Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Gasman

In LMT’s review of the Gasman’s latest Planet Mu release ‘This One’s For You’ (read it here), he suggests that the Gasman is VPs favourite electronic artists. I can’t speak for all the writers, but I’d certainly go along with that. I think the thing that makes it a cut above for me is that despite being challenging, it is more genuinely rewarding than the efforts of some of his peers, the sounds are beautifully organic, and don’t hammer on the glitch for the sake of it. With several albums out already, it is a genuine concern to us that the Gasman is not a more revered figure. We’re building a statue. This interview shall have to tide you over until its unveiling. Skif

HELLO MY NAME IS CHRIS REEVES. I BECAME INTERESTED IN LOOPING TUNES AND BEATS WHEN I WAS ABOUT 13, IDE EITHER DO IT WITH OLD TAPES AND TAPE RECORDERS OR IDE MAKE OLD RECORDS JUMP BY STICKING BLUETACK TO THEM. THEN I STARTED TO GET A FEW YAMAHA KEYBOARDS AND COMBINE THE LOT. THEN A FREIND MADE ME A PC AND ANOTHER FREIND GAVE ME SOME MUSIC PACKAGES AND IVE BEEN USING THEN EVER SINCE.

>For someone exploring The Gasman for the first time, what one fact about you should they know before they start?

THAT THERES NOTHING FAKE ABOUT IT AND THERES NO PRETENCE. PLUS YOU MIGHT LIKE SOME OF THE TUNES.

>Is The Gasman relevant?

TO ME IT IS

>I know you’re a Cardiacs fan, considering your style of music, how do they inspire you?

THEY MAKE REALLY MOVING MUSIC AND THEY'VE MADE UP SOME OF THE BEST TUNES IVE EVER HEARD, PLUS THERES NO PRETENCE AND THERES NOTHING FAKE ABOUT THEM. THEY SEEM TO BE DRIVEN BY THIER OWN REACTION TO THEIR MUSIC AND NOT OTHER PEOPLES,

>What else inspires you, musically and lyrically?

THE TRUTH

>Do you plan to collaborate with others? Any ideal collaborators?

NOT REALLY NO, IDE CONSIDER MAKING MUSIC OUT OF OTHER PEOPLES SOUNDS BECAUSE THATS WHAT I DO ANYWAY

>If the musical world was ideal, it would…

NOT LEAVE MY BEDROOM

>Why should people buy ‘This Ones For You’?

BECAUSE I'M HUNGRY

>What do you consider your best achievements in music?

GIVING MYSELF GOOSEBUMPS

>On a Gasman curated festival bill, who would play?

CARDIACS, AFX, WENDY CARLOS, JEAN JACQUES PERREY, BILL DRAKE, DANIELSON FAMILY, THE QUIMBYS

>What are your ambitions?

I HAV'NT GOT ANY APART FROM TO BE ABLE TO LIVE ON THE MONEY I GET FROM DOING MUSIC

>What does ‘success’ mean to you?

HAVING TIM SMITH FROM CARDIACS TELL ME HE REALLY LIKES MY MUSIC, WHICH HE ALREADY HAS

>What makes you cry?

ONIONS

>What makes you smile?

>THE WORD ONOIN

>Has a musical event/musician changed your life? If so, how? Or describe a musical epiphany you have had.

XYLEM TUBE EP BY APHEX TWIN AND A SESSION FOR JOHN PEEL BY SEA NYMPHS, BOTH OF THESE THINGS EFFECTED ME SO MUCH

>What’s better, singles, LPS or downloads? What do you consider the most useful to The Gasman right now?

LPS MAYBE? I DON'T REALLY KNOW ALL I KNOW IS THAT I'M SKINT EITHER WAY

>What are your future plans for gigs and recordings?

I DON'T LIKE PLAYING LIVE BUT I'LL KEEP RECORDING STUFF FOR AS LONG AS I CAN AFFORD THE ELECTRICITY TO DO IT

>What, with regards the UK music scene, upsets you?

PRETENCE

>What, with regards the UK music scene, delights you?

HONESTY

>What are you passionate about in life, apart from music?

EJACULATING

>What is/was your favourite book, and why?

TERRENCE CONRAN'S THE HOUSE BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE SIXTIES/SEVENTIES DESIGN

>Any other words of wisdom?

TRUEFORM BY THE GASMAN COMES OUT IN NOVEMBER ON SUBLIGHT RECORDS

www.myspace.com/thegasman

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