You’ve got the Crawlers EP coming out on the 29th. It’s your first release on the Mute sub-label Liberation Technologies, having released exclusively on Werkdiscs, the short-lived Thriller sub-label and your own Glum label previously. How did you link up with Liberation Technologies?
I’ve known Paddy [O’Neill] who runs Lib Tech for a while and he sent me a message a couple of years ago saying that he was into the Glum releases and that he was starting a new label and he’d like me to do something for it. For various reasons it’s taken a little while for it to happen.
Does the change of label suggest a new phase in your music?
I didn’t view it as that, no. But as I don’t really release that much I feel like each new release is a new phase for me, or at least I hope it is.
In that case how would you describe the new phase?
as I don’t really release that much I feel like each new release is a new phase for me, or at least I hope it is.
There’s a video for ‘Nine’ by Nic Hamilton. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Nic is a mystery man. Occasionally you will get the batcall from him and then a month later you’ll get a Vimeo link with some madness on it. I’ve no idea how he makes his videos, it’s an alien world to me. He is skilled.
Nic also made the video for ‘USSR’ and he’s worked with people like Actress, L-Vis 1990 and Geiom. How did you first start working together?
I think it was after he made a vid for Actress a little while ago. I was into it and then he ended up doing the vid for ‘USSR’.
Did you have any input on the visuals or did you give Nic free rein?
Nic had free rein. He sent me a rough cut to see what I thought and I was really into it so I let him get on with it.
How important do you think the visuals are in terms of helping to define a release?
They’re important for sure. I mean, it’s quite rare that a video or record cover is bad enough to ruin a release, but when it’s really good and works with the music it can definitely elevate it.
A lot of the YouTube vids for your older tracks are your own work, right?
Yeah, there’s a few of them. Although they’re really just other videos that I’ve found that I’ve put my music over.
it's quite rare that a video or record cover is bad enough to ruin a release, but when it's really good and works with the music it can definitely elevate it.
Do you have a full-length follow up to Lonely At The Top planned? Can you give us any more clues about future plans?
I don’t have any plans for a full length. I’m hoping to get Glum up and running again, release some 12-inches, see what happens really. Take each game as it comes.