Add some trippy beats and dubstep to entrancingly melodic Middle Eastern tunes and you have yourself a big, heaping plate of Secret Archives of the Vatican, this week’s COREnered feature artist. Backed by many worldly musical influences, they fuse genres and international sounds to achieve an innovative appeal to sound, so take a peek into what this band had to say about their musical vision.
- What is your first musical memory?
At the age of three, standing on a sofa with some other little boys singing the Beatles' 'She Loves You’ (yeah, yeah, yeah!) to our mothers with tennis rackets for guitars. We only knew the chorus. The first music I was really aware of, a few years later, were bands like Slade, the Sweet, Gary Glitter, Marc Bolan
- What was the first concert you ever went to?
Don't know, but saw Carl Perkins and Bo Diddley in the late 70s and Fats Domino around then too. By the late 70s, early 80s I was seeing Rush at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon and a host of smaller rock bands, as well as the start of the New Wave of British Progressive Rock bands at the Marquee Club in London. I got to see The Ramones, The Clash, Ian Dury and many other punk, new wave/pubrock bands during my school years.
- What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration?
Great albums, DJ mixes, blogs and performances by other artists in our musical world, in genres where non-Western musical forms interact with electronica and dance music. There are hundreds of artists and a lot of fans but the mainstream media pretend they don't exist.
- Without using the words "alternative," "pop,” or "rock," describe your sound.
Transglobal Breakbeat Dub Science is the marketing term we've invented. Others in our musical environment use terms like Ghettotech or International Dubstep. Either way, we mix dub, dubstep, breakbeat, drum'n'bass, triphop and hiphop with Indian, Turkish and Arabic music and more. We hate the genre definitions used in the music media – they are restrictive and none of them come close to defining what we do.
- Stones or Beatles?
Both are utterly irrelevant old tosh and of no possible interest to anyone under 60. People who worship them are all the indie bands who churn out the utterly predictable, creatively bankrupt, derivative music so beloved of the radio industry. Rock music is capable of being so much more creative but rarely is, which is why the Secret Archives crew all left rock behind years ago. We've heard it all before, too many times.
- What's your dream collaboration?
My band (Secret Archives of the Vatican) with Talvin Singh and Mercan Dede, produced by Bill Laswell. I want Jessica Alba in the video.
- Do you find the song or does the song find you?
I am a hunter. I find the song. We have a podcast, which although it's a shameless ploy to plug our music, is also a lot of fun and I enjoy tracking down new music to open people's ears up. There are several online music communities that I regularly check for likely tracks. It's time-consuming but worthwhile.
- How do you discover new music
Facebook, MySpace, podcasts, DJ mixes, online radio, blogs, online music communities, friends' recommendations. There is no need to ever listen to mainstream radio, which sucks everywhere. I also do a little live music photography, so sometimes I'll see a good support act that I may not have heard of before. There's good music everywhere – I go to festivals in Morocco every year, so I catch some interesting new stuff there too.