•  Posted in: Kogaionon Interviews

1. Hello... How is life at the end of this autumn?

  It's very cold. London has been snowed on a lot but thankfully I've only fallen over in the ice once so far.   

2. What is the latest news concerning your band? Some new tracks, some new members, maybe?

  Naevus as it was does not exist any longer, but before the end we completed one final track, entitled Larvicide, which will be appearing on a compilation in the near future. There will also be a split 7" single on Hau Ruck!, with the Dutch band Het Firmament, with the Naevus track consisting of the previously unreleased track Sunshine. Apart from Naevus, I'm currently recording my first bona fide solo album, which will be entitled The Division of Labour and will be much more song-oriented than the solo material I released previously under the name Retarder. Essentially, it will continue from where Naevus left off.   

3. We will meet in Bucharest soon, only a few days left... What did you prepare for us? What are your expectations relating to the audience?   

I'm putting together a set that will consist largely of Naevus material, with some new solo tracks included too. I hope that the selection of Naevus songs will contain some pleasant surprises for people, as I'll be performing some songs that haven't been played live since the early days of the band, as well as some more established live favorites. And, hopefully, there will be a cameo vocal appearance from a special guest with their performance of an old Naevus tune.    As for the audience, I'm hoping for a good response! Naevus has been well-received in central Europe previously so I am hoping for a similar sense of energy in the audience at DBE.   

4. There will be 9 bands performing on this event, including you. What do you know about the rest of them?   

Simone Salvatori and Seventh Harmonic are friends of mine, so I'll be looking forward to spending some time with them, and I will also be part of the Sol Invictus line-up, playing guitar. Apart from that, I'm not familiar with any of the other bands or their music. I hope that I will discover some interesting new sounds.   

5. What music are you listening to these days? Any new and interesting albums?   

Recently I've been listening to Morrissey, Throbbing Gristle, Scott Walker, Nick Cave and Human Greed... so nothing unusual for me, really. I must confess that I haven't bought a new album in quite some time - I get more excited about things like the recent issue of early Bob Dylan demos.   

6. What kind of merchandise are you bringing to Bucharest?   

I'll bring along copies of the most recent Naevus 12" vinyl EP, Days That Go, and I will also have some copies of earlier Naevus releases available. There will be copies of my solo CD as Retarder, both Lark Blames albums, and I also have some remaining Naevus T-shirts that  I'll bring, along with copies of the Naevus lyric book, Slopped Down from Eden.   

7. Any important steps for you and your band in 2011? Some new releases, special gigs, maybe?   

Lots of important new steps! The band I have worked on as a labour of love over the past 12 years has come to an end, my solo career is beginning in earnest, and I have an exciting new collaborative project starting that I don't want to say too much about at the moment. So, in  2011, I'll be doing a lot of recording for various projects, playing a series of solo gigs around Europe, and continuing to play as a sideman for the likes of Rose McDowall and Sol Invictus. Enough to keep me busy!   

8. What do you think about this financial crises? Despite of this, a lots of bands are playing live, a lot of concerts happening everywhere still...   

My knowledge of economics is limited, so I don't think that I have much of interest to say about the financial crisis, except that, like most people, I don't like it. Live music is relatively cheap for a good night out, so hopefully it will continue to prosper, but I don't think that recorded music will fare so well.   

9. What does UNDERGROUND mean to you? Musically speaking.   

I think it's important that musical underground of some kind continues  to exist. It can be very important to people, particularly as they are growing up, and can help people feel a sense of identity and relation to other like-minded souls that they may otherwise lack. And in a purely musical sense, it provides a valuable creative outlet for ideas that may be too atypical to flourish in the mainstream but can nevertheless gain respect and an audience of some kind.   

10. Thank you. The final words are yours...   

Thank you for your attention and looking to seeing you soon!