Tell us a bit about ESS O ESS. How did it come about and is there anything we can look forward to where that’s concerned?
Ess o Ess is a production and when we can! DJ duo between myself and Christopher Tarquin Stoker. Although we started the project when we both lived in London it since progressed into a trans-global pairing using the internet to send our productions back and forth and generally argue about what to do with them. Chris and I met when he was running the Bad Passion parties with the brains of the operation Andy Bainbridge (the pair now behind Not An Animal records). Our mutual appreciation of a late-night leads us to discover our similar tastes in certain music, bands and sounds. We came to the conclusion on one such morning that we should try and make our own take on the dance music we were DJing by using live instrumentation, my studio and production and whatever mental lyrics and ideas that came into Chris’ head. This has spawned records and remixes on several labels in euro and hopefully soon in Australia.
Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound the most?
Drexciya – My brother in law introduced me to Drexciya some years back, it sounded almost familiar but at the same time otherworldly. The definition of machine music! Metallic but still lush, organic and thought evoking. I definitely wanted to imagine making electronic music in a similar vein! I still do although I don’t think it possible to quite touch their genius.
New Order – I, like many others, owe so much to New Order and Joy Division before them, taking risks and ignoring so much of what anyone may have expected of them at times. Their influence can be heard in so much modern alternative music and always for the right reasons. I keep hold them in my highest regards, from the influence on the bands I was in, to my productions of the present.
The Beatles – Revolver – I have been obsessed with this band and their story since I was a child. The advances Revolver brought in-studio production through pushing technique and concept though primitive equipment is mind-blowing! The whole album, being essentially made on a four-track recorder, paved the way for so much. And even though they were the biggest pop band in the world at the time it very rare they’d also be the most avant-garde. maybe as expected, the songwriting, melodies and harmonies are second to none. Although imagine hearing the left-field sounds of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ in 1966…It still freaks me out now. It’s always been a real inspiration in my eyes.