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November 16, 2007

Musical Rooms Part 2: Jape

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 8:55 am
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“For me the only place I can create music is in my house, because that is where all my equipment is set up. I usually write electronic stuff downstairs at my desk, and guitar songs upstairs, staring out of my window. I live in a small house, with a bedroom upstairs and a kitchen/sitting room/studio/angry girlfriend downstairs. The most important things for me to have in this space are no distractions. I need to be able to pace around the place listening to mixes over and over again (like a twitching madman).

It seems like I spend all my time here and I have had cabin fever for about two years now. In terms of a schedule, I try to discipline myself and find that I work better in the daytime, so I normally will start around nine and work til three-ish… That’s my optimal plan anyway, but the coffee shop and internet have made big dints in that shit over the years, ah yeah. When I’m working on Jape stuff, I write alone. I find it can be quite lonely and emotionally draining sometimes because you are trying to hit upon something hones,t and that can be hard. But then fleshing out the songs for playing live when we jam together as a band is fun. What do I like most about my space? The emotional proximity of my kettle.”

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Jape aka Richie Egan released one of the best Irish albums ever in 2004, The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me. Its long-awaited follow-up is due in early 2008 on V2 records and the ‘Jape is Grape’ ep, featuring various mixes of ‘Floating’, (D.A.D.D.Y. video for the single is here) is out now. Jape plays Crawdaddy on Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th. Other Irish dates are as follows: November 22nd (UCD College Bar), December 5th (Cork – Cyprus Avenue), December 6th (Limerick – Dolans), December 7th (Galway – Roisin Dubh), December 8th (Derry – Nerve Centre) and December 9th (Belfast . Speakeasy).

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November 6, 2007

Musical Rooms Part 1: King Creosote

Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 7:26 am
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“I have no singular space in which I create music. I’m very much in the “lyrics first” class of the song-writing school. I write a fair amount of lyrics, but only when they leap into my head. This might happen on the train, last thing at night, cycling… Sitting down to put music to the words is trickier in that I would probably do this at home, after all my other jobs are done, and quietly too as I’ would have already put my daughter Beth to bed. But first I’d put the kettle on and have another go at Jet Force Gemini on the N64.

The most important stuff for me to have depends on the space I’m working in at any given time. So for the scribbling down of ideas on a train, I’d need a booked Great North Eastern Railway seat at a table. At home, a paper, pen and a low wattage lamp on my bedside table, if I’m cycling it’d be a long downhill section with the wind at my back… and a backlog of regrets. For stringing chords together? A guitar or piano.

I might be in these spaces often – I’m always travelling it seems, and as for cycling I do this only in spring and autumn, but the ideas choose their moments. I’m not home a lot just now, and very busy when I am, so I’m afraid my song count for 2006 into 2007 is low. In order to spend some decent time at writing I’d have to book me a holiday, then just stay home away from phones and emails, and dig out all those notebooks and scraps of paper.

In creative terms, it’s essential for me to work alone. And well, if inspiration comes wherever it comes, there’s a different backdrop to every lyric. The music writing part is done in my home, or certainly houses I’m familiar enough with to be left alone in, so I have my creature comforts and timely distractions. The main thing is it never gets to feel like a proper job.”

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King Creosote is prolific Scottish musician Kenny Anderson who has released 24 albums to date. He is currently supporting Squeeze on tour and his new album, Bombshell, is out on 679 Recordings. More info and MP3s at www.myspace.com/kingcreosote. His Dublin date at Tripod tomorrow is postponed, but will be rescheduled.

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Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 7:25 am

About Musical Rooms
Musical Rooms Part 1: King Creosote
Musical Rooms Part 2: Jape
Musical Rooms Part 3: Adrian Crowley
Musical Rooms Part 4: Chequerboard
Musical Rooms Part 5: Cougar
Musical Rooms Part 6: Ungdomskulen
Musical Rooms Part 7: Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip
Musical Rooms Part 8: Steve Fanagan aka Northstation
Musical Rooms Part 9: Mumblin’ Deaf Ro
Musical Rooms Part 10: James Yorkston

Musical Rooms Part 11: Delorentos
Musical Rooms Part 12: Super Extra Bonus Party
Musical Rooms Part 13: Kila
Musical Rooms Part 14: Dry County
Musical Rooms Part 15: Our Brother The Native
Musical Rooms Part 16: John Vanderslice
Musical Rooms Part 17: Felix Kubin
Musical Rooms Part 18: Julie Feeney
Musical Rooms Part 19: Le Loup

Musical Rooms Part 20: David Turpin
Musical Rooms Part 21: Dawn Landes
Musical Rooms Part 22: Matt Lunson
Musical Rooms Part 23: Essie Jain
Musical Rooms Part 24: Thao Nguyen
Musical Rooms Part 25: Robotnik
Musical Rooms Part 26: Xiu Xiu
Musical Rooms Part 27: Jeff Martin
Musical Rooms Part 28: Jens Lekman
Musical Rooms Part 29: Hulk

