With new EP ‘I Can Pay For It’ out now, E Mute is an independent artist with a social conscience. With lyrics which take a sly, sideways look at the world as it is today, we thought he would be the perfect person to get to know in his own words. And we were right – check out this interview below.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
My sister had a big vinyl collection and I discovered it. Until then, I was just listening to mainstream pop as kids do. The intro of rock and roll really shook my whole existence. I got more and more into my sister’s album collection: The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Janis Joplin. These are some names that changed my life. Then I gradually dove into all sorts of music: punk, metal, grunge, jazz, fusion, classical, and even drum n’ bass. But I never got heavily into rap, hip hop and dance music. Oh and let’s not forget Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kasabian, Muse, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, I can keep going forever!
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
I just want to create good music and become better and better at it, and work with great people. Music is my whole world.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I played in many bands as a drummer, mainly cover bands. My first original material band was called Furdelux, a seven-piece retro Mod/funk outfit from London performing a mix of covers and our own songs. |In 2006, I met Scott James (ex-Stereophonics) and we put together a band that did not last more than a couple of years, it fell apart because of disagreements. After the band had finished I was writing more than I ever had before, and I also began to discover my voice – not just as a songwriter, but as a vocalist. Soon I found that my teaching and work as a session drummer were leaving me no time to work on my songwriting. In order to devote time to my new project, I decided to drop most of my paying work to focus on songwriting, and began recording demos as E-MUTE.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Meeting Scott James and playing in a band with him, opening for artist P.P. Arnold at the University of London and also at the Lerida Music Festival in Spain. In 2005, Meeting Bias Boshell, the Moody Blues’ keyboard player coincidentally, while rehearsing at the same studios in London. That connection resulted working together on a one song recording project for an ex-James Bond girl with producer Pip Williams, who had produced Uriah Heep and Dido, among others. I also performed and toured in Greece with many famous artists there.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
225g Led Zeppelin
1 Radiohead clove (crushed)
400g Muse mini fillets
1x Red Hot Chilli Peppers (deseeded and finely chopped)
1½ tbsp extra-virgin Pink Floyd
300g of Foo-Fighters (roughly chopped)
handful pitted black Deep Purples
1, finely sliced Porcupine Tree
100g of Jazz and Funk,
crumbled small bunch of Classical (chopped)
juice and zest ½ of Kasabian/Franz Ferdinand
6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Let me answer this with a quote by the incredible Frank Zappa. ‘’The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.’’ Look at what is happening in Europe right now. Indebted nations that cannot devalue their currency, EU policy is dictated by big corporations and EU citizens are slowly but surely losing their political and social rights, and what do we do? Shopping. Not to mention the inadequate response of European governments to the refugee crisis.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Tall Dark Friend, is the project of Jordan Gray. Dark power-pop made by just vocals and piano. I Met Jordan during a battle of the bands event where the winners got to perform at the Soundstock festival at Chelmsford Essex. Both of us ended up performing at the festival. Jordan is an incredible performer with great showmanship and songs, piano skills and vocal range, a great sense of humour. She reminds me of David Bowie. Check her out!
- Any gigs coming up?
No gigs booked at the moment, as in November I will be moving to Salzburg Austria. E-Mute’s base will be in Austria soon!
- Where can we find/follow you online?
And of course everywhere else!