GOOSE

Nice to have you back and now on the road with a new Album , can you tell us more about that?

Yes, thanks! It feels really good to play the new tracks. We recorded all the tracks together in one room, so when we came out of the studio we were ready to hit the road. Up untill now we played small showcases in London, Brussels, Berlin and Hamburg to present the album to the press. 

For the recording process we choose a different approach than the previous to albums. We really wanted to translate the rough energy that we have when we perform on stage to the record. In order to do that we worked with producer Paul Stacey and Dave Sardy who mixed the album. As an electronic/rock band it was very important to make us sound organic and honest. The result is probably the closest sound of who GOOSE is.

You launch your own Magazin, and it's not only about Music, how does Arts influenced in your sound ?

We started thinking about this idea while we were doing an interview with the journalist who then wrote our biography. After 10 years of GOOSE we have been working with so many amazing artists for video, stage design or artwork, that we thought is was a good idea to let them speak about their work. What they've been doing since or how they experienced working with us.

On the other hand we didn't want to make a Magazine that would only talk about us. We took the opportunity to sit together with some of the artists that have influenced us in one way or an other. We had inspiring talks with Wim Delvoye, Etienne De Crécy, amongst others. Even Raf Simons took the time to tell us more about the way how music has an impact on his work as a fashion designer.

Visual artists or writers can inspire us in many ways although it is hard to pin down what it is exactly. It's more about a feeling you get. And that feeling can be enough to start thinking in a different direction and create new songs.

Are you aiming for slight shift in direction away from the mainstream with these tracks?

We never think in terms of being indie or mainstream. We just follow our instinct. Since Synrise we have gained more radio play than ever before. Especially in Belgium where they would only play us in the evening shows, because our sound was too aggressive.

Any movie Projects ? Movie ? A Goose Documentation ? 

In fact we are working on a Documentary that we will present in the Fall of 2013 at various Film/Documentary Festivals. As we are filming the idea keeps evolving. that is the positive side of being your own boss, in terms of record company. There is nobody looking over your shoulders and telling you in which direction you should think. 

Something that we dream of is to make a movie soundtrack. For film or even a National geographic documentary. 

Is it true you are producing a Song for Jessie Ware ?

In fact we made a re-interpretation of one of her already excisting tracks of her album Devotion. Think of it as a GOOSE version: how Jessie Ware would sound if she would be a part of our band. The result is really good. We think it might be one of our best production so far that we did for an other artist.

And her voice is so thankful to work with. She is very talented!

Do you have a top 5 of German musicians you can share with us?

Digitalism / Kraftwerk / Harold Faltermeyer

D.A.F.

Jeans Team

If you could rewrite the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" what kind of music would ?

If we would have a go at it, we would try to make something completly different bacause you can not try to match up the original. Simply because the original works so well.

What are the 3 basic things that has to be in a catering Rider?

Spirits

Softdrinks

Water


Simian Mobile Disco / James + James

You're both called James? Are you sure you're not just one person?

Last time I looked there were two of us, though people do get us confused. 

So you're on the road right now. Maybe to Poland? How have the gigs been recently? Are you trying to DJ more?

Yep, I'm on the way to Poland. Never been there before so I'm looking forward to it. We are being really picky this year about what we do and it's paying off as the gigs have been really good. This year we are doing less of the live show and more djing as it allows us to get back to the studio to make wonky techno for our new label, Delicacies. It's really just an excuse for us to mess about in the studio more and not worry about the results all fitting together. We will put out our favourite bits on 12s, it's just for fun.

We will probably get back on the live show thing next year as that's fun and we have lots of ideas of how to make it more fun. Unfortunately most of those ideas make it more expensive for us to do and less practical. Overall, we are working towards making the live rig totally immobile. 

And is it your touring that is currently inspiring your delicatessen releases of 12"s?

The jammy random makeitupasyougoalong nature of the show is a big inspiration for these releases. We have got enough inputs now that we can just set up all our synths and get them playing together and record them simultaneously, like the live rig. Musically, it's probably more influenced by our djing, we have been playing sparse, odd, nasty techno and wanted to make a bit more of that. 

You have a track called 'Nerve Salad", is there really a salad made from nerve endings?

If you believe the internet, and I always do. It's never lied to me, it has no reason to. 

