How did you start ?
I started World Wild out of being depressed, I was at home drinking a bottle of wine a day feeling sorry for myself, my previous musical endeavour had in a way been ripped from under me and I didn’t feel comfortable re-entering the world defeated, I had lost my identity and come to the realization that for many years I had treated everyone around me like shit and had been living in other peoples shoes, traveling around the world taking advantage of every one and everything can sometimes become a heavy type of negative energy to have on your shoulders.
I borrowed my girlfriends laptop and started making these sounds that took me back to where I was actually happy and really felt free, which was my youth. I would remember hearing all the 80s/90s sounds on the radio and TV, I remember hearing prince walking through the mall with my mum and seeing him on TV in like 89.. Creating those sounds were setting me free from all the built up bullshit being an adult absorbs and still is.
Please give an example of your music writing process?
Energy! But it honestly could be anything that creates that, from a word to a sentence to a memory or something going on in my life, extreme highs and lows, sounds and frequency .. I’m actually just absorbing colours and throwing them around to see what sticks. I drink coffee, a lot of coffee and am most creative around 1am to 4am. Everything projected in front of me feels like its under my control and what I decide to do with that reality is up to me, but also receiving information and idea’s and being open is also mine, I used to be numb and couldn’t connect the two but now that I have a purpose or a huge canvas to paint, the process doesn’t seem to have a beginning or ending, just different amounts of energy which glow in different colours.
I used to feel like my purpose in life was to accumulate money for the government by paying tax, I felt they had huge control over me and kept me scared, confused. Oh man, The fact that we only use 10 percent of our brains also made me think that someone bred that out of us to keep us in control … Its amazing what insomnia can do to you.
What are you working on right now?
Everyday I am working on this thing called life, the dedication of mine to a body of work I can happily take to my grave as a soundtrack of memories to where I was a child, full of sparks and freedom, questions and emotions I now hide and abide to. The next planet always seems better than this one but looking back at it and everything you did on it will only make you appreciate it and the opportunities it gave you, make you want to go back. Right now I’m just creating, at some point I will have to make sense of it all, get an understanding of where it may fit in with the world.
What is your gear setup ?
I’ve been using a Juno 06, Korg DW-8000 and a Poly 800 a fuck load of sampled drum machines, Fender strat. I’m in and out of Ableton, pro tools and Logic loaded with Waves plug ins. Iv’e been sending everything to a cassette tape and sending it back in through apogee pre’s. I feel that the most important thing you can have in your studio is inspiration, being stuck in a room for day’s on end can slow you down so my girlfriend and I have created a workspace that inspires me, full of old cassette tapes and images in the over glow of neon lights.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music ?
My days are so sporadic, Consistency or normality don’t really occur or sound attractive to me, I live on vibrations and colours in which swirl around in my stomach which for the most part feels natural as I understand there is a bigger picture. I don’t make music everyday as some days I’ll write poetry or design some art work, some day’s I will study vocal techniques or learn other people’s songs on other instruments, I enjoy writing music video treatments and watching old movies.
I can go days with out sleeping and eating properly and days where I can’t get out of bed it just depends on the information I am receiving. I physically and mentally can’t live a structured life as I think I’m too sensitive to my surroundings, my past and my future. My other passions are my girlfriend, dog named (Ted) and a 1969 Mercedes which I dedicate a lot of time for with my feet on the ground.
How would you describe your music genre?
ET meets Ferris Buellers day off.
Do you know any music theory?
What are your plans for the future?
Get old, keep my hair, do more to help others and to be happy.
How did you get into music?
I am very lucky to have a father who is a massive fan of music; I grew up with him showing me Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, The band and even Paul Simon, Van Morrison. He taught me guitar and would put on concerts so I could perform. The way music affects him is beautiful and has been soulfully imprinted into my heart by his connection, weather he knows it or not.
What are you listening to at the moment?
MINIMAL MAN, JUSTICE, JULIAN CASABLANCAS AND THE VOIDZ, DEVO, THE GRATEFUL DEAD, STEELY DAN, EURYTHMICS, KIM CARNES, PETER GABRIEL, PAUL SIMON, KATE BUSH, OUTER LIMITS RECORDINGS
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
Joey Ramone, Malcolm Mclaren, Phil Spector, Prince and Phill Collins
When are you playing next?
Ask my manager… Its 6:20am and I’m off to bed