Musical Rooms Part 30: Fred
Musical Rooms Part 31: Matmos
Musical Rooms Part 32: Dan Deacon
Musical Rooms Part 33: Damon and Naomi
Musical Rooms Part 34: You’re Only Massive
Musical Rooms Part 35: Thread Pulls
Musical Rooms Part 36: Silje Nes
Musical Rooms Part 37: Field Music
Musical Rooms Part 38: Little Wings
Musical Rooms Part 39: Ponytail

Musical Rooms Part 40: Immanu El
Musical Rooms Part 41: Lovvers
Musical Rooms Part 42: Armoured Bear
Musical Rooms Part 43: The Creeping Nobodies
Musical Rooms Part 44: Mahjongg
Musical Rooms Part 45: Indian Jewelry
Musical Rooms Part 46: Polly Fibre
Musical Rooms Part 47: Story of Hair
Musical Rooms Part 48: Les Gars
Musical Rooms Part 49: Beach House

Musical Rooms Part 50: Baby Dee
Musical Rooms Part 51: Sky Larkin
Musical Rooms Part 52: David Grubbs
Musical Rooms Part 53: Crystal Antlers
Musical Rooms Part 54: Burning Codes
Musical Rooms Part 55: Tenaka
Musical Rooms Part 56: Villagers
Musical Rooms Part 57: Ane Brun
Musical Rooms Part 58: R.S.A.G.
Musical Rooms Part 59: Messiah J & the Expert

Musical Rooms Part 60: Lisa Hannigan
Musical Rooms Part 61: Oppenheimer
Musical Rooms Part 62: Fight Like Apes
Musical Rooms Part 63: Mick Flannery
Musical Rooms Part 64: Skeleton$
Musical Rooms Part 65: The Very Most
Musical Rooms Part 66: Mogwai
Musical Rooms Part 67: A Place to Bury Strangers
Musical Rooms Part 68: Frightened Rabbit
Musical Rooms Part 69: Eskimo Joe
Musical Rooms Part 70: Dark Room Notes

Musical Rooms Part 71: AU
Musical Rooms Part 72: Camera Obscura
Musical Rooms Part 73: Le Galaxie
Musical Rooms Part 74: Woodpigeon
Musical Rooms Part 75: Norabelle
Musical Rooms Part 76: Túcan
Musical Rooms Part 77: Patrick Kelleher
Musical Rooms Part 78: One for the Team
Musical Rooms Part 79: CODES
Musical Rooms Part 80: Land Lovers

Musical Rooms Part 81: Amiina
Musical Rooms Part 82: Groom
Musical Rooms Part 83: The Vinny Club
Musical Rooms Part 84: Sunken Foal
Musical Rooms Part 85: Future Islands
Musical Rooms Part 86: The Tallest Man on Earth
Musical Rooms Part 87: William E. Whitmore
Musical Rooms Part 88: HEALTH
Musical Rooms Part 89: Teengirl Fantasy
Musical Rooms Part 90: King Khan and The Shrines

Musical Rooms Part 91: Mark Morriss (The Bluetones)
Musical Rooms Part 92: Midori Hirano
Musical Rooms Part 93: Mike Scott
Musical Rooms Part 94: Wounded Knees
Musical Rooms Part 95: 65 Days of Static
Musical Rooms Part 96: The Holy Roman Army
Musical Rooms Part 97: Why?
Musical Rooms Part 98: Cluster
Musical Rooms Part 99: Valerie Francis
Musical Rooms Part 100: The Redneck Manifesto
Musical Rooms Part 101: The Dead Flags
Musical Rooms Part 102: Hunter Gatherer
Musical Rooms Part 103: Solar Bears
Musical Rooms Part 104: Somadrone

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Filed under: Interviews,Music,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 7:10 am

musicalroomsI’ve always been fascinated with the spaces that people choose to be creative in. Whether that’s scribbling in a notebook on the bus or locking yourself away in a little annex of your home in a bid to find your muse, creative spaces fascinate me. Another contributing factor to my curiosity is the fact that there’s a recording studio at the end of our garden, a place where many people’s ideas have been brought to life. Why do we choose the spaces we do to tap into our creativity? Why do some people need the inspiration of a view, while others find a window distracting? Are these spaces only frequented at night, and are they somewhere musicians escape to with clockwork discipline or only when inspired? So to get some answers, I thought I’d start a series on the blog to ask musicians about the spaces they work in, so I hope it’ll be of interest to regular readers and new visitors.

The piece will (hopefully) be accompanied by a photo submitted by the musician that captures their space.

First up, it’s King Creosote. After that, pieces will appear fairly regularly and there’s some interesting folk lined up.

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