Bravo Bonez – Love Blast Lounge [Interview]

Describe your sound in three words

Retro. Lo-fi. Textured. (Kinda 3 words!)

You blend numerous different genres. Tell us a few things about your creative process?

I come at musical creativity from a range of perspectives. I can just as easily write a song on the guitar as start with a loop and build from there. Unlike many artists I am not a fan of paring back to only a few simple elements, but rather have a few elements that have many-layered textures, but with those elements still being identifiable. Some have described my music as cinematic, and I think that is a valid observation. I think musically in terms of spaces and depth, and inevitably it links to imagery quickly being associated with that. In terms of the “Love Blast Lounge” EP I worked on linking loops, adding retro touches such as wow and flutter, and phasing, then layering more traditional instrumentation on top of that. Much of the EP has references to 1980s and early 2000s electronica as well as 1990s trip hop and hip hop.

You plan to incorporate live instruments in your performances. Which is the biggest challenge when it comes to instrumental music and live performance?

It is the leaping from the DJ controller to the violin and hoping the prayer to the tuning gods has been heard. Not dropping the instrument is pretty important also. The biggest challenges are with acoustic instruments, mainly miking, and tuning. 

Your dream collaboration?

The Boards of Canada guys. I LOVE Boards of Canada. Problem is I would be tongue-tied, and a useless collaborator.

Best instrumental album ever?

Difficult to say which is best. But I think one of the most influential for me when growing up was Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” from 1973! The layering of ostinato, counterpoint and texture in my music is probably linked back to listening to this when I was very young. That and symphonic music such as Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler.

What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?

An oldie but a goodie. “THX1138”. A reminder of where we might be headed. George Lucas at his very best. Not so much a fan of his Star Wars series to be honest, but still enjoy it. Great science fiction is cerebral and often embeds warnings. Sadly not many appear to have listened to some of the warnings of the last one hundred years’ sci-fi writing and filmmaking.

One last thing we should know about you? 

I have watched “2001 A Space Odyssey” about 500 times, and “Bladerunner 2049” about 100 times. Am in therapy for this right now.

Thank you!

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