Sunday, 26 October 2014


CLASSIFY THIS !

We had a hard time thinking of an introduction suitable
for what you are about to experience here...
today...

ŽOAMBO ŽOET WORKESTRAO
(Jumbo Jet Orchestra)
is a cult band from Slovenia that's been active on the scene
 for more than two decades...


Current lineup is: 
Ivo Poderžaj – bass & vocals; Marjan Stanić – drums; Gregor Belušič – guitar & vocals;
Andrej Fon – sax, keyboard, zurla;  Aldo Ivančić – effects, sound.
Let's play two tracks from their latest album  Soap for Sweatshops 
 while we read what Ivo Poderžaj had to say about their work...





You’re a band with a long history, did you ever think of giving up?
YES, WE HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT SINCE 2004.

Your music is interesting to say the least. How do you get inspired, how do you build your music ideas?
A) TO QUOTE HARRY DEN HARTOG, WE "DO NOT BELIEVE IN INSPIRATION". MUSIC IS A PRODUCT OF THE BRAIN MUSCLE WHICH NEEDS TO BE WORKED FOR SOMETHING TO COME OUT OF IT. 
 WE LIKE THINKING ABOUT MUSIC, OTHER ARTS, SOCIAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS, SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS, COOKING, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DIARRHEA, PERSONAL IMBALANCES AND BALANCES ETC. 
B) WE USUALLY BRING TO COMPOSING SESSIONS OUR "PRIVATE" SEGMENTS, IMAGES, TUNES, RIFFS, SOUNDS OR ERUCTATION AND THEN WORK ON THEM COLLECTIVELY.

Give us a memorable episode from one of your shows.
OUR PERFORMANCE IS RARELY A SHOW. MORE OFTEN IT RESEMBLES A CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTINO. BUT EXTATIC METALHEADS HAVE THROWN THEIR OWN SHOES ONTO THE STAGE, 
OUT OF SHEER ENJOYMENT WITH OUR EXPERTISE, I'D IMAGINE.

Are you just having a good time or is there a deeper meaning to your work?
YOU CAN NOT SOLELY HAVE GOOD TIME DOING ONE THING FOR 22 YEARS. 
THERE MUST BE SOMETHING DEEP IN THIS SHIT.

Plans for near future?
HMMM, THERE ARE FOUR OF US. 

Message for our viewers?
I DON'T KNOW YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.


If you think we missed something important feel free to ask yourself a question and answer it.
Q: DO YOU THINK THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT CAPITALISTIC EXPLOITATION 
OF THE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT OWN THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION
 BUT ARE HIRED TO SELL THEIR LABOUR-POWER TO THOSE WHO DO? 
A: YES


We hope this intriguing band continues to puzzle the audience and the critics for another two decades...
Instead of a closure we offer a contest:  use the comments box below to classify this band and win a prize!

Alternative, avant-rock, dadaistic hardcore, deconstructive noise, impro punk and
pizza flavoured Prometheus’ liver pâté will be considered as cheating...


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

CATSELF

Today we present you with the extraordinary world of a female singer backslash songwriter
and you will be pleased to know she is coming up with a full legth album any day now...
She had a lot to say about her work so let's get some music going and read about...
Ladies and gentlemen... (drum rolls) ... Catself






How do you get inspired?
 

I am inspired all the time, or almost all the time. It is my natural state. I have songs, melodies, arrangements floating in my head all the time. It feels like they are floating around me and they are everywhere. I just need to catch them and kind of finish them.
It has always been like that. When I was 4, I learnt to read and write and started writing a lot of poems. Some of them were quite spooky. I remember one about an ambulance. I was fascinated by the sound of ambulances and how fast they drove, and thought it deserved a poem, so I wrote it. My parents told me it wasn't nice but I understood already then that they didn't mean the poem was not nice, they just expected the little child to think and write only about happy things. But also sad and difficult things can bring ideas for something beautiful.
At the same time, when I am sad myself, that is the only time when I am not inspired. Some people write a lot of songs when they are feeling down and they find it healing or something. For me it is quite different, when I am having a sad or difficult time, there is no room for creativity. I just want to curl up into a ball and sleep or walk forever. I am very passive creatively then. I had times in my life when I struggled to get work and survive, to find a place to stay etc. It was impossible to be creative then. I wanted to mention it because some people have this idea that being poor, hungry and unhappy is inspiring and good for creativity, and then somehow the conclusion is that keeping artists poor, for example by underpaying them or not paying them at all, is good for them, that it is somehow doing them a service. It is a very untrue and cruel assumption. I can say that the times when I had no money to buy food were completely uncreative. I was walking in the streets, in the snow, and looking for bottles to sell and not writing songs. You can only concentrate on creating when you don't have to worry about such basic things any more.

