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Max Cooper Interview

01/04/14

The Crucifix Lane warehouse will host the London launch party for Max Cooper’s highly anticipated debut album Human. The night will allow Max to experiment with a 4+ hour set that takes you through his inspirations, future classics and the wild extremes of the Human album.  Last remaining tickets on sale now.

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Crucifix Lane will make an ideal location for your album launch, a no nonsense warehouse space that has a particularly intimate feel for a venue that’s not that small. Have you ever played there before?
No I haven’t, but I’ve been there for some events over the years and I’ve always really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d suggest it for the album launch. I didn’t want to do the launch somewhere too sterile, a lot of venues these days are almost too clean for a proper party!

 

How long was the album in the making for?
Around 3 years I’d say, although at the start it was a slow process spaced between other projects. I just let it brew naturally and then when it seemed to be coming together I devoted most of the last year or so to it.

 

How much has your sound evolved since you first started out to where you are now with Human?
My tastes and production process have changed a lot. There are still common threads there in terms of my use of details, concepts, melodies and an attempt to communicate emotions, but to be honest, I really don’t like a lot of my early productions. I’m always moving forward and trying to find something new and something better. I experiment as much as I can, and sometimes I miss the mark, but hopefully over the long term I’ll find something worthwhile. I feel like I’m still only a fraction of the way there.

 

And what have been the biggest influences on crafting your own sound?
I think my music finally started working when I found myself musically. By that I mean there was a process of trying lots of different things until I found feelings and techniques that seemed to sit well with me naturally – Every person is one of a kind, so if you want to make music that sets you apart it makes sense to try and find the music that reflects you most personally. By that I mean, what music connects with you, and how you can express some internal state based on your own personalised unconscious rules of music – when you play with different chords, melodies, rhythms and timbres, what makes you most strongly feel a certain way?  These rules seem to become subconsciously embedded from years of listening to other artists and hearing how they communicate with music. So probably unsurprisingly I could list some influences like Portishead, Pink Floyd, Air, Autechre, Philip Glass, Nils Frahm, James Holden, Trentemoller, Max Richter, Radiohead, Olafur Arnalds, Fuck Buttons, Jon Hopkins, Tim Hecker, Bjork, John Tejada, Blamstrain, Lusine, and I could go on – there’s so much great music out there!

 

What can people expect from your set at the event?
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’m playing for 4 hours, which I really enjoy, as it gives me an opportunity to really explore some different musical ideas. Of course I’ll be playing plenty of album material, but it will be spaced between all sorts of old and new favourites. I’ll probably play quite ambient/downtempo for the first hour or so, and then by the last hour it’s going to be heavy, with the whole progression and many twists and turns between.

 

And in terms of your release schedule what have you got planned post album?
I went to the studio with two jazz musicians recently, Kathrin deBoer, the amazing vocalist who appears on Human, and Quentin Collins, an amazing trumpeter who you can catch regularly at Ronnie Scott’s amongst others. I just sort of threw music and glitch at them and let them bounce of it, and bounce off each other to form some sort of free jazz electronic thing – again, another experiment, and one which will come soon after the album.

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Any other forthcoming projects you can shout about as summer approaches?
The 4D Sound show is one – it’s 16 columns spaced around the dancefloor with speakers at various heights in each, with special software to allow building of moving, warping, exploding and contracting 3-dimensional audio environments you can walk around inside. That should be coming to London later this summer – exact date to be confirmed soon.

 

If you could records a track with any vocalist who would it be?
Bjork (I can’t figure out how to get the dots over the “o” though, sorry Bjork!… damn, she’ll never work with me now)

 

What’s been your best memory behind the decks?
We had some amazing parties at Firefly at the Garvey in Nottingham in the early and mid 2000’s, it was some sort of mass barely functioning mayhem. I love Wilde Renate and Sisyphos in Berlin for partly the same reason, those places where you get totally removed from normal existence, same for Glastonbury festival,  Gottwood, and Bestival.

 

And if we were to walk into your studio what would we see?
A Sansula – it’s a beautiful little finger-plucked instrument that was used in a Dominic Eulberg remix I did some years ago (of the same name), and the Sansula-makers kindly donated one to me, which I’m finally getting around to using.

Max Cooper Human Album Launch
05/04/14
10pm to 6am
Crucifix Lane

7 – 9 Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW

Advanced Tickets: £10-£15 + bf

Max Cooper
The Slow Revolt

Support from Warm Up
Aidan Doherty
James Doherty
Red Pig Flower
Adam Bloy B2B Dan Lytollis

 

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