1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
Hi, we are Jamie Jamal and Mister Minchie from Bristol’s electronic duo This Human Condition. We performed at Glastonbury Festival this year and have been played on BBC6Music. We have released an EP called ‘ ise‘ plus an album called ‘Project Zero‘. We’re currently working on the next EP.
2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
We make electronic music blending many different styles including, House, Trance, Dance, Synth Pop, Trip Hop, Dub Step and Balearic Downtempo. We describe our genre as “Electronic handbag Punk” Think early Depeche Mode meets a darker Erasure. ‘Our first single ‘Telepathic Heights’ was inspired by a riot that took place in 2011 in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol, England. The riot followed a raid by police on a squat named Telepathic Heights. A crowd quickly gathered, with approximately 300 people defending the squat and a 1,000 more caught up in the mayhem. Using 90s synthesizer sounds, helicopters, and some Indian chanting, This Human Condition’s song conveys the emotion felt from the chaos and disorder of that riot. The vocal mix is paired with an atmospheric instrumental mix for a truly intriguing release. We have written songs about mental health, gender dysphoria, relationships, environmental issues and Alan Turing.
3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
We have both been making music all our lives in some form or another. Jamie has been in several bands over the years and Mister Minchie has been producing for other people for several years as well as doing music therapy. We started this project in January 2015 and met at a songwriting circle (a support group for songwriters) set up by Mister Minchie around 2013. We quickly realised we had a lot in common music wise and enjoyed working together on each others tracks. It was other people who suggested we form a band when we started doing some live work, initially the idea was to support each other on our solo projects.
4. Stage or studio?
We’d say studio. It’s really exciting when you have a new idea and start to hear it come together. Having said that, Ships are built in harbours but that’s not what ships are built for is it, so the real answer has to be stage. Both are very different, though when you start to let go, the stage becomes more fun.
5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
Mastering: Pro tools using the Soundcraft 2400
6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
The Moog, we just love the sounds they make. No particular one just any Moog, It makes us feel like kids in the candy shop.
7. Where can we check out your tunes?
You can find our music on every platform including,
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