1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi, I’m Paul. Been living in Cardiff for 20-odd years but I’m originally from Lancashire; dark satanic mills and all that. I make music as Dementio13 and, more recently, as The Night Programme.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
It’s a bit of a mash-up of styles, I guess. Mostly electronic…I s’pose I’m a producer more than a performer. I draw influences from everything around me: films, landscapes, art, other music (no particular genre, but I love The Radiophonic Workshop, Factory Records, Aphex Twin, Warp Records, Krautrock, film soundtracks from the 50s to the 70s). Someone once described my music as electronic post-rock…..I’ll go with that. It veers from all-out techno and acid, through to ambient, drum n bass and occasional rocky elements. I’ve been making music for a long time, so there’s a lot of influences from different eras in there.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
I started in my teens; was into Factory Records, Kraftwerk, Can and Ennio Morricone and wanted to make music like them. I was in a couple of bands and did quite a few gigs. I played bass (still do) and bought a drum machine and a synth, so I tended to be the one who did most of the instrumentation and song-writing. After several years just playing about and going to university, I started recording more seriously with some song-writers, then solo. Now, I collaborate and remix as well as recording solo stuff.
4. Stage or studio?
Mostly studio. I used to get a bit of stagefright and, though I have gigged more recently, I still find it fairly daunting. Plus, electronic artists tend to just stand hunched over a table pushing buttons. That’s the aesthetic, I guess. I’m quite self-conscious that I’m just another bloke standing over a table nodding his head with a cryptic back-projected video playing.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Elektron stuff: a Monomachine, Machinedrum and Octatrack mainly; I love those. And some synths (MS20 mini, MiniNova, TT-303, Volca Bass). I’ve got old Yamaha RS7000 and SU700 grooveboxes, which occasionally see the light of day; mainly when I want to put ideas down quickly. I’ve also got an Alesis Fusion6, which is quite a versatile and underrated keyboard…and a Casio PT-50! My bass guitars too: a Rickenbacker 4003 and a JHS Vintage fretless.
It’d probably be the Octatrack….great for mangling samples and sequencing. Actually, any of the Elektron sequencers. They’re limited to 64 steps, which can be a pain at times, but they’re really deep……the parameter-locks and arpeggiators allow you to do some really interesting stuff.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
All my music from the last 15 years under various guises is at http://dementio13.com Free/pay-what-you-want downloads, or subscription for a fiver.
Twitter: @dementio13 and @nightprogramme
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