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INTERVIEW: Ware's new LP lands on Absent Music



Ware started out as an experimental electronica duo in the 1980s, when you had to know what you were doing.

Composed by Sacha Galvagna, who went on to perform with acts as diverse as Rosa Mota, Horsepower, Charles Atlas, Crown Estate, The Last King of England and Carta, and Andrew Wilson, producer of producers, noise machine maker and DJ, who found underground acclaim for their production of Crossed Wires, the band reconnected earlier this decade when

they found themselves with unexpected time on their hands. Of all the continents, the couple took advantage of the 21st century technology to resurrect an auditory experimentation sketchpad that would become the basis for Star Catalogue, Ware's long overdue full-length player, will be released via Absent Music on [INSERT DATE].


We have had the pleasure of interviewing them and this has been the result.


What can you tell us about your latest project? What concept do you want to convey?

SG: Andy and I started this project a couple of years ago after re-connecting. We live on different continents but through technology we were able to send ideas to each other. In many ways this a good way to work, setting one's own timetable, place of work, and not rely on each other in terms of time/place. This project began with no concept/project idea, just see what we came up with and to see if we were still able to 'click' as we did many years ago.

It soon became apparent that we worked together very well and this was a good way to work together. It didn't take long before we had many songs/tunes/ideas/noises etc. We did contemplate placing ten/eleven songs in an order to fashion an 'album' but it didn't feel right, so taking a different route we thought out a more conceptual version.

This album has songs (stories) intertwined with instrumentals/noises/voices.....these 'inter' songs/sentences are the things that happen in between the stories, sometimes are just as important as the stories and perhaps explain and help with the story lines.


What was your production criteria in the album?


AW: To use any production techniques that we could lay our hands on. The album was created using both tape and computers, and also many of the synthesisers and instruments used were home-made. The production process - in my opinion - has to be fun and inspiring in it's own right, as well as producing the desired final sound.


In an overly saturated market, how would you advise someone looking to express themselves creatively in music culture?


SG: I think expressing oneself creatively is easier and harder than previously. Easier because there are many avenues one can take to express via the internet, social media. But, yes, it's harder, too, because it is oversaturated. Finding something that suits you and you are comfortable with is the way to go.


Do you think that in the music industry there is an open door for the underprivileged?


AW: Yes. Personally I have always found this to be the case. At the end of the day if you haven't got any real talent then it won't matter how privileged you are, people won't be interested.


Last record you bought?


SG: Punkt-Faust (1972, recently released lost 5th Album from the band Faust)

AW: Jef Stott, Arcana.


The best thing about working in music?


SG: Working with people that you have a real connection with, be it emotionally, politically. creatively. Expressing one's ideas and learning of new ways to do things, either technically or physically.

Creating something from nothing is still very exciting and rewarding.


The most difficult challenge of working on music?


SG: Perhaps taking a different look/path to one that you intended to make, being open minded enough to accept that sometimes you haven't the best idea in the room. Working with others helps with this.


The biggest disappointment in your career? How did you get over that?


SG: There are disappointments that arise every now and then, be it regarding someone you work with or a reaction to work you have done. But it's best not to dwell, dust yourself down and dive into the next project or take a break. There are many times I have said 'Ok, that's it, I've had enough" but I can't help but carry on and return to music, it's corny but true.

AW: I don't do regrets or disappointments. They waste time.


The last time you stayed in a club until the lights came on?


SG: I am usually the first to leave, be it a Club, Gig, Party.

AW: Last Friday.


Who has been the most inspiring person you have worked with?


SG: I have worked with a few 'big named' producers, engineers and learnt some things from them. Watching them work and helping out has been very inspiring, but mostly it comes down to trusting in yourself and the decisions you make, if they are for the right reason then you can't go wrong.

AW: Without doubt Sacha (the other half of Ware). I have worked with many producers over the years but he is the easiest, most fun and most satisfying to work with to date.


Your records of the moment?


SG: At the moment I am really enjoying "Skinty Fia' Fontaines DC....it's not what I usually listen to, but I'm a sucker for a simple driving bass. Anything that Kendrick Lamar comes out with is 'of the moment'

AW:I've been listening to a lot of medieval music recently. There are some incredible rhythms and time signatures in that stuff.


Who do you think we should interview next?


SG: Robert Wyatt

AW: Brian Eno


Do you have any final words of wisdom?

AW: Never dumb your music down. It's too important.

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