A mix of post Convenanza festival sadness and overly caffeinated as a consequence of being back in the studio for a music production burst. I have to be full to the brim with coffee before I can motivate myself to make new music.
Can you talk to us more about your singles “To The Half Moon” and the video collaboration with Robert Bell?
To The Half Moon references, um, a journey to The Half Moon pub, in South East London, near my home. The original was a conscious attempt to weld something at the dubbier end of the spectrum with Arabic or Indian strings. But it came out sounding redolent of early John Barry, with those dulcimer – type notes. And the remix is by Rich Lane, who I didn’t know personally but who is responsible for 2 of the best remixes of the last few years, in the form of his versions of Steady Stae, by Steady State and Y Llwynog by The Long Champs. I wanted some of that fairy dust on one of our new tunes. And I think it’s fair to say we got it.
Rob is the partner of Lamis – Lamis works with us sometimes and who is a very accomplished musician in her own right…Rob is an artist who has designed covers and videos for people like Joe Goddard and Hot Chip and we are always blown away by his stuff. So he kindly agreed to help us out and make a couple of videos – he did similar with our last EP. Make sure you have not drunk or smoked heavily before tuning into his films for us, or we can’t be held responsible for the loss of marbles you will experience.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this track?
See above – the local pub. But there is also something evocative in the idea of a half moon, I go night fishing in desolate places and the moon orientates me…and a half moon evokes certain kinds of tides, which is relevant in a fishing context.
The single comes off your EP Rude Rudex – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s the return of rudeness, after 3 other glorious Eps. Redux meaning return and all that. Also I love John Updike and I have always liked the title of his book Rabbit Redux.
How was the recording and writing process?
Each tune gets bashed out roughly in a half day or so and then, over weeks or months, initially I return to it for an hour or 2 here and there, before Owain gets much more involved, making everything sound better. Actually on this EP Owain was involved right upfront with me in constructing the initial pieces of music that I then subsequently buried into on my own, before returning to him to finesse stuff.. When Dave is around, he helps in a similar capacity to Owain. If live instruments are involved, they are typically deployed in the early stages of the process – so musicians will work with us then. Where a vocalist gets involved, that’s often at later stages, when all the music and sounds are buttoned down.
How does your different background and age influence your music?
We have a much broader range of references than the norm but the overall sound drivers remain rooted in things we all respect – dub, for example.
Where did you find the inspiration for the music?
Dub; the sound of low slung, lower speed dancefloors like ALFOS; the Balearic ethos – more anything goes, rather than the sound of Ibiza, to be honest; bands like One Dove from the 90s; Rich Lane’s kick drum sound was oddly inspirational this time round (“Owain, why can’t our kick sound massive like the one on that Steady State remix?”); Sarf London; the occasional beer, etc.
Any plans to hit the road?
We may do – a friend runs a very hip bar/ club in Oslo and has asked us to do something live. And Owain has live engineered for everyone from Lemon Jelly and Paul Oakenfold, to Paul Weller and various current house and techno bods, so we periodically mumble and mutter about doing something beyond DJing.
What else is happening next in Rude Audio’s world?
Recording new tracks as we speak, waiting for Owain to return from being on tour with someone or other in Japan and for Dave to return from Oz, before sitting down and working out if we need to involve others for vocals, or guitar, or keys. I reckon we will be well on the way to having 4 or 5 new tracks ready by this Winter. We have our eyes on a very big influence on us to remix one of the new tracks, especially in the wake of the support he has given to our current release. In the meantime we will also continue to DJ at the monthly music and art shows at Flaxonptootch on the first Thursday of each month in Kentish Town. http://www.flaxonptootch.com