Dear messrs Anonymous, see my answers below your quotes:
On 2002-07-02 07:48, Anonymous wrote:
"Whilst I do like the new stuff it is the old stuff I listen to. We're talking Gorgeous and before but specially Quadrastate 90 and Excel. They're the tunes that make the hairs on my neck stand up.
Everyone is entitled to their own musical taste. Looking at the more than 30 Regulars pages, I can't recall one person mentioning Gorgeous as their favourite album. Interestingly many name Don Solaris though...
In about every second interview they have given in the past 10 years, 808state have stressed how easy it would have been to make a follow-up record on Pacific, exactly what they didn't want to do.
Have you read Steve Pacific Reefer's excellent interview with Martin Price, he mentions a thing or two about the recording industry...
Now they have gone off into musical f***in obscurity for no reason. They can still write the tunes, they just need to make them easier on the ear sometimes. It is fine to stick 2 fingers up at folk who don't understand you but if they just stick their fingers in their ears then what is the point?
Musical obscurity? Can you explain which tracks you are referring to? I think Demo tracks and State2State Vol2 would hardly qualify as they are, well, unreleased tracks. Which leaves the live tracks. If you are really saying you think 808 are going into musical obscurity based on two or three live tracks (which one half of you haven't even heard), well then I suppose that is your very own opinion...
Educate rather than isolate that's what I say.
808 have always been about educating (again, just dig out interviews). In the early days they educated the indie fans about dance music, now they are educating young kids that there is more to dance music than 4-to-the-floor beats.
Last thing I can't understand is the Spinmasters DJ sets which are a lot more accessable. If that is what Darren and Andy listen to then why not put that across live? To tell you the truth they have not looked interested last times I have seen them. Don't want to say it but are they drifting from Graham.
It's always been like that, the three have entirely different musical tastes (if you want some real musical obscurity, go listen to Darren's Jeep EP). I think it's what keeps the balance.
Tell the geezers to lose the 808state butterfly t-shirts at gigs."
What's your problem, Officer Crabtree?
Finally I quote myself in my report of last year's Dundee gig:
"I hope 808 State will be able to do some dance / rock crossover festivals next year. Festivals usually guarantee a big and enthusiastic audience."
Yes, I agree with Rodders, 808 shouldn't be playing at festivals that are purely dance. 808's music is timeless and hopefully will outlive the trance craze. Having said that, there are plenty of 'back to the old skool' live events, there's a regular one here in Holland that gets 8000+ people, I think 808 would fit in there no problem.