LondonNet Music News
LondonNet: London Music Guide

Deaf Stereo

Interview

Buy House on Fire/Blackout Falls [VINYL] [Single] by Deaf Stereo at Amazon >>

Deaf Stereo

Where did you get your name from?

Being deaf stereo means being equally deaf on both sides, as if you've got your hands over your ears. We thought it worked on two levels as we felt like our music was being ignored at the time, but also as we were trying to ignore everything else going on around us, trying to do our own thing. We also rehearse so loudly that the name is starting to have a worryingly ironic meaning now.

How long have you been together?

Most of us met on a music course, so its been a few years, but more seriously with this set up in the last two.

How would you describe your music to people who have never heard you before?

We're influenced a lot by remixes of bands, the idea that you can have a song with live parts, but production and structure that makes a crowd dance, so I suppose we sound like a remix of ourselves.

What inspires you? Where do you get ideas from for your music?

As I was saying remixes and dance music are important to us in terms of sounds but you can't ignore the song under it all, I still listen to my Beatles records, you can't forgot where its all come from. A lot of our lyrics are quite dark, a lot of songs about longing and stalking for some reason, I don't why, we're all quite happy and those charges were dropped..

How important do you feel your image and your visuals are for your music?

You can't ignore image now, but I do get annoyed with bands that have clearly spent more time on their hair-dos than their songs, there's a lot of them about. We'd like to bring more visuals into are live sets, there such an important part of dance music, but they've got to be right.

How do you feel you are progressing as artists? Do you feel your music is changing as you grow older?

Our music is changing all the time, we don't really know what direction we're going in and we don't want to know. We've got such eclectic tastes as a band that's it best just to play it by ear and see what happens.

How do you work as a unit? Do you create the music together or do you have individual roles?

Its very much a group project when we work on songs, I may do more of the basic song writing but when we work on the song its great tearing it to bits and seeing where it ends up, the production is a big part of our sound and we've got a free reign to take it anywhere.

What is the best gig you have ever played?

Supporting Mylo at Brixton Academy was amazing, 4000 people cheering is a sound that's hard to get out of your head.

What more do you want from your life as musicians? Goals and ambitions? Is there somewhere in

particular that you have always dreamt of playing?

We want to be as big as we can possibly be, and our ambition is to do just that. But the main goal is just to play music, be happy and not starve. We all used to live in a flat in Muswell Hill, up the road from Alexandra Palace so headlining there would be amazing.

What was the first record you bought?

The first good record I bought would be Bleach by Nirvana, there was a lot of crap before that but I'm keeping it to myself.

What was the last record you bought?

As I'm always skint I download a lot of podcasts, the ones from trash club are really good, great DJ's playing brand new tunes for free.

Favourite record of all time?

That's a tough one, Revolver is up there, but so is the stone roses album, and exit planet dust.

Top Ten records of the moment?

1.'YOUNG FOLKS' PETER, BJORN AND JOHN
2.'WOMAN' WOLFMOTHER (MSTRKRFT REMIX)
3. 'HUSTLER' SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
4. 'ZDARLIGHT' - DIGITALISM
5. 'SHEILA' JAMIE T
6. 'LET MY SHOES LEAD ME FORWARD' JENNY WILSON
7. 'TIGHT FIT' NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB
8. 'WASHING UP' THOMAS ANDERSON
9. 'DOWN DOWN DOWN' THE PRESETS
10. 'WATERS OF NAZERETH' JUSTICE (EROL ALKAN REMIX)

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

As he's just passed away I'd like to meet Syd Barret, find out just how crazy he's been for the last 30 years and why there was never a reunion.

What do you do to relax?

In this heat I drink Mojitos and try to imagine I'm on a beach somewhere.

Is there a difference in audiences and the type of people who come to see you at each show?

Are some more/less receptive than others?

They've been very receptive, we've only just started getting press so its great when you have people come up to you after a show and say they hadn't come to see you but were blown away. There doesn't seem to be a particular type of person that goes to our shows, the good thing about using different types of songs and styles is that there's something for everyone.

What did you want to be when you were little? Or did you always want to work in music?

Since I was 9 I've wanted to be in a band, I come from a musical family so there was never much choice. When I was really little and everyone else wanted to be astronauts of firemen I wanted to work in a pub for some reason? Explains a lot.

If you were stranded on a desert Island what 3 items would you take with you?

Definitely a guitar, and of course a barrel of pre-mixed Mojito, and if it was the Lost island I'd take cyanide, the constant ad breaks would send me over the edge.

Ipod dj's sign of the future or waste of time?

You can't stop the future, I'm all for it.

Have you ever played a record backwards to hear what it said?

As Bill Hicks once said, "if you want to hear the devil, stop. Don't bother looking for him, if you play records backwards you are the devil"

How do you usually create tracks? Do you record through a Mac?

Yes, Barney who plays keys does most of the recording and production on his mac

How do you approach new songs?

It depends. Sometimes one of us will write a basic song or backing and then we work on it, or sometimes we'll just be jamming and an idea will form.

What can you tell me about the single/epIs there an alabum on the way? How long did it take to complete?

The records got House on fire and Blackout falls on it, didn't take to long to complete as we were on a bit of a deadline, which is a good thing sometimes. We've certainly got an album written, just need to record it and find the right people to release it.

Buy House on Fire/Blackout Falls [VINYL] [Single] by Deaf Stereo at Amazon >>






See Also

LondonNet Homepage
Music Home - full menu
Music Listings - gig listings
Venue Listings - a to z of venues

Online Tickets
Rock and Pop
Classical Concerts
Theatre
Attractions and Tours
Accommodation
Hotels
Hostels
Apartments
Bed & Breakfast