Are you aiming for slight shift in direction away from the mainstream with these tracks?

I'm not sure that SMD could really be called mainstream but yes, this Delicacies material is deliberately more clubby and experimental. We have learnt a lot over the last few months just by messing around and trying unusual studio techniques out. It's sort of research for the next SMD record which will probably be odder as well.

You are both producers in your own right, what have you been up to recently?

James has been working with a band called Detachments and I've done a band called MIT. Plus Gold Panda mixed his stuff in our room.

So what comes after Indie Electro and Italo-Disco? Ethnotronica or something?

It's funny you say that, James just got his old Djembe out, from when he used to be in a reggae band. 

And you're still doing the live show whenever possible? How has that been going? 

We were going to stop doing them this year but we have ended up doing about 10 gigs already. The live show is really fun and we are playing lots of the new stuff as well which is is funny as it's unreleased and no one knows it; goes down really well though. I'm glad we spent so long at the beginning making the live show as random and versatile as it is as it has prevented it from getting boring.

Well, we can't wait for your DJ sets in Germany, do you have a top 5 of German musicians you can share with us?

Conny Plank

Kraftwerk

Can

Oskar Sala

Bach

The Love Parade was a real tragedy this year, have you guys ever been in a similar situation?

No, fortunately not.

What are the 3 basic things that has to be in a catering Rider? Happy things like bob marley cakes?

Beer

Tequila

Bob Marley cakes for James

Is German Wurst the best or worst?

I'm not a sausage expert.

If you could rewrite the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" what kind of music would it be? 

Just a prepared piano.

 

The Gossip / Brace Paine

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to introduce one of the world‘s greatest musicians we have had at the turn of the decade, Brace Paine.

Not only does he provide the funk-punk guitars to Beth "The Voice" Ditto as part founder of Gossip, he also enjoys to paint and listen to good music.

We talk to him about music, his plans to cross the Atlantic and of course weirdos!

You're at home, just chillaxing, you've got a bottle of Red WIne and a generous cheese board, what five tracks would you listen to to accompany your evening?

Brace P : I would just put on the first Suicide album, close my eyes and fantasize about girls.

Do you have any other outlets to express your creativity? Drawing / Writing / Dance / Cooking / Making buildings out of matchsticks?

Brace P: I'm always drawing and have recently started some large paintings. I'm starting a record label and i love curating art shows. Trying to get my own gallery soon.

You must have visited many places, which city do you think most inspires you are describes your personality?

Brace P : Moving to London in October because i left my heart there. It's a gorgeous place full of angelic creatives.

Is there a move / migration on the horizon?

Brace P : Beth and i are moving overseas in October, so yes!

What do you think the 'new scene' will be? We've had a lot of coined words to try portray 'new' music scenes as of late (the Electro-Trash / Nu Rave / Nu Grave / Re-emmergence of Psych-Blues). In your eyes is there any new inventions in music or do you think it is a lot of rehashed ideas?

Brace P : Hopefully something truly weird, independent and interesting. No bullshit major label/magazine fake-genres. Just true weirdos tearing it up.

Are there any artists/bands that stand out to you at present? I have a few diamonds in the rough that glamourise my ear drums - Woven Bones following in the Jacuzzi Boys and The Soft Pack footsteps from the states and Male bonding and The Rent Boys (Leeds) akin to Lovvers in the UK.

Brace P : New War, 10LEC6, Male Bonding, No Bra and Divorce.

What would you like to be written as your epitaph?

Brace P : Home is where the art is.

Are you superstitious? Not like the Stevie WOnder counter-world, but a world that is to be said unknown, parapsychology paganism / occultism. I remember once having an intervention with a goblin when I was 15. It took many years of psychological therapy to get me on a level. I still don't trust leprechauns! Have you experienced anything to enlighten your belief in this is our only path in life?

Brace P : i believe in astrology. I'm a leo.

I'm a big fan of braindead horror flicks and numbskulled Rom-Coms to counteract all the bohemian infusions - do you have any guilty pleasures that you would care to share?

Brace P : YES! Pretty Woman, Forrest Gump, Sleepless in Seattle all rule. To tell the truth, I LOVE BRUCE WILLIS!

If there was a movie to be made about your life, who would star as you and who would be the director?

Brace P : David Lynch would direct and i would play myself.

What came first the chicken or the egg?

