answers the MUSIC WORKS Questionnaire
MSc Chemistry University of Warwick.
2. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?
Bon Iver’s curated Pitchfork Festival (Paris) and our Blogotheque session on the same day.Positivus (Latvia) alongside Muse, Scissor Sisters. European Culture Congress (Wroclaw) alongside Brian Eno.
A top-charting release, and taking Stornoway touring in my home country of South Africa.
4.SONGS YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Make Yourself by Incubus, Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider by Of Montreal, Death By Numbers by Noah And The Whale.
5.DESERT ISLAND DISCS?
Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Orchestre Baobab’s Specialist In All Styles, Of Montreal’s Paralytic Stalks, Spring Offensive’s Young Animal Hearts.
6.FAVOURITE ARTISTS/BANDS OF ALL TIME?
Of Montreal, Vashti Bunyan, Coolio.
7.WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?
8.THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
My side project band playing African fusion folk music, called Count Drachma.
10.VINYL, CASSETTE, CD, MP3, WEB STREAMING?
11.INDIE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET
Crowdfunding is the future of indie. Bands, brands, directors, developers, entire movements, can form out of the pledging/pre-ordering/crowdsourcing way of doing business. Instead of consumers being told “this thing is happening, you should turn up and pay for your copy” we now have fans being part of the curation/creation of something.
It’s a shift in rhetoric towards “Hi! We’re a band, you’re a music lover, and we have a fantastic if crazy idea. Help us make it a reality by pre-ordering, placing your faith in us, and being part of this. We’ll see you release day!” I find this a much more inclusive & affirming relationship. It’s been very positive to do our own album through this model, and I imagine all artists will be running their pre-orders through Pledgemusic & similar companies within a year.
There is no correct way in anything, just slow down and make the best choices you can day to day.
Indie-folk group Stornoway return on April 13, 2015 with their third album Bonxie, which was entirely crowdfunded. For the first time the band enlisted a producer and he is none other than Gil Norton. Noted for his work with Pixies, Foo Fighters, Twin Atlantic, etc. Gil certainly rocked Stornoways world and shook them out of their comfort zones. The track “Man on Wire” is mixed by Craig Potter (Elbow).
Whilst Stornoways second album Tales From Terra Firma was concerned with very personal stories, Bonxie is far more outward looking. It is infused with a humanistic ideal; a sense of humility and wonderment for the forces of nature, a desire and need for mutual regard and for a respect towards each other and the environment.
The record earned many positive reviews from the likes of the Guardian, Uncut, and Q Magazine, and charted at No. 20 on the UK Albums Chart.
December 26, 2017