Describe a distant outdoor location called "happiness"?
 
 
It is not distant and it is not outdoor - you have to have happiness inside you. If you don't have it inside you, nothing external can make you happy. I think happiness comes from freedom and action, from having some kind of goal and the freedom to work towards it. But happiness is also a skill, it has to do with appreciation or even just noticing things, being interested in different things.



Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is too far too look, it is beyond the horizon. I can see about one year ahead and then the Earth bends. So many things happen on the way and you have to adjust your plans. So, I will tell you about next year. I want to finally release my album and tour. I want to tour Britain again. I had my first little tour there last year in May for the first time and it was wonderful, I had such beautiful, magical audiences who listened to every word of every song and sang along and were just so lovely. So I must go there again, this time in June. It's a shame that they drive on the left there because it means I can't go there on my own, it would be too difficult to drive there in a continental car with the steering wheel on the wrong side. So I need to go with someone, otherwise I would go there more often. I also would like to play in Ireland next year.

Use this opportunity to brag about something...

Hmmm... Maybe I can tell you about a few other things I can do besides music. I can drive a snowmobile... and a car, but that is maybe not so exotic, although I am really happy about it. I am a strong hiker, I can walk or ski really long distances and find it very relaxing. I am good at editing texts, especially novels and short stories. This was actually my first job - I edited a book when I was 13 and earned my first guitar.

  Tell us more about your upcoming album...
I am very happy with it! It has been a really big project. I recorded it in Poland together with a great Polish folk band Saint Nicholas Orchestra, who accompanied me on most of the songs and also co-created the arrangements. We made the arrangements in the folk way, by rehearsing together. We recorded in a fantastic studio in Poland - Preisner Studio in Niepołomice nearby Kraków (or Cracow - the most famous Polish city), the studio of the Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. It was a perfect place for recording this music, it has great equipment I could imagine and at the same time it is very cosy and intimate. We worked with a great sound engineer - Tadeusz Mieczkowski, one of the best sound engineers in Poland and a very open-minded person. It turned out really beautifully and the combination of my songs, in English, with lyrics that matter and are a bit like stories, with the lively and colourful sound of Saint Nicholas Orchestra works really great.
I could record this album only thanks to really wonderful people who supported this project online. I raised funds for it on a fundraising site (SellaBand) and really many people helped me by preordering it. Now they have been waiting for this album for a really long time, much longer than it was planned, and I am really grateful for their patience because it is really not easy to release your first album when you want to do it well and you are on your own with this. I want to do it properly because this has been such a big project and so many people's work has gone into it, and the result is really good. So I didn't want to just drop it on Bandcamp and hope that maybe three people will stumble across it. Too much work has gone into it to just do it this way. So it's been taking time, and I am really impatient to release it.

 Did you try to plug in an electric guitar? How did that work out?
I did and last time I did it, it purred. It didn't purr because I am Catself, it purred because the amp is old and in need of repair.

 If you feel we missed something important you can ask yourself a question and reply...

"What time is it, Catself? Shouldn't you go to sleep, you are playing tomorrow and you don't want to be tired?" "Hmmmm.... yes, I suppose you are right, Catself. I should learn to go to bed much earlier, for example at 2 am."

Music idols?

Idol is a big word, I think you mean not only the music but also the person. So that would be for example Jenny Wilson. She made her first solo album completely on her own, she played everything and also recorded and mixed everything on her own in her home studio. I heard it in a record shop where I had just walked in to look around, it was playing, and I just loved it at once and bought the album after hearing only a few seconds of one song. I love the rest of her albums, too. I love her creativity and passion and strength. She recorded her latest album while battling cancer for the second time. There is this courage in her that shows in her music too.

Message for our viewers?

Thank you for reading and for listening, and I hope that some of my songs will make you smile! And welcome to follow me on my profiles (www.catself.com) and you can also sign up for the newsletter on my website if you would like to know when my album is out! I haven't actually yet sent any newsletters, I just want to email people when the album is out because it will be the best way to find out about it.


www.catself.com

And in case your wondering... her favourit fruit is... Grapefruit. 
But she also loves lingonberries and a certain kind of apples, 
and kiwi, banana and blueberry.
 Well, we're not allowed to tell you more...
Top secret code name 'Catself'

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