Photograph of Harvey pilfered from the excellent Together We Kill which, if I'm not very much mistaken, is run by Mrs Harvey. I like his don't give a fuck approach to CDJs.
It's been a nice and necessary break. Holiday in France with family followed by a week or so at home with the grubs. Even though I don't do much writing, it's always on my mind as is the inspiration for it, so it's nice to switch off for a reasonable length of time. Having said that, it's very difficult. One takes stock at a time such as this. The lack of connection with music, in my case at least, is a case of absence making the heart grow fonder. All I listened to while on the road were a few mixes, best of which was this superb effort by Dominic Cappello. I also got through most of Seth Troxler's Fuse set, but it can't have been encoded at as high a nitrate as Cappello's because it sounded all high end and tinny. I should point out that I'm playing music through one of those iPod adaptors, which plug into the car lighter and operate off some sort of bluetooth frequency. The sound system in the car isn't the best anyway, but it certainly isn't helped by mixes being encoded at 128kbpm.
Listening material as I write is Harvey's 'Sonic Disco 3', about as unlike Troxler and Cappello as it's possible to be, and even though the music is for everyone is it true that you're more likely to be young if you prefer straight up house, techno, dubstep, etc, and older if you like what Harvey lays down? A sweeping generalisation that some say has it's roots in truth but the reality is that it's all a question of context, situation and headspace. Once someone or something steps slightly outside the boundaries of what is expected it's quite breathtaking that often those the first to complain are probably the ones who credit themselves with the most open of minds.
This week I'll be putting together some questions which I hope to use in a permanent blog column of some sort. I haven't done a blog-specific interview for quite some time, but when I have it's usually gone quite well. Ten questions max which will hopefully cover most esoteric bases. Super difficult to steer clear of the cliches when putting something like this together.Moreover, it's just as hackneyed to aim for the obscure as the obvious when doing this, but I'll do my best.