Why do you still play? – I can’t stop what I’ve started.
Why do you play with these guys? – They don’t make me cringe and they’re both very good at what they do.
What have you done before? – Hardcore punk, improvised rock, folk rock, wuss rock, dub, double bass bottom feeding.
How does that relate to Sleepers? – We do all the above except for wuss rock.
Who are your favourite musicians/ artists? – Hendrix, Coltrane, Monk, Miles + Betty Davis, Acoustic Ladyland, Nomeansno, Wayne Shorter, Captain Beefheart, Tord Gustavsen, Satie, Bach, Chopin, Bartok, Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Led Zep, King Tubby, Serge Gainsbourg, King Crimson, The Rezillos, The Beatles, Hawkwind, Brian Blade, Eno, Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Fela, Arvo Part, Stevie Wonder, Augustus Pablo, Bad Brains, The Beastie Boys, Buzzcocks, Stranglers, Public Enemy, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, The Damned, Can, Bowie, Bill Frisell, Deep Purple, Deerhoof, Voivod, Dinosaur Jr., Grinderman, James Brown, Joe Henderson, Sepultura, Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Scofield, Tribe Called Quest, The Meters, Nick Drake, Elvin Jones, Motorhead, Portishead, Refused, Radiohead, Sonny Sharrock, Soul Coughing, Battles, Talk Talk, Squarepusher, Bootsy Collins, Dead Kennedys, Autechre, The Bad Plus, Curtis Mayfield, Brad Mehldau, Eddie Harris, Fennesz, Funkadelic, Gil Scott Heron, Herbie Hancock, The Stooges, Juana Molina, EST, Killing Joke, Larry Young, Sly and the Family Stone, Bob Marley, Soft Machine, Stereolab, MC5…..
What’s your favourite toy? – My Leica M9
What does Albania mean to you? – A black, double headed eagle on a red background.
Why do you still play? - It’s therapeutic
Why do you play with these guys? - Because they let me.
What have you done before? - Harmolodic influenced jazz, folk rock, indie pop, polka, klezmer, Ghanaian drumming, free improvised music, chamber music, musical theatre, microsound, phonography, photography, graphic design, film and television art direction.
How does that relate to Sleepers? - We do all the above except for polka.
Who are your favourite musicians/ artists? - Gentle Giant, Henry Cow, James Blood Ulmer, Can, Captain Beefheart, Carpenters and anyone else beginning with the letter C.
What’s your favourite toy? - My family
What does Albania mean to you? - Sinister trees.
Why do you still play? - Can’t live without it man.
Why do you play with these guys? - Lovely biscuits.
What have you done before? - folk-rock, french pop, canadian modal folk jazz rock, britpop, modal jazz. I was one of the three founder members of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and played with the group for it’s duration. Bloomsday, The Bathers, Mae Moore. I was a ’90s guitar sessioneer. Studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art. Scored for film and TV. Digital designer.
How does that relate to Sleepers? - Deus ex machina, he moves in mysterious ways.
Who are your favourite musicians/ artists? - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Max Beckman, Otto Dix, Eric Fischl, Miro, Picasso, Bill Frisell, Medeski Martin and Wood, John McLauglin (Extrapolation and Miles band era), Fred Frith, Chopin, Mahler’s 5th, Arvo Part, John Lennon, the Stones (era Beggars Banquet to Sticky Fingers) Talking Heads (to Fear of Music), Steely Dan (to Aja), John Scofield, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Brad Meldhau, E.S.T., U2 (can’t help it) Andy Goldsworthy, P.J. Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Led Zeppelin, Pere Ubu, Gang of Four (Entertainment), Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, The Bad Plus, Public Enemy, Gil Scott Heron, The Clash, The National, Black Keys, Jimmy Reed, Ian Dury, Juana Molina, Slapp Happy/Henry Cow, Young Marble Giants, Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Steve Earle, sometimes Wilco, Van Morrison.
What’s your favourite toy? - MiPhone..so sorry..
What does Albania mean to you? - Tall and tanned and blonde and lovely socialist girls. Honest, Svetlana, I didn’t mean to do it.