The video on your website seems to hold a fascination for injecting the flesh – anything particular behind this imagery?
Ransom Note seems to be the perfect place to announce that I inject on a daily basis a mixture of pure meth and very strong china white, yes. Apart from that, it is taken from a movie I love and from the video for WALDORF which will be out at the end of the month.
Who or what has been the most influential person/thing during your musical career?
My cats? I don't know really Actually, movies and books in a general. At the moment? my girlfriend who also makes music as C.AR. I know you wanted me to say Weatherall he was in a way but where is the point in letting him know?
What role do you think anger and rage have in music? Do they help create better tracks?
Do they? Probably pain makes good songs, we all know that. I am not sure average ableton Joe feeds from rage, or may be when he can not emulate the last trend in snares.
How important is it for us to appreciate our musical heritage? Should we be building on what's gone before or heading in an entirely new direction?
I know geniuses who make music without any reference, and other geniuses who almost solely function "in rapport". What kills me (not for real) is when a set of reference (hmmmm, let me find an example, ah yes: 'nineties classic deep house') becomes the sole point of reference. To each his own really I really do not like the word "heritage" though, it sounds like we are walking in a museum and we are not allowed to touch anything You can tweak anything, nothing is untouchable if you do it "right" (whatever that means).
If you could have released any record from history on the label, what would it be? Would you make any creative changes?
Young Marble Giants-Colossal Youth amongst a 1000 others…
You've described the label with the phrase 'randomness as attitude', what does this mean?
Spin the wheel, expect the unexpected (including corny tag lines)
What's next for the label? Are there big plans for 2014?
We are quite keen on small plans. May be some kind of weird "continental balearic weirdness" mixed cd courtesy of myself + friends.
Is there anything we might have missed that youd like to discuss?
Yes, money, money. Nut not always loot. Men such as Wassel in those days were paid as promotion men, and, as recalcitrant disc jockeys and others discovered
the hard way, they were quite effective as such. But promotion also encompassed a wider and gentler, albeit often sub rosa, range of duties, not restricted to the milieu of the small, mongrel, record companies. There was a time when Columbia, one of the biggest and most established record companies called in an outside promotion man to trail a young man who, in his twenties, was among Columbias most successful pop singers. Trailing him was a sort of undercover form of public-relation insurance.
I ask wassel exactly what he means.
You know. Make sure he steered clear of the wrong people, wrong places.
I still dont understand.
I dont know. Was the singer consorting with the Mob?
I get a look that seems to say: Im talking about wrong people, wrong places.
They wanted to make sure nobody get caught with a dick in his mouth.
-Nick Tosches, Save the LAst dance For Satan, 2010.