Spaceheads interview by ShoutOut

unnamed-1Esta semana, os nossos convidados são os Spaceheads.
Andy Diagram (também conhecido como trompetista dos britânicos James) e Richard Harrison formam o duo de trompete, bateria e electrónica.

O trompete electrizante de Andy, produz loops harmonizados ao vivo e amostras irreverentes que controla através de um telemóvel instalado em cima do seu trompete com um fish slice.

Os estratos fortes do bronze são propulsionados pela bateria, percussão e folhas de metal dobradas de Richard Harrison.

Os Spaceheads formaram-se em 1990, percorreram o mundo e editaram onze álbuns até à data. Durante mais de 25 anos  Andy e Richard adquiriram uma intuição sobre o que cada um vai fazer a seguir, o que torna os seus concertos semi-improvisados uma experiência surpreendente para a assistência.
A ShoutOut esteve à conversa com Andy Diagram, que entre outras coisas, menciona a Praia de Miramar, como um dos seus sítios preferidos!

Ora leiam…. 😉

Who are Spaceheads?

Spaceheads are a duo of trumpet and drums and we use effects to enhance the sound.

Andy Diagram plays the trumpet and uses loop machines and harmony machines to build big layers of brass so that the single trumpet can sound like an orchestra

Richard harrison plays drums and percussion and adds bits of metal to the tops of his cymbals and plays hairbrushes and bells and extra bits of home made percussion.

For how long are you playing together?

We have played together for 36 years in various bands …but as Spaceheads for 26 years.We started in 1990 and have released eleven albums so far. We have toured around Europe and the USA.

What can we expect from a Spaceheads live performance?

Because we are only two people and we have played together for so long we can be very flexible live. We can make up tunes on the spot and go from very quiet to very loud in an instant. We pick tunes at random from our back catalogue and improvise around them. We can go from very un electrified trumpet and drums to very full music with loops. We are very rhythmic so expect to dance at our concerts. We also tour for the last 8 years with Rucksack cinema which uses multiple projectors to light up the whole room and mix video along with our music. It is very Psychedelic.

What inspires you to create music?

That is a hard question because it is something that we love doing and have always done. We are inspired to create new music all the time. We try and invent and look for new ideas and new sounds all the time. We like to look forward and not backwards although we like to play some of our old tunes, we love to look for new tunes and ideas. We don’t play cover versions very often as we like to make up our own tunes but we are inspired by other musicians and again when we listen to other people we try and find new bands and people to love rather than having old favourite records that we play all the time.

How was your experience in Portugal?

We love Portugal. For us the weather is much warmer and sunnier than UK….where it is often wet and cold. The people in Portugal are always very friendly and welcoming. We played two concerts in March 2016 and had a fantastic time not only doing concerts but busking in the street. We were very well looked after and ate fantastic food ….vegetarian of course!

What keeps a band together along the years?

I think the most important things are that you like each other and that you are enjoying what you do. It is easier when there is only two people, but it helps if you are constantly developing and changing. If you get stuck in old ways then it is harder to keep enthusiastic. It is great not only for the music but for the travelling and meeting new people. Again it is easier if you are only two people as it is not as expensive as a big band. We have had many adventures along the years …touring around europe and the USA. We hope that it continues

What’s your Spaceheads favourite album or EP?

For me it is always the next one ….the one that we are working on at the moment….sometimes it is hard to listen back to your own music and have favourites, but we are very pleased with our last album “A Short Ride on the Arrow of Time” because it captured for the first time on record Spaceheads jamming and making tunes up on the spot. This is the way we have always worked. We do long jams and then take bits out to make tunes. But on this record we just left the jams as they were played …so you can hear the tunes being invented on the spot. it is very live in the studio and has lots of rough edges …but we like that!

Short answer (what comes to your mind)

A song?  Only have eyes for you – Lester Bowie (big influence on early Spaceheads when we started)

A book?  The great Animal Orchestra – Bernie Krause (opens your ears to the wonderful sounds of nature)

A place?  The beach at Miramar Porto where we had our photos taken at sunset and have spent wonderful times

A trip?  The first Spaceheads tour of USA in 1996, where we went “Round the Outside” in a big circle across the USA for 9 weeks and made so many new friends

A wish?  World Peace …..we need to ban nuclear weapons, cut back on military spending and come together as a world to save our planet from environmental destruction and climate change…… a wish and a hope and a reality if we fight for it.

Thank you!!


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