What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I wonder also, as when it is good it is amazing, and when it is shit it cuts you to pieces. It must be in the blood as i never thought of doing anything else. From playing every shit hole up and down the UK in the early days, to the Great Wall of China and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with the new Mutant Theatre show and album.
The Mutant Theatre show was born out of a need to present something different. It is hard to put on as there are 18 of us from Russia, Germany, UK, Slovenia, Israel and Spain, and to organise is more of a nightmare than I am used to, but the end result is unique and restores my faith in how stupid i must be to try it. Best vibe yet.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
‘The Mutant Theatre’ album Is the music made for the show, our world through the prism of the Mutant Theatre.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
David Bowie, Howling Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Frank De Wolf, D.A.F. – Muhammad Ali, Luis Bunuel, Stanley Kubrick.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Music is my canvas, my movie, my way of story telling, my views politically and socially. I am interested in presenting something alternative, on stage with the Mutant Theatre or from the studio.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
• David Bowie ‘Hunky Dory’, Dr John the night tripper ‘Gris Gris’, Miles Davis ‘Sketches Of Spain”
• 2001 A Space odyssey, Jaws, Pan’s Labyrinth
• ‘My Last Breath’ by Luis Bunuel, ‘How To Talk Dirty And Influence People’ by Lenny Bruce, ‘Poems of Charles Bukowski’
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
The solitude of the studio is a perfect complement to the intense organisation needed for touring. Both need each other for my sanity to remain as it is.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I was playing in Naples when half the audience paid to get in, the other half dived in through the windows. As I was singing the lighting rig fell down crushing my microphone stand, missing me by an inch, the stage caught fire from a bottle of whisky left on stage, a fight broke out and one guy got stabbed. The fire was put out, the guy taken to hospital and we finished the show. What could go wrong on a night like that! I got drunk, jumped off a van into a ditch on a pitch black night, ended up in bed with an uninvited girl who kept saying “I am not a psycho”, until the pain in my leg got so bad i had to be taken to a hospital. Fast forward to next night, I am in a leg plaster up to my thigh, stuck in a chair by the fire as I could not move, the others went off to a restaurant leaving me with said Psycho, who kept on denying she was. I scratched Naples off the map of potential gigs ever since.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
‘Navras’, from The Matrix soundtrack. It was the last piece of music I wrote for the trilogy. The Wachowski’s asked me to write just 2 mins based on a theme from Don Davis, they loved it, so they said do another 2 mins, they loved that, so then 6 mins until they wanted the whole 9 mins. ‘Navras’ is a really complex piece, but it was the most fun I have had in a studio or at a orchestral stage, everything just fell into place, nothing had to be redone or altered. From 80 piece choir to African and Indian singing, orchestra to electronic, it was a total blast to be involved.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Win the Billionaires lottery and sod off up to space, and watch this dying planet suffocate itself whilst watching the news on Facebook and Instagram.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Do you ever feel like a monkey performing in a zoo…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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