Mark Stewart was a member of the seminal Pop Group, played godfather to the Bristol scene and currently instigates information terrorism through his releases on Mute with the Tackhead crew. His most recent album "Control Data", a heady brew of dark dub and industrial-strength vibes, was released almost 2 years ago so it was something of a surprise to find a 12" being lifted from it now. The disc, "Consumed: the remix wars", subjected a track from the LP to severe beatings by 3 of the harshest dance/noise producers around at the moment: Alec Empire, Nico and Johnny Violent radically reworking it into shapes that fit their own specialities (respectively digital hardcore, darkstep and gabba). We got a few words from Mark on the subject of the release.
It's been a couple of years since the "Control data" LP, so why release
the remix wars now?
seemed to me that the remixes were done with a lot of respect for the
original, did you choose the remixers on the basis of mutual respect?
you working on new material now? Do you think it will sound anything like
These two specific scenes (gabba and darkcore) along with a deep-felt love of really rough speed garage, jungle, some Japanese noise stuff and obviously "bad" speed thrash metal like Fear Factory and Machine Head, have been the musical nutrients that have been in my life-support system lately.
interviewed Asian Dub Foundation just after "Control data" was released.
We talked about the LP and they were fans of yours, have you heard them?
Do you like their music?
had a pretty traditional take on the meaning of "dub", basically that
it's a way of making music with the mixing desk being an instrument, but
you've said before that dub is an attitude. Can you elaborate?
title, "Control data", is it an instruction or does it mean that the LP
contains the data that will enable you to take control? Or something else?
is/has been you lyrical motivation? You often been described as serious
and paranoid, to which you respond that a paranoid is someone who is well-informed.
Is that your motivation, to inform?
I was reading "1984" while I was listening back to your older albums and
the music and book seemed to slot together beautifully, reflecting moods
of books, did the "Control data" book or CDI ever come out? Is it available
on the internet at all?
Mark has promised us some text from his "Control data" book later in the year. Watch this space...
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