written for Probemusic,
like Spraydog, has gone his own way.
Disenchanted by the amount of bullshit that has to be shovelled
to get at the truth in the music biz, he set up his own loca label
and has just released Eudaimonia, his debut long-player. It sounds
idyllic but if his beautifully-written press releases are anything
to go by it caused a monumental personal decline that culminated
in him losing his job. So how much of the press release it true?
"All of it. I did look like some kind of crazed psychopath for a
while. I would turn up late, unkempt, unruly hair and unshaven,
eyes red - I would stay up till 5am writing tracks - and quite often
have real problems following conversations. This meant that managers
and staff alike tended to leave a safety circle around me just in
case I flipped out. This helped my ability to take off as much time
as possible no end. I do think that invoking fear in your managers
is a healthy way to get through the working day."
a bit different, our Meme. Normal on the surface, subversive beneath.
His music is the same. Both Eudaimonia and Invisible, a split release
with Tome currently out on Mirrordisc, are journeys to nearby-but-elsewhere
on the back of breakbeats. Meme often tends towards the dark side,
the insular sound of internal turmoil manifesting as snarling, filtered
melodies but will occasionally whip out a gen-u-wine, crystal clear,
beautiful and moving 24-carat song. "I have always written both
tracks and songs, I merely used to divide them up between two different
bands, namely Meme and Near Earth. After Near Earth fell apart due
to arguments I merely re-appropriated my song-writing into Meme."
of the electronicists I speak to were previously in guitar bands.
"I was in lots of no-name bands during my teens and twenties but
my radical democratic outlook toward the organisation of the band
meant that too often it would either not happen or else arguments
would cause it all to fall apart." But he still collaborates. "Tome
is a long-time collaborator who writes very ambient tracks. I like
to work with him as he has a very chilled style which complements
and contrasts with my more aggressive beats and sounds." I had this
weird idea that Tome and Meme might be the same person. I suppose
that separate sleeve credits don't rule out schizophrenia? "I don't
think we can ever rule out schizophrenia."
he's his own men. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mirrordisc, 61 The Flat, Rutland Rd, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5FE.