Artist name: DOUGA
Release name: (album? single? EP?) THE SILENT WELL LP
Release date: 19/5/14
What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I only think of wanting to write and record music as often as I get chance to do so and collaborate with other musicians who bring something different to the table. I’ve been down the route of trying to graft hard to make a living out of music but just came to the conclusion that i’d lost the heart and passion for being creative. If you don’t worry about the sales and popularity side, you’ll undoubtedly focus on making something which is meaningful to yourselves (as a collective).
When did you start writing your own songs/music?
In my teens. Can’t really remember an exact age but was playing a mixture of drums, piano and guitar. I was always ‘doodling’ on guitars and piano and I probably started off by writing more filmic music.
What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Pretty hard to say but looking back to when I played drums in Keith we supported Sebastien Tellier. He asked myself and John (keys and bass in Douga) to be the rhythm section for La Ritournelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fUPHfn3J6Q Not only do I love that tune, but Tony Allen played drums on the original. I therefore got to do my own bastardised take on one of my favourite drummers ever…
Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
I guess a bit of Tim Buckley, Neil Young, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Kurt Vile. There’s a whole host of influences but that doesn’t mean we sound like any of them. So, from west african music / rhythms to droney / soundscape music to folk rooted music to modern alternative stuff. I’d say Jim O’Rourke’s approach to recording music in an organic way is a benchmark but we’re way off that. The stuff he did with Wilco on ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ and ‘A Ghost is born’ is a constant reference point in both songwriting and arrangements. A lot of stuff Andy Votel releases on his Finders Keepers label is a source of inspiration. The early albums by Four tet and Caribou have also been important.
What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
We recorded it in a really big space where we could take our time trying different things out to layer the music and create something away from time pressures. Thanks to Seed Studios, Trafford.
Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Irma Vep, DBH, Aldous RH, Tekla, Vei, Wadders
Any gigs coming up?
First Chop (Salford) – 6 June
Where can we find/follow you online?