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6 May 1973
St Catharines, Ontario Canada (in the Niagara Peninsula)
Fave 808 album:
Fave 808 track:
Pacific State / Pacific 909
How did you get into 808:
I saw the video for Pacific 707 back in 90/ 91 on a program called CITY LIMITS on
Much Music. I was immediately blow away by the ambient texturing with the bird song and
the baritone sax. Basically the song really took well to my ears and I enjoyed the feeling
I got from it. It epitomized what a great electronic song was all about at that time and
it still holds water. I was hooked ever since.
At that time I was heavy into songs like LFO-"What is House?", The
Timelords-"Doctorin' the Tardis", Deee Lite-"What is Love".
808 Live gigs attended:
I saw them open up for New Order at Canada Wonderland's
Kingswood Outdoor Theatre. They performed amazingly in the
evening's twilight hours. It was absolutely one of the best
times so far in my life. See posting The Greatest
808 Moment In My Life.
I still envy all of you G-MEXers! You are all so lucky! Damn!
Most prized 808 items:
- The Spot the Sample prize. The
"808state messing about in the studio" recordings. Complete with a hand written
congrats / warning from Graham not to pirate the proprietary songs for bootlegging
purposes. Having my own recording studio and always synth / programming Jammin' I totally
get a kick out of it. I learned a few new swear words form the MC Tunes Pump recording
sessions. Great Fun!
- The "State to State" Fan club
disk. I found out about it in the Record Collector magazine.
- Pacific Tommy Boy 12" ( I Love the 909
- The Extended Pleasures of Dance EP
- Insane Lover/ Freak Promo 12"
- Let Yourself Go 12"
- QuadraState LP
- The North at its Heights
Most wanted 808 items:
A replacement of the Only 808 concert T that I bought at the New Order concert.
It had a Butterfly Logo on the front with a Pill-Shaped logo on the back that read, "
808State entertainment System". My Dad tossed it in the wash with a new Purple towel
with it and now looks like a Jimmy Somerville type of concert T. Crumbs!
808 effect and inspirations:
I was always into electronically produced music ever since I played a copy of my
Dad's Steve Miller Band "Fly Like An Eagle" album at the age of 6. I also grew
up around a wide exposure of music since my Dad was a Rock and Roll singer in a band
called "Thee Unkind". Another band member, my Uncle Brian, had a Jam/
Demonstration recording studio in the cellar of his House. So my cousin and myself spent a
lot of time from the age of 6 to 17 just jamming and messing around with multi track tape
reels and tons of different instruments. That is were I discovered the Hammond Organ and
basic synthesis. We had a Roland Rhythm 55 for a drum machine as well. It was very Phil
Collins sounding. I still own it.
I had a short Dj career before and during
College. I played at a few local nightclubs spinning hip-hop, hip-house and a ton of Warp
and Chicago House. When I discovered 808State, I discovered the Holy Grail of electronic
music. To me, they retained all of the right ingredients of what makes a great sound
recording. With a lot of feeling in it.
That is when I started looking for
equipment to start learning how to program beats and sequence musical analogue
expressions. I was inspired to the point that I started to seriously produce loads of demo
tapes while constantly learning. 808State are not my only inspiration, but they are at the
very top of the list. I love what they do and how original they are. They are themselves
and I respect that tremendously.
I now do a lot of home recording in my
spare room studio in my house apartment. I occasionally work in Toronto at Rip Off Records
doing rhythm programming on a Akai MPC 3000 and on a Emu sp12. My friends own that studio
and I help them a great deal when I can get free from my Nintendo job as a lead artist.
I have the usual suspects; tr 909, Juno
106, D 50/ PG 1000, tr 606, tr 55, DR 202, Casio SK 1, SH 101 and a Yamaha MD 8 Mini Data
Disk Recorder. I am currently trying to finish my own pile of songs for a release in the
next year. My musical outlet is called TOWNLINE. It mostly just myself and some friends
who lend a hand with ideas and recording.
808 Dream: To finally send Graham Massey
some recordings of my tunes and get a good response from them. Who knows..............?
Graham, do you accept DAT Tapes?
Keep listening to the feeling that is 808!
Saint Etienne, New Order / Electronic, Pet Shop Boys, The Orb, Meat Beat
Manifesto, Orbital, Daniel Lanois, FSOL, A Guy Called Gerald, Underworld, AFX Twin,
Weather Report, Kraftwerk, YMO, All Seeing Eye, Andrew Weatherall, Tomita, The Gentle
People, I Could Go on...
Labels I like / liked...
Suburban Base and Moving Shadow old Jungle records, Yellow Records, Reflex,
Factory, Chicago Records, Z.T.T.