Q: So, you claimed that you were attempting to resurrect the ghost of Elvis and Ian Curtis with this track. Quite a claim, no? Do you think you succeeded?
DM: (laughter with a large dollop of false modesty) Maybe I was going a bit far with that statement.
Q: Okay, so how would you describe the intentions now, in retrospect?
DM: Intentions? Not sure. It was all very…organic. Sorry, I’ve overused that word a bit much, sound like a prick. I was watching an interview with um….who was it? oh yeah, garry shandling! do you know the larry sanders show?
Q: yes. i’ve heard of it. somewhat esoteric comedy.
DM: esoteric? i guess you could say that. anyway, where was I? yes, so i was watching him do an interview and he was using that word quite liberally throughout without a hint of self consciousness.
Q: What word?
Q: I see, go on.
DM: Right. so ‘shake my bones’….yes, it came quite naturally, the sound i think. no! thats bullshit! That’s a lie. It was a very self-c0nscious attempt to create a song that sounded like The Cramps, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave or something that could have come straight out of a David Lynch movie. Primitive, reptilian back to basics rock and roll, retro but timeless; sweaty, twitchy, tortured desire with a groove to it you know?
Q: Really? Quite lofty comparisons.
DM: maybe. I mean, it’s a pastiche in a sense but then again, it isn’t, that bluesy singing style – in the higher register at least – comes quite naturally to me. i put 100% of myself in it so…
Q: And that’s your guitar playing?
DM: yes, basic three chord riffs on a fender telecaster. But i think basically its me trying to sound like PJ Harvey in a David Lynch production.
Q: Tad self-aggrandizing surely? Isn’t up to the listener to decide?
DM: Sure. Maybe it is. But if you are going to record and perform music, self delusion and self indulgence are usually what drive you forward, a mixture of blind faith and self belief. Otherwise, you will never even try. You need a benchmark, an inspiration to get the engine going.
A little post Christmas self indulgence. Here contained below is music I recorded between roughly 2003 and 2010, most of the tracks written and recorded in a tiny room by myself and some in a studio with a former band of mine.
The purpose of this? To bask in my own reflected glory? No, these songs are rife with flaws both musical and technical due to necessity, lack of knowledge and naievite. I hope that they show some creative and musical curiosity on my part as well as some skill of expression, hints of desperation and no small amount of passion however misplaced the melodies, arrangements and mixing may be at times.
Listening back to them recently after several years of putting them aside, I was surprised although quite embarassed at times by their directness and clumsiness. But I decided to put them up on Soundcloud and see what kind of reactions I get if any.
Whether or not I wish to continue with writing songs and/or singing is another question but I guess the future will tell.
So if you would like to listen to some of these songs, you can click on the player below or alternatively, you can visit the visit the website and my page by clicking here.
I hope you find it gives you some pleasure and of course, feel free to comment on my musical inventory.