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1) Hi Andrew! We’ve known each other since Bending Brass! I remember I wrote you straight away with compliments. That tape was absolutely amazing work. You issued it in 2011. Do you feel your style and music changed much since then?
Haha yeah, you’ve been a true fan from the beginning! I think it’s mainly that I’ve improved as a producer and songwriter and that I can realise my vision a lot quicker than before. However my initial ideas and aspirations for this project are as clear and defined for me as they were at the outset; to get to a warmer place in electronic music that makes you want to contemplate as much as it makes you want to dance.
2) Earlier this year you made a nice 12″ under a new name, Buz Ludzha. What stands behind that moniker? What was it that made you create another project?
Yeah I’ve finished and am planning a few more releases under that alias in 2015. That name actually comes from the abandoned soviet monument called Buzludza in Bulgaria which I visited when travelling with friends. It’s of course in no way associated with any of the politics, but rather the state that the place is in. In a way it’s a piece of unintended artwork itself. It’s so weather-beaten that it’s far more interesting to view than what it would have been originally. I think It would be a pretty amazing place to hold a rave too! I actually decided to make the new alias when one of the All City guys, Sonel, asked me to put something out as part of their alias series.
3) Is it true the name ” The Cyclist” came from the painting by a russian painter? Why do you think it inspired you?
Well hopefully this doesn’t disappoint any biking enthusiasts that are also fans, but yeah the name came from the Futurist painting by Natalia Goncharova. It was mainly the whole association with vivid colour, angular movement and energy of the futurist movement that I found very inspiring and I felt worked with my sound and what I’m trying to express with my music.
4) What has inspired you in terms of other composers’ influences?
Well I have to say I’ve always found more of my main influences are older and generally not in the same genre at all. I’d say my main inluences would be poeple like Can and Neu in the between 1970-73, the first Suicide album and their early demos, Cabaret Voltaire, Burial, Aphex Twin, Keith Hudson and Boards of Canada. Of course a lot of early house and techno like Larry Heard, Adonis, Phuture etc too.
5) Your degree was in Pharmacology, right? Do you find any correlations between you work as a scientist and your musical efforts?
Honestly not really. I feel they are very distinct parts of my life.
6) Let’s talk about your upcoming LP Flourish. First sounds we heard and the cover art seem to show some dark and rough inclination. Though the title of the album is more postive and light! Tell about the ideas behind this new work.
Well while it is definitely rough and there are some heavy/dark moments, I feel when you get a listen to the full album you’ll hear the moments were the brighter and more colourful vibes shine through. Like parts of Breathless and the title track. Overall, rather than aiming for a wholly euphoric or darker album I aimed for a messy, blurry middle ground full of psychedelic inebriation.
7) Do you buy lots of new music these days or you prefer to get back to the older musicians and inspirations? What did you enjoy lately?
Yeah I love a lot of both. I buy both as often as I can (ie when I can afford it). I hate it when people say there’s no good or really forward thinking music these days, or when people say this time or that was the golden age of art/music. Whilst I absolutely love listening to the early andseminal forms of a genre, I also think the more modern developments are just as important. On my more rock-y side I’ve been continuously listening to Morgan Delt and Tame Impala, a couple of really great psychedelic bands. On the dancier end of things, I’ve been really digging a lot of the L.I.E.S. and Hospital Productions releases and those The Trilogy Tapes greats, like Rezzett. I just love anything with the right level and style of grit.
We wish you luck with the new album and hope to see you in Moscow some day!