Brace P : The big bang.

Imagine chucking a banquit for a table of six. You'd obviously be the host and you're equipped with Ouija board (MB trademark). Who, alive or dead, would you invite to accompany you? And what would be the weapon of choice to "WOW" your guests? (The food? The Location? The Soundtrack?)

Brace P : Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Grace Jones, Ray Johnson (i would bring him back from the dead), Kim Gordon, Alan Vega & Louise Bourgeis. The soundtrack would be a healthy mix of Philip Glass and Erik Satie. The food? Hmmm....probably some rich french  food with amazing red wine. 

 

Wild Nothing  / Jack Tatum

Would you mind briefly sharing with us what you use to record with?

I just got a new macbook pro with logic and then I've got an apogee duet interface. Pretty simple, i just use a handful of standard mics. I recorded "gemini" and "golden haze" in garageband though, ha.

How important is the recording aspect of making music in relation to the actual music making?

For me its very important. In a lot of ways its the whole reason I make music. A song can change so drastically from the time you write it to the time you've recorded it. Its the whole idea of trial and error. So many of my songs would never have happened if I wasn't writing and recording them simultaneously.

How much time do you spend on the recording process and how much on the writing?

I might be a bit strange in the sense that usually I do them both at the same time. Its not so much about sectioning off certain chunks of time for writing and recording. If an idea strikes, I usually start recording immediately without a structure, then once I've got something ill go back and clean it up.

Wild Nothing is a solo project but now that you have a band to tour with do you feel inclined to write together and make it a band project?

This is a pretty hard question to answer. I guess only time will tell, but for now I still think of wild nothing as two distinct worlds. I think that live, we're all able to be creative in the way that we interpret the songs individually. I still feel a strong inclination to write the songs though.

How has tour been? Are you enjoying being on the road or are you longing to return home?

Its always a bit of both. To be perfectly honest, at the moment I'm writing this I'm very, very sick and feel very far from home. But I'm just taking the pessimistic approach haha. There is a lot to be thankful for on tour, but you're only human. You get tired.

Do you need to be in love or heartbroken to make the perfect love song?

For me, and I think its probably true for most people, I don't think you need to be either while you are writing a love song necessarily. You just need to have been at some point in your life. I've been both so that makes things easy. 

Do you have a recurring dream or nightmare?

No, not recently. I used to have a recurring nightmare when I was a kid that my family was taking a trip to this hotel in the mountains, but when we got there, it would be haunted by ghosts that would kill you if you didn't pretend to be asleep. Pretty twisted for a 6 year old! This is what junkfood does to you I guess. 

Any recent musical discoveries from the 80s?

Always! I live for this. Been listening to a lot of "the house of love", "the church", "asylum party", "band of holy joy", among others. There's always something left to be discovered.

Are you still living in Virginia, how was life there?

I'm not really living anywhere, but I go back to my parents house or stay with friends in virginia when I'm off tour. I hoping to move somewhere in january, but for now I'm perfectly content going back hone. Virginia is dull but beautiful. The perfect place to relax after a tour.

Why would you rather live in dreams and why would you rather die?

Haha I'm not really so morbid all the time, but I guess what I was getting at is that sometimes you'd rather just believe or be in this kind of dream world. There's something very comforting and untouchable about dreams, in the same way that death is so untouchable and unfathomable. Even if you don't believe in an afterlife, you can't help but wonder. What if you live in dreams eternally? Who knows what happens after you die.  But this is turning into some goofy homebrewed philosophy shit so I'm going to stop.

You seem to be able to sum up a sea of emotions in one sentence, would you ever want to write a book?

That's a nice thing to say, I don't know if its necessarily intentional though haha. But maybe. I don't think of myself as a writer really, even though I studied creative writing in school. I'd much rather sum up a sea of emotions with the way a song sounds than with whatever it is I happen to be rambling about.

What are the main differences between touring Europe and the States?

There aren't a ton. I think if anything there is a just a certain reserved politeness that you see in a lot of european crowds that doesn't always exist in the states. You can generally tell how an american crowd feels right away, whereas some european crowds will be deathly quiet and then go bonkers at the end. The language barrier can be tough at times, but its more or less a similar vibe for me. I love both. When I'm home I fantasize about touring europe but then when I'm touring europe, I miss home. Its a strange game.