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What motivates you to make music?

What three aspects or parts of your latest release (single or album) are you most proud of?
Finishing it was good, it was a long process slowed down by stays in hospital, and a now partly disabled right arm.           

I'm happy with the sound production, the playing and the inclusion of new instruments like the sitar.

If time and money were no issue, how long do you think it would take you to make the perfect album?
Perfect to who? I don't think it's a matter of time or money; a perfect album to me is an album you can play entirely with pleasure and want to listen to regularly.

So it's a very personal taste. I don't have pressures other than my own tastes and limits but I'm not looking for perfection, I'm just making tracks I want to listen to and that I think go well together for an album, the ones I'm not happy with didn't make it on the LP.

There were quite a few outtakes on this one as I've been experimenting in mixing electronics with acoustic instruments in more drastic ways but didn't like what came out.

What do you enjoy doing away from music?
Well you know the usual, girlfriend, our kid, friends, change of air, I live by the sea so I go there a lot. I used to do more graphic things, like animations, artwork but for these ones time is an issue. Watching comedy is another good way to relax for me.

Which song or piece of music other than your own draws the strongest emotional response from you?
The strongest I don't know, the break of ‘I'm The Walrus’ with the strings and the glissando at the end has magnetized me forever, since a very young age. But some funky drums will always get me moving.

Outside of recording and playing music, which part of the musician’s life do you find the most dull?
Shame, I wanted to say recording and playing music... No, there's nothing dull I can think of right now. There are stressful things, depressing things but mainly exciting things.

Which instrument do wish you could play and why?
Strings and horns because I can't.

Apart from music are there any other art forms you relate to?
Mostly movies and graphic arts, but I love books too.

What role do you believe music plays in the world and how do you help to fulfill it?
Just the first half of the question would have me scratch my head for hours to get a short and concise answer so I'll keep it long instead: Music is part of the world for us humans as it is a human form of expression, although it is perceived through the hearing sense, it seems to be a sense itself, from the earliest age we seem to have likings towards this or that sort of harmony and rhythm.

 Just like senses of taste and smell, musical tastes change or evolve with time and knowledge, and like smell music has the faculty to strongly bring back memories.

In some parts of the planet, music is used as a business because of the attraction to music by a vast majority of people.

In other parts it is left to a simple fulfillment of the desire to hear music. Singing and making a rhythm with your feet and hands isn't a product of our culture, it is the human nature. 

You could say that birds and many other animals sing, but it very rarely makes you want to get up and dance, the human brain, maybe driven by the sound of the heartbeat and the organized thoughts, has put rhythm to sounds and it was pleasant to the ear. 

Humans react to music and many people feel they can create music, in my case, I'm hoping that there are people out there who relate to mine, receiving the pleasure vibe I'm sending out, basically I'm just contributing to the unbelievably huge amount of music out there.

With the rise of the internet fans are able to become closer to and know more about their artists. Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
Positive, likewise I get in touch with people I would never know exist as I'm not touring.

How do you think music will be distributed, exchanged or sold in 5 years time?
I don't know. I don't have a clue about the reactions of millions of people. The question for me is what music will be bought in 5 years time.

If you could rename your band, what would it be?
The Chart Riggers and their number one hit.

Looking back on the last century, which decade had the best music?
Just a matter of taste. You'll always find someone who adores the track you hate the most and vice versa. I like the freedom and sound innovations of the second half of the sixties until mid seventies the most.

In 10 years time, what will you be doing?
Don't tell me if you know.

Please leave us with your favourite lyric, line of poetry, quote or phrase.
I change moods too often to have a favourite phrase, or favorite anything. Right now it rains - there's a leak in my roof and my most used phrase is "damned plumber"... to stay polite.