Posts Tagged ‘song’

To The Moon – new videos,a ukulele,several hats,swans & a telescope

To The Moon is a new collective of musicians I’ve been playing with lately (with songs and lead vocals by the gorgeously voiced Matt Kilford). There is lots more coming from them but a couple of videos we made over the summer in some beautiful settings (with hats, swans, a ukulele and a gigantic telescope) have gone up online recently.

It’d be lovely if you could share them around and or/join the mailing list to find out what will be happening next but it would be even better if you could watch these links and enjoy the music :)

‘Photograph’ (WARNING-this is a catchy little minx of a song and it features my blindingly new hi hats.Wear sunglasses if necessary.)

‘Eve of the morning sun’

To find out more about To The Moon click here


Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie,Feeder)

Mark Richardson

Interview with Mark Richardson

As a student at music college I remember being star struck seeing Mark Richardson and Chad Smith playing drums together in a packed venue. Although I could hardly see them across the sea of people, Mark’s presence behind the kit was huge and unmistakable and it is something that has made him one of the UK’s top rock drummers.

I was fortunate enough to speak to Mark after he had been to Zildjian’s artist day in April this year. He told me about the excitement surrounding Skunk Anansie reforming with their 2010 album ‘Wonderlustre’, his time with Feeder, beating addiction, taking drum lessons and the struggles of being a rock star dog owner.

What circumstances led to Skunk Anansie reforming?

We all sort of kept in touch after we’d split up; Cass and I would go and see Skin separately and Cass hung out with Ace. I went to see Ace for his birthdays and played on some of his tracks and Cass played on one but we were never actually in the same room together for 8 years. Then Cass took everyone out for dinner and basically said, ‘We should think about getting this back on track before it gets too late.’ We always knew that there was a greatest hits that we had to do but it wasn’t until the end of 2008 that everybody’s diaries cleared – Feeder were off the road, Cass had stopped doing so much of his photography and was setting up a rehearsal facility at the back of the Premises, Ace was teaching but producing less and Skin was in between solo albums. Everyone was like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a meeting’ and that was the first time we were all in the same room for 8 years. Our manager said, ‘The record company would love you to be involved but they can’t wait anymore for you to decide; they’re going to put out a Best Of… whether you‘re involved or not. Do you want to be involved?’. We said yes and within five minutes of being together we were all laughing like we used to so it was really nice.

Do you think your sound has changed and if so, how?

I think sound wise, yeah. Since Skunk Anansie were together before I’ve learnt a lot about playing for the song – I guess the last 10 years really I’ve learnt how to tune properly and listen for what the song needed and not do anything more, rather than, ‘There’s a space there, I’ve got to fill it with drums!’ Space is probably the most underrated quality of any song and I try and play with that in mind. I’ve always played big drums and had my snare fairly high; that’s come down over the past ten years cos I just prefer the sound of a really phat snare drum, rather than a cracky one, especially in the studio. Live I still beat the sh*t out of it, probably too much, but it’s a visual thing for me so that hasn’t changed much.



Kapil Trivedi (Mystery Jets)

If you’re feeling down about England’s home grown talent at the moment then look no further – the Mystery Jets’ drummer, Kapil Trivedi, will cheer you up. The 25 year old Londoner is described as ‘inspirational’ by Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys and is about to release his third record with the band. We met up for a chat near the river at London Bridge to talk about drumming, dancing and tabla…

Before we start I’d like to commend you on your dancing in the video for ‘Dreaming of another world’. Did you learn that for the video or are you naturally blessed with those moves?

Oh no, I wouldn’t say that! I didn’t learn anything though, that’s the power within! But it was really difficult ‘cos the director played the song twice as first so when you play it normally it has a slow motion effect. So he was just like, ‘Dance boy, dance!’. I had to get him to cut out what was in there before. There were some wild moves.

Who thinks up the video concepts?

In the first few records it came from us. During the second record we started to allow the director to have a bit more say, which is the right thing to do cos they have a vision when they hear your song and if they pick up on the vibe then you just go with that and that’s what happened with this. With ‘Dreaming’ the director, Yoaan Lemoine, saw our art work, Myspace and our press photos and he knew what it was about.