British born, Berlin based madman Dead Fader is about to drop his latest EP, ‘work it, no’. With a sound similar to what I think it would be like being sucked into a vortex, surrounded by cats playing with broken bed springs and a sadistic old man wearing nothing but a vest, manipulating an ancient sound effects board. We caught up with the man behind the name earlier this month and, with hints of hip-hop buried under the carefully constructed layers of noise and distortion, we here at Planet Notion think this may be just the thing for your Friday night playlist.
PlanetNotion: Who are you & where do you come from?
Dead Fader: I grew up in a small town north of London called Bedford. It’s a pretty uninspiring place to grow up in, there’s nothing really happening there.
PN: Being based in Berlin, do you find every day life in the city having any influence on your music?
DF: Most of the time I get inspiration from things I don’t like, they piss me off and make me want to create something good and meaningful. A lot of people say the parties in Berlin have influences on them, but most of them are generic house and techno, pretty boring dance music, played by DJs that think they’re really sexy.
PN: Besides Berlin, what spurs the creation of music that sounds like the Hulk banging two cars together surrounded by a tribe of encouragers?…in a good way of course!
DF: I prefer live music, bands and electronic stuff as long as it’s genuinely live. I love people like C_C and my friend DJ Scotch Egg, Mark Clifford and Kouhei Matsunaga; hearing what they’re doing and hanging out with them is really important, finding people who are doing similar things to you. There’s also a little record store called Staalplaat too which is amazing, it’s a tiny little record store, but has everything – tapes, vinyl, weird little musical things…and loads of crazy artwork!
PN: ‘work it, no’ in only four tracks manages to touch base over several genres, was this intentional?
DF: Yeah I think so, I’m very keen on using an idea if it works. I don’t care if it’s a mixture of different styles; I guess I don’t really have any respect for genres in the first place so I just like good music. I guess the ideas behind the music aren’t industrial, I don’t hear industrial sounds outside or in everyday life and think, “oh yeah I’ll sample that”. I’m just into extreme energy, channelling my energy through electronic sounds, it becomes extreme. I guess that in itself has a lot of parallels to industrial ideas; so it’s intentional in the sense that it’s not intentional – if u see what I mean? For me the best music doesn’t fit into any categories, or genres and that’s what makes it original.
PN: Apart from the imminent release of ‘work it, no’, what else have you got in the pipeline?
DF: Yes there are always things in the pipeline. The new Dead Fader album will hopefully come early next year, and also another album under my own name, which has been finished for a couple of years now and will hopefully see the light of day later this year.
- Gavin Bevan