PRICK & DING #52: JOHN LAMONICA

John LaMonica

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

THIS WEEK: JOHN LaMONICA

I only stumbled upon the excellent work of John LaMonica this past weekend via our very own Fresh On The Net Listening Post (* Independent musicians take note-submit your best song here Mon-Thur for the chance to feature on the Listening Post-More info below).

Your own exquisite taste dear FOTN followers voted John into mondays Fresh Faves with his brilliant track Ghost (Below) and I am so pleased you did. And now we find John interviewing for Prick and Ding within the space of a few days-wow,the wheels of progress move at speed on FOTN these days :D.

‘Ghost’ delivers one of the best first 90 seconds of emotionally tinged electronica I have heard in donkeys & the other 5+ minutes will not fail to disappoint either.

John LaMonica makes music that deserves to be shared, savoured & enjoyed.

So who is this John LaMonica fella then? Well since FOTN’s very own fine gentleman of the people Howard Gorman wrote about John only this Monday (4th June), it would be crazy not nick his words wholesale to give you a little more flavour on this wonderful artist. Thanks Howard  :D

“John LaMonica boasts in excess of 10 official releases under a plethora of monikers and additional collaborations, remixes and songwriting credits and it certainly shows in the form of ‘Ghost’. I understand that he was also one of the many, many, many members of the Polyphonic Spree and all I can say is I’m ever so glad he decided to stand out from that crowd, producing this hauntingly beautiful track.

John’s falsetto plays perfect companion to his unique brand of folktronica which is as much timorous as it is adventurous and experimental. Surprisingly, this track wasn’t included in his latest album ‘Volunteers’ as it more than champions how talented this unique one man musician really is”.

I can tell you that Ghost will be part of his first class Machines EP – which will be released on October 15th.

Stick close to the radiogram and the best clubs lovely people. I think you will be hearing a lot of Mr LaMonica in your earlobes – jumping out from speakers across the land.

Give me electronic music as good as John’s and I will give you a big wide smiling face in return every time.

I couldn’t resist sharing an extra demo track which shot me with a dose of blissed out loveliness-its called ‘A Ghost’ and its reet cracking.

Keep us updated on your work John. It’s a pleasure to share your music here and to have your interview for Prick and Ding 52.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
Right this moment? Having a coffee and bouncing stems for a brand new track. In general, working on booking a few shows for the EP and actually heading to London at the end of the month to do some songwriting.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Sesame Street on ice. Those poor ice skaters, bless them all wherever they are now.

3. Hero?
Joseph Campbell, no contest.

4. Villain?
Peppermint Schnapps, no contest.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Any youtube video involving a farm animal and someone getting injured while provoking said farm animal, proving the Universe is just after all…and Craig Ferguson.

6. Describe what you do?
I write songs from melodies that get trapped in my head when I sleep. I try to make the computer translate these melodies into complete ideas using software and hardware together. I fail alot but have succeeded a handful of times. The successful moments fuel the fire to continue making new things. The words usually come later on and follow a similar incubation period.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
This guy. I would just like to be him in general. Wouldn’t you?

8. Best musical experience to date?
This is a tie. Going on tour in The Polyphonic Spree and opening for David Bowie aaaand playing Glastonbury just before The Flaming Lips/Radiohead. In both instances I ran off stage straight into the crowd to watch their sets, such unforgettable moments. There have been so many great experiences for which I have music to thank but those two share equal importance to me.

9. What artist inspires you?
Anders Nilsen. His work does something to my brain which always inspires and motivates me.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
There’s hope for honest music lovers, creators and broadcasters. Real people doing good by exposing real artists. Essential.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Glad To Be Gay and War Baby; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. Read More…

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