I thought I’d drop a line here and dust off ground control. How have you all been, making music? Making noise? Creating & speaking your truth, your voice, following your heart, your head, the sounds in your mind, all that juicy juice that makes life worth the occasional walk on the plank or feeling like Frank floating aimlessly in space, or chest freezing anxiety or….well…good. You are.
So we take to our heads and studios, to push forward, to move and reinvent and strengthen. Like Nina Simone said:
I Speak Machine, despite witnessing the utterly crushing blow of a shit-eating manbaby being elected to office and the deaths of many a hero in 2016, thankfully had a very enriching year creatively and have finally really began to find our voices and how we work together…our process, so to speak. We had 3 successful (in the sense of me not having a panic attack onstage) tours that were an honor and pleasure to be involved in and met some mind blowing artists and all around lovely people.
Photo: Neil Fellowes
Fast forward to mid-2017…. we’ve adopted a truly lovely, glorious little dog called Strelka who keeps me company in the studio, and are sculpting inch by inch our new work. The live gigs are on the back burner, but we are also gathering momentum to release the soundtrack to Zombies 1985 on Lex Projects late summer early fall, finally ( WATCH THIS SPACE!)! We must have the most patient Kickstarter backers in the universe….
So I’m music making again. I cling to the rope of a pendulum that swings from feeling quite confident and deserved, to feeling like I shouldnt leave my bed and should just hold my dog & sulk into her fur for the rest of the day…the studio is both a treasured place where I feel my brain come alive and rewire itself – with the occasional joy-flood to be able to be doing this at all, to a place of sheer horror, pitch black bleakness and self deprecation. But I must fashion my feet like Butch Cassidy jumping off of the cliff..or Thelma & Louise stamping the gas pedal to escape their captors….keep moving forward. Well, I now feel like making music should always feel like this to some extent. I’m frightened of it, addicted to it and in love with it.
Photo: Maf Lewis
So the most “interesting” thing I can share with you at this point, if you so want to see, is perhaps a peek at my weird little way of doing things and the machines that I spend my time with.
I’ll try to post more…maybe a few times a week just to begin archiving my footprints. Also I want to share with you the gear I use, as always – I’m never one to be precious about how I do things – I’m if anything, grateful if people care enough to learn about it in the first place!
Anyway. I hope you’re all ok & well in this world otherwise spinning on an axis laced with turmoil… but hopefully a newfound bond to push through all this…with music, art & our voices. I wish I could articulate this better. More soon. x