segunda-feira, 7 de maio de 2018

Bars Beneath Your Skin with Guillotine Sunbeam - An Interview

Yoni Collier é o a mente por trás do projeto Guillotine Sunbeam, sua mais nova aventura sonora que difere da tendência eletrônica de sua ex banda, Deuce & Charger, a qual Yoni abandonou em Setembro do ano passado.

Com o Guillotine Sunbeam, Yoni explora atmosferas sonhadoras, por entre o dreampop e o shoegaze, camadas de guitarras e eletrônica guiam seu primeiro single, "Bars Beneath Your Skin", que recebeu atenção inclusive da BBC.

Por entre luzes e escuridão, o Guillotine Sunbeam nasce, e que cresça e floresça, pelo aperitivo inicial, os sabores que virão apontam para algo deliciosamente saboroso.

***** Interview with Guillotine Sunbeam *****

Q. When did Guillotine Sunbeam begin? Tell us about the history...
I was in an electronic act – a trio called Deuce & Charger – until last September. At that point we went our separate ways, as I think we all had different ideas of where we wanted to go musically. Guillotine Sunbeam was basically born the morning after I left Deuce & Charger. When you’ve been making music with people for a long time and then you suddenly stop, it’s a bit like going through a breakup! It felt very strange, but also liberating, to be writing songs completely on my own. I wrote and recorded a full song that first day – ‘Bars Beneath You Skin’ came a few weeks later.

Q: Who are your influences?
I grew up listening to guitar music, but around 10 years ago so much of the guitar music that was popular was so boring and derivative, I started listening to and making mainly electronic sounds… Over the last few years I’ve been gradually falling back in love with the sound of the guitar! Re-discovering old bands and discovering amazing new bands too. In terms of who has influenced the Guillotine Sunbeam sound… Slowdive have been pretty big for me the last couple of years, and I’ve got back into listening to those early Verve albums too. The electronic music I’ve made is still with me too – I love really deep sub-bass and interesting soundscapes, so I guess artists like Burial and Blanck Mass also have an influence.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
This list changes for me pretty much every day. Today, it feels like these 5:

David Bowie – Low
Scott Walker – Scott 4
Nas – Illmatic
Nick Cave – Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
Daft Punk - Homework

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I haven’t actually played live for a couple of years – when I last toured with Lone Wolf. That was a really special run of shows, and it ended with the last ever Lone Wolf show at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds – my absolute favourite venue in the world. It sounds cheesy, but there are moments playing live when you get completely lost in the music and that’s what I like most about it – I’m going to try and get a Guillotine Sunbeam live show together before too long!

Q. How do you describe Guillotine Sunbeam´s sounds?
I like really dense guitar textures, but really deep bass and electronic soundscapes are an important part of my sound too. Contrasts are important to me – dark and light, loud and quiet, I want things to sound dynamic.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
I record everything in my studio. The process varies a lot. Sometimes a song starts when I’m sitting at the piano, sometimes I get a synth sound in my head, and the first step is trying to recreate that with my equipment, and the song starts there. I play everything myself, and I produce and mix the tracks too. I’ve never done anything like this before – I’ve always been in bands so the process has been much more collaborative. Guillotine Sunbeam is more about me getting the sounds out of my head and onto record!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Is Bliss are a band from my home town (Portsmouth in the UK) that I think readers of TBTCI will like a lot.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I don’t think there’s much point in doing a cover unless your new version is very different to the original – so I guess it would have to be someone that sounds very different to me. So maybe Sister Sledge. Maybe Slayer.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
I should be bringing out an EP in the summer, and I’m going to be working on an album as well. It would be nice to play some live shows as well, so I’ve got to look into getting that side of things together!