PRICK AND DING #56:DEMENTIO 13

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:DEMENTIO 13

Dementio 13 is an Cardiff based artist making wonderful electronic soundscapes in a variety of styles.

His music has always held an intriguing fascination for me,moving from ‘gentle & reflective’ to ‘knock yer fillings out’ in a matter of moments. Insightful collages of sound from an alchemist’s lair if you like.

July 15 see’s the release of the release of his new album ‘Imperial Decimal’ and I can report back that it contains some of his finest work to date.

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Dementio 13 is not only a music artist in his own right as Dementio 13 & also Diebenkorn, he is also a producer of note, co-producing the excellent album by FOTN Fave Lawrence Made Me Cry ‘The Diary of me’

And add to that another talent-blogger-is there no end to this man’s talent?

As FOTN’s ace roving reporter Massimo noted when reviewing Dementio 13‘s ‘Pen Y Fan’ for Fresh Faves 63-“I love it when artists blog. Maybe I’m nosy, or that it offers an insight into an otherwise enigmatic artist who creates things that I like. But Cardiff-based Dementio13‘s blog is wonderfully diverse, thought-provoking and written in such a way that comes across as humble, relaxed and pensive”.

Dementio 13 is also a dab hand at remixing as I know only too well myself (as he kindly remixed a track from my last solo album) and his remix for Phoenix (below) show off his skills to a tee.

Through all his work you get a sense of a man truly excited by music in all of its delicious strands,knowledgable & engaged,talented & interesting.And that he does it all with a delightful DIY disposition only adds to admiration people have for the guy.

Hey,the sun keeps shining & the world feels like a better place,I’d like to add to your day a generous dollop of Dementio 13.

I will now retire beside the lake in the garden (ok,its a tiny frog pond), shades on,glass in hand,bare feet (no man flip flops here!)and toast to the great man & artist that is Dementio 13.

Over to you kind sir….

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
Right now, I’m eating ribs (who’s, I don’t know), but generally I’m enjoying the summer sunshine while it lasts, organising exhibitions, trying to flog my new album, eating and drinking too much, cycling, hatching plans for future musical ventures and basically getting on with life.

2. Favourite childhood memory? 
I find it really difficult choosing one favourite, of anything. Though I reckon it’s probably sitting in a caravan in Scotland in the pouring rain with my folks watching the maddest thunderstorm I’ve ever seen. I went to Singapore too, that was pretty amazing. Receiving a Casio VL-Tone as a birthday present was the thing that set me off on a long musical journey, so that’d have to be up there…..There was also that time when I was abducted by aliens too, but I don’t like to talk about that.

3. Hero?
Musically? Again, so many. Tony Wilson, Brian Eno, Vini Reilly, Ennio Morricone, Delia Derbyshire….massive list.

Film: Michael Caine, Sergio Leone, Bill Murray, Martin Scorcese….. Actually, Sergio Leone is probably my overall hero.

4. Villain?
If we’re talking ‘favourite’ film villains, it’s got to be Donald Pleasance. He plays evil so well.

Not many real villains who I hate, but at the moment it’s probably Michael Gove. And “data managers”. Oh, and any musician who calls themselves a ‘real’ musician and dismisses computer/electronic music as inauthentic or easy.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
The telly; The Thick Of It, The Day Today, League Of Gentlemen, anything slightly edgy or odd, I guess. It’s the same with people. I also think the people of Lancashire (where I’m from) have the most creative and oddest phrases and dialects…..that always makes me chuckle. I think I’m afflicted by a condition which makes it difficult to laugh out loud, therefore people often think I’m a miserable bastard…..and they’re right. So it has to be really funny to make me blow milk through my nose.

6. Describe what you do?
Ok, I can either take this seriously and bore the crap out of you and sound a bit pretentious, or be flippant and not give you any real answer. I’ll go for the serious/pretentious approach. Basically I record at home and stick to a fairly strict DIY ethic, not in a retro-technology way, but just in that everything I do isn’t mediated or compromised. It’s a luxury really, innit? I use synths and computers and my trusty bass guitar to try to mix up elements of all the music I love with film references, art references and the occasional bit of social commentary. It’s accessible, but experimental….harsh but mellow; so a bit contradictory. I described it once as ‘electronic post-rock’ in an interview, but I may have just as well called it ‘genre-genre’ or ‘raddish hat boing boing’.

When I’m not making music, I’m normally thinking about music, writing about music or talking about music.

I do lots of remixes as well, of lesser-well-known and morer-well-known artists. I occasionally collaborate with my buddy Marie in Austraila; she sings, I make music around her voice.

I work as an art teacher which takes up bucket-loads of time, so I tend to record and master quickly.

I’m a fairly normal bloke in general, except for the collection of human toes.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Ooh, gotta be Clint Boon’s: circa 1990.

8. Best musical experience to date
To be honest, I love every moment I record. But I did a ‘listener’s mix’ thing on BBC6Music a few years ago. Got the day off work (paid….thanks boss) to go up to that there London, got interviewed on-air and shared an elevator with Tim Burgess, who was a jolly nice chap. In a rather awkward moment, the BBC PA girl introduced us and he graciously responded as though he knew me, which took the awkward factor down a little, considering the lift was only the size of a wardrobe. Anyway, having my 1 hour mix played on national radio was cool. Then getting played on Fresh On The Net, of course.

I went to ‘The Festival Of The Tenth Summer’ in Manchester when I was in my teens. That was pretty awesome….The Smiths, Cabaret Voltaire, A Certain Ratio, John Cale, Magazine, New Order at their peak and heaps of others on one day. That stayed with me.

9. What artist inspires you?
For consistently making stuff which really exhilarates me, Squarepusher.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
A lovely tingly feeling on the back of my knees. Independence, opportunity, license fee well-spent.

 

 

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

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