DJ & Broadcaster Nick Luscome will be presenting a night of electronic music tonight at the Village Underground featuring performances from The Simonsound, Subeena as well as Ski Oakenfull‘s project Ayota.
To get you in the mood for the event here is a clip of Nick Luscombe chatting with Ski Oakenfull about his recent project and travels to Japan:
Festival artist and seasoned interviewer Nick Luscombe took over our regular 60 Seconds With slot to chat with The Simonsound who will be performing on 22 June as part of our Village Underground evening Nick Luscombe Presents…
Tell me when did The Simonsound project begin?
The seed that went on to become The Simonsound was sewn about 4 or 5 years ago when Matt Ford (AKA DJ Format) asked me to work with him on a project for BMG. We’d worked together before as I’d always helped Matt mix his DJ Format material, but this time Matt wanted my input on a project that involved sampling old Chappell Library material to make new tracks. He’d been given access to the Chappell Library to plunder but was getting frustrated with the limitations of sampling. He was aware that I’d been experimenting with electronics inspired by the early pioneers and thought it might be interesting to combine the two. Initially we had no bigger plans beyond doing a couple of tracks but soon realised that we could take it further. Around the same time I’d been involved in producing a 12 part radio series for Resonance FM called ‘Welcome to Mars’ which told the story of weird science and science fiction during the ‘50s, and I’d created a lot of sound cues and musical intermissions for this , some of which ended up being developed into tracks that appear on our debut LP Reverse Engineering.
How did you manage to recreate the album so well live? Reverse Engineering is most definitely a ‘studio’ album and this reason alone makes it difficult to adapt for a live show, especially without pulling a full band and mini orchestra together! The combination of me playing synths, tape loops, fx and percussion with Laura providing vocals and flute (and an additional singer Rosi Lawlor for this show!) is a good dynamic that works well on stage. In addition to the sound, a pre-recorded synchronized video projects moving and still images from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Man’s conquest of space, new advances in technology and early computers are all represented alongside clips that show the fascination with ‘inner space’, or ‘the mind’, prevalent during the ‘50s and ‘60s.
What can people expect from your show at Spitalfields Music’s Summer Festival this year?
Imagine you have purchased a ticket into space, a space that takes in both the inner and outer realms of the mind and the cosmos. Along the way you will slip from one to the other, all the time guided by synthesised tones, oscillations, modulations, voice and flute from the ‘other’ dimension.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Well we’ve currently got a 7” single out on Battered Ornament Records called ‘Inside Your Bones’. It’s a collaborative single with Laura J Martin and has an amazing sleeve by Luke Insect. I’ve just finished a remix for a new artist Beta Hector which should be available soon on Tru Thoughts Records. His debut LP is out in August and well worth checking out. There will also be a couple of Simonsound tracks coming out on DJ Format’s new album sometime later this year.
I’m always trying to fit in more time for writing new material and this is ongoing, working towards a second Simonsound LP. There is a new track with Laura J Martin on the go and lots of other seeds that will hopefully grow into some interesting songs.
Practical Electronica – a film documentary about Fred Judd, a little known UK pioneer of electronic sound and music. It is being made by a friend of mine, Ian Helliwell, and I’ve been lucky enough to get some sneak previews. Find out more here http://www.ianhelliwell.co.uk/practical_electronica.htm