MUTEK.ES Previews: Vessel Interview
Vessel makes his debut performance in Barcelona on Friday February 8th for the Nocturne 2 event held at Nitsa Club
Carles Novellas - January 28, 2013
Considered one of the best albums of 2012 for its new twists and turns in techno, Vessel’s debut full length, “Order of Noise”, will see its Barcelona premiere at the Nitsa Club on Friday February 8th. Pushing the fledgling Tri Angle label’s sound in a new direction, Vessel constantly unnerves the ear with his haunted, bustling productions.
Q: You come from Bristol, possibly the best known musical city of the UK after London and Manchester. Has it influenced in your music or do you think it could've been done anywhere else?
V: Yes, it has influenced me, but peripherally. It's hard to say how much of the music is a result of living in Bristol, but I'd say around 7.2 % .
Q: Dark music, dark cover. Is this lack of light made on purpose?
V: Yes. I'm photophobic.
Q: Listening to your tracks (and also pointed in two song titles) it´s not difficult to see that you have a tendancy towards dub music. Could you tell us which are your dub heroes?
Q: Your first record, "Order of Noise", has received some comparisons with Actress' "R.I.P.", and maybe also with Andy Stott and even Raime. Do you feel close to them or any other contemporaries working nowadays in the UK?
V: I think it's pretty hard to operate entirely outside of the influence of your peers. I do feel an affinity with certain other artists working now.
Q: Many musicians have pointed out that there is a whole different level of work requiered on making an album instead of a 12". What has been your case? Did you have an idea in your mind before starting with it? It doesn't seem a conceptual, packed record, but somehow it works perfectly well from start to finish...
V: No ideas really. It was more a case of starting the process off and seeing how it took shape. It does require a different level of focus, compared to making short-form releases.
Q: In your personal views, does making music tend to be a painful process or more of a pleasant one?
V: I don't think it's clear cut to be honest. It's usually a lot of things all at once.
Q: Let us know a bit about your relationship with Robin Carolan and the Tri Angle family. Did you follow the label before signing with them? Do you feel it's the best place for your music?
V: Not really. I'd heard of his artists individually, but I wasn't aware of Tri Angle as this big thing. Which says more about my ignorance then their status! It's an inspiring family of artists to be a part of. We also have a laugh together, which is pretty important.
Q: You also release music under other monikers: Panther Modern, Flexible Ape... and also, you are part of the Young Echo collective... could you tell us a bit of all of those projects?
V: Flexible Ape as an alias is a function of my long held affection for hard, fast and truly grubby drug music. Panther Modern is dead, long live Panther Modern. Young Echo was created to make me feel better about my music.
Q: How do you approach live performances and what we can expect from your near future visit to microMUTEK in Barcelona?
V: This will be my first no-laptop show. So you can expect cursing, power shortages,string vests and nicotine pastels. I'm practicing hard for you guys.