with eyesix for the 2020k blog. What transpired was a great conversation about the inner psyche of electronica, as well as what inspires, and what makes up the music and individual who is Jason Dowd.

Have a read below and give the record a try..you won’t be disappointed with either.

eyesix? Do you have six eyes?
Just the two, I’m afraid. Although, I nearly lost the right one a couple of nights ago at a friend’s going-away party, in a “fight” with a table. Escaped with a few stitches, a tasty scar, and a trip to the emergency room.

There’s a thick line between infatuation and limerence. Considering the magnitude of the latter word, what caused your debut LP and title track to be called Limerence?
That’s a tricky one, ha. I had planned to name the album “Maryland”, after another tune, but the guys at Sparkwood Records much preferred “Limerence”, and I felt that was the strongest track I had for the album. So I agreed without much thought – I liked the sound of the word. But it does have a personal meaning to me, especially when the track was done. I had never heard of the word, but it felt fitting at the time for the track, and for myself. I’m glad it ended up being named what it was, not a lot of people know what the word means. I think I got it off some ‘Word of the Day’ type thing, but it was fitting to be fair.

In the liner notes for your record, you thank the Twoism family. Seeing as though this is a nod to the Boards of Canada community, it’s apparent the Scottish duo has influenced your work. What other muses (musical or otherwise) have guided your creative work?
Yeah, I met a lot of good people through Twoism. A lot of friends that have helped me out, and guys I have worked with. I love the community there, cool meeting place for people with similar taste in stuff as myself, so I’m a frequent visitor. Boards of Canada, Christ., Freescha, Twoism-heads etc. have all been major influences. I listen to a lot of psychedelic stuff from the 60’s also, before I got into electronic music. I’m a huge fan of Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd, but I remember discovering Boards of Canada with “Everything you Do Is A Balloon,” and it just seemed to settle into all the right neurons – I was hooked and have been since. Boards have been a huge part of my life, more so than a lot else.


Electronica music is known for being abstract, both inside the musical nature and of the artist itself. If you could tell the world anything about yourself or the music you make, what would you let the listeners know?
For me, I think it would be if you want to give it a go, grab some software and keep at it. You don’t need thousands of quid worth of gear, and I certainly don’t have it, but I tried to make tunes years back when I was skating, on Reason, and they were god-awful, so I quit. I picked it up again about 18 months ago and that’s my main tool and I’m glad I got back into trying to make electronic music, although I’m very uneducated on the tech side, I think anybody can have fun and get tunes going if they want. No excuse with all the information at your fingertips these days, except laziness, which I’m guilty of too, ha.



One of the tags on the Sparkwood Records Bandcamp page for the record is nostalgia. Is it a conscious or unconscious decision to recall the past inside of your music?
To be honest, it’s just a sound or a theme in a lot of music that I enjoy and so I do deliberately try to emulate that, for sure. I love things that sound dusty, old and degraded, yet beautiful. I do try to achieve some aspects of that, but I don’t feel like I have yet… maybe in time, ha. It definitely appeals to me very much, and I can’t pinpoint why, as I’m sure so many others can’t who find that sound so intriguing. I think that’s part of the mystique – you feel something, but it’s hard to know exactly what, or why. 


There’s also incessant background chatter that can be heard through the stereo images of several tracks off the record.

Speaking of the background chatter, are there any specific soundbites on the record (vocal or not) that contain a certain significance to you?
None hold any real personal significance. I just source them online and use them where I see fit, to try create a certain tone or atmosphere. I think it’s most evident in “Sunsets on Skyscrapers”, especially combined with the video I made using edited footage from the brilliant Koyaanisqatsi [film]. It was an attempt to convey the pace of modern life, in a major city, that never really sleeps, and people repeat the same routine, day-in day-out. But mostly it’s there because I think it suits the tracks in some way or another, even if it’s just that I think its sounds nice, and works.

Is there any sort of insight in regards to how the music comes about? In broader words, how do you see creativity?
I studied graphic design in college, and worked as a designer for a while, and probably will again, and I see a big comparison between both worlds, for me at least. I sit at the familiar computer and try to sketch out an idea from my head and go through several drafts until I get the one to call the ‘final’. But at that stage, you’re sick of listening to/looking at your stuff, that you can’t critique it at all, so I usually ask my friends for advice, or wait a few days for fresh ears/eyes.




Are there any musical go-to processes you gravitate toward when creating a song?
Always a melody or some pads for me, that’s where I find I get the rest of the ideas, and sees the directions a track could go in. It’s always that way for me, I’ll fiddle about drawing some notes or mess with a midi keyboard and the rest comes secondary.

“Maryland” and “Idaho Transfer” both reference United States locations. In addition, they’re seemingly two of the more funereal songs on the record. How do geographical concepts get chosen to be represented on an eyesix project?

To be blunt, they don’t. “Idaho Transfer” is the title of an old sci-fi film, I believe, [though] I’ve not even seen it. I tend to just make a track, and if I pick up on something after, or sometimes during, that suits, I just name it that. Not a whole lot of thought goes into the titles to be honest; I just try to pick something interesting and suitable.

Tell us about “Drifting” – it seems to be shaping up to be quite a great project!
“Drifting” is the new collaboration track between myself, and the super talented Shane Anthony. It was great to work with Shane, having been a big fan of his previous work. We decided to work on a track together and perhaps submit it for the next volume of ‘One on Twoism’, which we did. We were both very pleased with the outcome; Shane did some great work building on some of my small ideas. We are working a bit on a second track now also, and hope to put out an EP at least, we have a theme in mind, and we work well together and think alike, I think! So I’m excited about that and what may come from this project. I’ve done a video for drifting as I always like to have visuals for the tracks I enjoy, but it won’t surface until the track is chosen or not.



What’s in the future for eyesix? We see you’ve submitted to the One on Twoism compilation series for the 2014 year. Any thing else coming up in the future?
Hard to say man, we submitted our aforementioned collaboration tune and I submitted one of my own. Still have a lot of sketches for tunes, but personally I would like to continue to, over the course of the next few months, build a release with Shane, perhaps under a pseudonym for our collaboration project (which we haven’t discussed). Other than that, just chilling, waiting to get my stitches out and a move away from the Green Isle may be on the cards.

Limerence is out on Sparkwood Records via physical or digital download at Bandcamp

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Disturbing Video of Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina Being Attacked in a McDonalds

Pussy Riot McDonaldsNadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot made a pit-stop at a McDonalds in Nizhny Novgorod before heading off to visit the penal colony where Maria was once imprisoned for Pussy Riot’s infamous punk prayer. While there, a group of men maliciously attacked the two with paint, trash, pepper spray, green antiseptic, other weapons, and verbal assaults.

Alekhina can be heard asking for the police while Tolokonnikova shouts out “it hurts,” and asks why the group of men why they are carrying out the unprovoked attack.

According to The Guardian, a police spokeswoman stated “They can say it was a provocation by the law enforcement authorities. The law enforcement authorities can say it was a PR-stunt by Pussy Riot. We don’t deal with rumours.”

The video below shows the aftermath, as well as the act itself.

Recently, Maria and Nadya suffered brutal beatings and arrests in Sochi.

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