THE FIVE QUESTION CHALLENGE straight from the sonic grocery store to your hungry ears…
RICH G, THE MAN BEHIND ‘DEFAZED’ TOOK ON THE 5 QUESTIONS CHALLENGE…
For those of us who still don’t know you can you give us a brief history of Defazed?
Defazed: I started writing under the name ‘Defazed’ in 2001 just before I moved to Bristol to study at Bath Spa University. Previously I played guitar in a few thrash metal bands but felt the scene was fairly limited and I wasn’t feeling the emotions we were trying to put across in the music. In Bath I met a group of like minded individuals who were looking for producers/artists to perform at events and club nights and this resulted in my first live show with Headphobe at Moles Club on June 6th 2003. This lead on to a steady flow of events up to the present. 2004 was a very busy year which eventuated in the release of the Defazed “Cortex Run” 12 inch on 1 Man Army Records.
How are you finding the Bristol music scene/playing live/audience reactions etc?
D: The scene in Bristol is very diverse and there are a lot of different events being put on by various different groups. Considering this is such an underground scene, I’m quite amazed at how much activity there is. I find audiences in Bristol to be very in tune with the music and they really give themselves over to it on the dancefloor. The people seem very open to new ideas and this has had the knock on effect of allowing me to push my style further.
How would you describe your sound?
D: Post-industrial hardcore exploring the realms of extreme dancefloor experience and the inner spaces of our consciousness.
When can we expect an album?
D: I’ve been putting down ideas for an album for a few months now but it’s far from complete. I’ve always seen an album as having to be a groundbreaking, progressive journey, encapsulating everything I feel and think about music at the time, and reflecting on everything I’ve done before. I think it might be some time, but it will be good.
If you could work with any artist/s (past or present) who would they be and why?
D: Liam Howlett from the Prodigy because I grew up listening to his music and I think Music For The Jilted Generation is possibly the greatest dance album ever released. I still can’t believe he produced all that music without having the technologies that are available today. If any album deserves to
be called timeless it’s that one. I’d also like to work with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) just to see him in action and try and understand what’s going through his head. I’ve been listening to ‘Go Plastic’ since 2001 and it still scares me.