Interviews: MARTIN BISI and FEAR WITHOUT REASO…

What were your highlights of 2017?

(Zaz – vocals) Putting the first single out under this line up, Monica. And also playing the Slade rooms as the first gig with this line up, that was such a great night.

What are your goals for 2018?

(Z) We want to finish the year strong with more gigs, we’re all booked up, we want to record a new song before the end of the year and into 2019 work on getting the video done and putting that out. After that I think we’re going to write an EP.

Which new bands/artists would you recommend in 2018?

(Z) Glory Fades, and Fear Without Reason!

What was the band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a musician?

(Ste – guitar) For me it’s the Offspring, I wanted to be Dexter Holland … and now I don’t but it got me into rock music.

(Z) I would say Kurt Cobain, the first album i ever bought was In Utero.

(S) First album I ever bought might have been Scatman John?

(Phil – Bass) I grew up listening to my dad’s record collection so just all of that – T Rex / Thin Lizzy that kind of stuff.

(Andy – Drums) Can I say Westlife?

(Rich – Guitar) First song I learned on guitar was Hanson – Mmmbop!

1. As we begin 2018 what were your highlights of 2017?

Martin Bisi – 2017 was mostly about finishing records that would be put out in 2018. I put off touring for the year to do this, which felt good as these records had backlogged.

The monster BC35 album (35 yr anniversary of BC Studio Brooklyn) was completed, as well my next personal record, The Solstice to come out this Fall.

2. What are your goals for 2018?

MB – Volume 2 of BC35 will come out in February.

I’ll also release a series of ambient recordings, with my collaborator Genevieve Fernworthy from events at BC Studio she hosted on full moons -the project is called The Lunary.

3. Which new bands/artists would you recommend in 2018?

MB – Two new bands I’ve been recording, ESSi and Upper Wilds which will come out on Thrill Jockey records.

4. What was the band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a Musician?

MB – The first instrument i was interested in was drums, and that was inspired by some Prog drummers of the time (late 70’s), like Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) and Alan White (Yes).

I later picked up guitar (and stuck with it), after I’d already been a recording engineer for several years. And that was very influenced by avant-gardist Fred Frith, and Sonic Youth (who were my clients), in the rock realm.