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30/11/14 - No. 6
Hello everyone,

I'm hoping that you have had a chance to listen to the new Adventures Of... album, as personally I think it is one of their best pieces of work. If you haven't yet you can listen to Love Sick here. I sorted out a short Q&A with the guys to get more of an in depth look at the what was going on during the creation of the album.


Hello ADV how are we?

BJ: We’re good! Slightly shell-shocked finishing Love Sick. It feels very odd. But you never really finish I guess… got to get it to peoples everything.

KP: We are collectively well I would say


So, Love Sick is officially available to download or buy now, but what is it about this album that you love so much?

BJ: Haha, the fact that it’s available to download or buy! There were moments where the finish line seemed a long way away. And other times where the finish line was forgotten and the album was a pretext for hanging out, rapping, chatting about something we’re doing but not doing. That change of focus blurring and sharpening is the thing I love about our collaboration, built on friendship, music... yada yada… The thing I love most about Love Sick is having this thing that might not have been become real, and to know we always work with the coolest people, and they always work with us. That’s amazing. 

KP: I like it’s ADV-ness, it’s something I know a lot of musicians struggle with - their identity. We as a group ended up steering away from what we were really looking to do, and in all honesty it failed. (Bodies). Coming back from that was hard work, it required time to focus on our own creativity then see where it could fit back together again. I think in the long run it’s been a totally positive experience as the new ADV isn’t forced in any way, and the journey has taught us a lot and has doubtlessly helped mould what is undoubtedly ‘our sound’


How does performing the new material feel, and does it differ from older tracks that you guys have done?

BJ: It feels like the best thing, the album has been built on and off for over two years, so some of the songs we’re pretty comfortable doing live, but the majority of the songs make me pretty nervous, the kinda nerves you can really use to jump around and hopefully get people charged too. There’s some stuff on there that we’re not sure what reaction to expect. We kinda jump around a lot, but we’re looking to bring some new fun elements into the set that might make that harder. Watch this space I guess.

KP: I like it, I understand what Bernard James is saying there, I think a lot of the nerves come from the unknown. There’s nobody really making quite the kind of music we are at the moment, of course in saying that we are getting into subgenres of subgenres; but this affects everything we do, how we market ourselves, where we perform and of course how we perform. We Have very few artists to take direct guidance from if you know what I mean; if we were a rock band we could throw ourselves around and mosh, if we were a straight up rap group we would probably get kinda aggressive and shouty on the mic or do some Flava Flav - Chuck D stuff, if we were an acoustic band we’d stand and sing and be emotive and such. This means that there’s no standard ‘way’ of doing what we do so we end up being an excited mix of all of those; which in essence results in jumping around a lot. We’re essentially just enjoying performing stuff we know we want people to hear! Again i think the nerves come from pride, performing the new stuff on stage is like watching our child on stage- our music child... or something.


Which artists were you listening to whilst you were gathering ideas and writing this album?

BJ: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Depeche Mode, Ornette Coleman, Nine Inch Nails… the list is pretty huge really, but these guys stand out for me.

KP: Well, it’s taken 3 years-ish, so a lot of stuff will have influenced both of us; I get quite ‘patchy’ with music so in this time I distinctly remember patches of Deftones, Saul Williams, Kanye West (MBDTF & Yeezus), Bonobo, The Uncluded and Trent Reznor. I’d like to think that they will have shaped this record in one way or another.


Were you playing any particular video games or into any tv series when you were writing Love Sick?

BJ: Haha! Probably Prince of Persia Sands of Time… or Koopa Nut kicking my arse on Soul Calibur… just. TV I reckon probably too much, cartoons, probably The Killing, The West Wing… predictable stuff.

KP: I was, whether they had any influence on the album is questionable. Perhaps Scott Pilgrim vs The World might have. Gaming wise, Prince of Persia Sands of Time no question- what with workshops, music projects from ADV and beyond, the radio show and events we run, and the general existence of Preciptoman; playing Prince of Persia is pretty much the only way Bernard James and I can hang out and not talk shop.


Do you have another video or single planned to release from this album?

BJ: Yes! Two more actually.

KP: Agreed.


Where can we catch you gigging this bad boy?

BJ: Late Jan we’re doing a small central European tour, it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re booking it all now, so get in touch if you want us somewhere! After that we’ll be gigging the UK in Feb.

KP: And Maidenhead.

BJ: Always Maidenhead.


What’s next for ADV and any projects on Preciptoman that you’re involved in?

BJ: Quite a lot with both, with Preciptoman we’ve got a few big announcements that we’ve been developing behind the scenes, most of which include a whole mass of new music and words.

KP: Yeah, I’ve had involvement in a project that has seen me producer, and have written stuff that would never usually be able to be placed anywhere; but this project has made it possible. So, you know… I like it.


Thanks for answering these questions guys, and congrats on an amazing album release party!

BJ: Thanks lebop!
KP: Goodbye.



WHAT'S LEBOP GOT ON

Sometimes having the latest technology can take away the charm of certain things. Like going in to a shop and buying albums just because of their cover art (hopefully I'm not the only one who used to do that?). But I must say if it wasn't for Spotify, I would have overlooked some of my favourite new music. There is so much great stuff on there, and although I don't fully agree with the way in which it operates (concerning artist royalties and such), it is an enlightening bit of kit.

I recently stumbled across a website which utilises Spotify to help artists that haven't had any plays on their songs, if there is one way to be an instant hipster then this site can help. You can literally be the first person to have ever heard a particular song before it potentially hit number one somewhere. The website is called Forgotify, and it really is cool to just endlessly trawl through undiscovered gems, and whilst there is a lot of what I consider 'utter trash' (another man's treasure, perhaps) you do get a couple of beauts crop up here and there. And what a way to help get artists some much needed attention, especially in a world saturated by bedroom producers clogging up SoundCloud and other similar sites.

This time, I have been listening to a few relatively new artists. New in a sense that they have only recently received some form of 'mainstream' fame.

My first recommendation is a producer called Arca. He's the guy behind FKA Twigs' first album release (who I mentioned in my first blog post), but going solo has led to him fully expressing his creative side. Many tracks see musical rules literally broken into fragments, dunked in UV paint and thrown around a black lit room like a 5 year old not getting its chocolate milk. For me it is art, but others it is noise. I guess being a producer myself, I can't help but delve into the physical creation of the sounds and how time consuming it must be to meet the perfectionist criteria that we so often lay out for ourselves. As my favourite tracks are not available to stream, you should definitely check out the single from 'Xen' as it will give you a glimpse into this Venezuelan producer's world. This is 'Now You Know'.





My second is a producer named RL Grime. It is the electro/hip hop/trap alter ego of Henry Steinway, most notably known in the EDM scene. If you like HUGE sounding synths, with 808s to knock your socks off, then this album will accomodate you nicely. There are a couple of rapper guest features, but keeping the tracks focused on an instrumental type sound was the best choice for RL Grime. I reckon if anyone from Thorpe Park reads this blog, you should use this whole album for queue music before getting on one of your white knuckle rides, it has a real sense of 'I can take on anything' about it.

If you're a fan of Hudson Mohawke, Lindsay Lowend, Magnetic Man or the like, then you will revel in this rhino of a release. As much as I think Apple tend to leech onto the latest trends in a bid to lure consumers into a sense of worth by buying their products, they have used Grime's track 'Valhalla' on their latest advert to great effect. The following is my most listened to track on the album 'VOID'. I'd say turn it up, but I'm pretty sure it does that itself. This is 'Golden State'.






Until next time,
Peas.





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