~λίγες ώρες πριν οι demdike stare ξεκινήσουν για την αθήνα, ο quietdrumming μιλάει με τον miles whittaker:
Do you consider Demdike Stare as a hip band? What do you think an average fan of yours dress and look like? Hmmm, hip maybe not so much, we'd prefer to think people have had enough of light and like a little darkness in their music.
Horror films seems to be the meeting point of your different musical background. Will this be the core for all your future releases? Νo, it never was really horror films. Τhe original idea for Demdike Stare was to write a horror movie soundtrack, but our meeting point is definitely records. we have both collected records for over 15 years, and it's where we draw most of our inspiration from. the future releases will explore other areas, though films are of course a great inspiration to us.
You said that your productions reflect the music you like to hear at the moment. So what do you fancy these days? Will there be any major changes to your next release? At the moment we are listening to a lot of 70's and 80's library music, which seems to us a purer kind of music that is specifically aimed toward atmospheres and moods, also old musique-concrete records, which have a certain sense of mystery and strangeness, and much leftfield music, the stranger krautrock material, european jazz and some psychedelic european music also, Greek, Turkish, Danish etc. though there are some new releases we both like, music by Oneohtrixpointnever, Anworth Kirk, the Caretaker, Actress, Mika Vainio, Juan Atkins and others.
You seem to reject the hauntology tag that many stick to your music. Don’t you think sampling itself is a haunting act? We don't really reject anything like this, but we are conscious of any tags that are applied to us can be detrimental to our identity, and we don't like to be tied to a certain sound except our own. we don't identify too much with the other hauntological bands, but Derrida's philosophy can of course be applied to some of our music. sampling is an hallowed, or almost holy act for us, records are our raison d'etre, and so as an extension of this, is sampling of the records.
In which film of the last 10 years would you like to have made the soundtrack? Do you have any proposals about this? We would have differing opinions on this! But the the answer is any film. The genius of a soundtrack producer is to create music for many moods and scenes.
Do you think visuals are essential for your live shows? Yes, even more so in the world of electronic music. As we use a lot of hardware to write the music, this is not possible to take on tour with us, and electronic music is generally full of laptop musicians, which are not the most interesting of performance's to watch, so the visuals take away some of that pressure of performing. it also add an extra dimension to the music when you have well chosen visual accompaniment.
What’s the ideal place for presenting your music and what's the actual event you enjoyed more and why? So far, our favourite space has been a church in Malmo, Sweden, the atmosphere and setting were perfect, and the sound was cavernous! we also have had some good industrial style events in old factories and such, the Unsound festival in Poland was great, and the SINErgy Gallery in Philadelphia we also enjoyed very much, amazing space and killer sound system. Our live shows have a lot of atmospheric material, beatless and quite psychedelic, so less of a club environment and more of a good space is better for us.
What’s your opinion about music blogs and piracy? Information wants to be free, there is no stopping this. Blogs are an amazing source of obscure music, we use them if we are researching certain things. We think it's a great information resource. Piracy with mp3's is fine, to us they are kind of worthless anyway!
In a recent interview for Wire Magazine Shackleton said that music and drugs go hand in hand at some point. What’s your opinion about that? Haha, yes most definitely. Psychedelia in the 1960's, rave music in the 1990's and beyond. There are many a musician that will agree with this, and many albums and tracks that are titled after drugs, or experiences.
Black or zero? Do you think any of these words will reflect the future? Both are quite ambiguous and could no doubt be used, though we know not the answer.
What’s your opinion about the recent student protests in Britain? It's good to see a small revolutionary feeling in the UK, though it will make no difference. It would be better for all the students to make lots of money, and then maybe they can influence some decisions. There is no way of protesting making a difference today. If one million people march against the Iraq war in the UK, will it stop it? No, it did not. Maybe there is another way that will appear soon, but for now, it is not affecting anything.
David Cameron seems to enjoyed rave parties at his youth. Do you think there's enough love left to save Britain? Not from David Cameron. Love matters not, only money in the world of politics.
Do you like Kanye West? Should we??
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