The NO PART OF IT Interview series was a strain of questions sent to a number of different people between February and March 2019. Each entry was scheduled chronologically to be thrust upon the world on a monthly basis since then. Each individual is introduced informally as if they were being discussed at a bar.
Scheduled in March 2019
I wonder how many people will read this having not heard of dave phillips. I started this series of "interviews" partly wanting to pick the brains of a number of people whose work I do not fully have at hand. In dp's case, I have heard/bought quite a lot of it, he is very prolific, and interviewed him once before already, but I would add that he is still one of the foremost and distinctive noise artists in the history of the genre. I'm not necessarily speaking in terms of popularity, but the most innovative, yet utilitarian approach to the totally open-ended idea of being able to do whatever one wants with recordings. At times it is as raw and primal as it is classical and precise, transcending simple "fluxus" or "avant-garde" appelations. His work is a genuine mythos of its own. With that, at the risk of saying something less articulate than I have in the past, I'll just add a quote from the previous interview:
When I saw him perform twice last year (2011), both sets were distinctly different, but both succeeded in affecting a certain aboriginal feeling in my body, by way of subsonic frequencies or animal instincts or what-have-you, and bypassed my natural inclination to be turned off by what I would normally call sanctimonious presentations in a performance context. One set consisted of several layers of untreated insect field recordings, like a choir that was conducted into an exhilarating sort of Eno-esque hum. Dave passed around infosheets that expounded upon the importance of bugs in the entire scheme of our food chain, and sat barefoot Indian style.
The second set was even more visceral, a video montage of animals being skinned alive, a live wolf getting its leg hacked off and its head stomped into mush, or a dead monkey with the word “CRAP” carved into its forehead occupied the screen alongside messages like “errare humanum est” or “the self some imagine surviving death is a phantom even in life”. Walking around with a mask on, breathing into remote loop pedals, and triggering various sounds of animals screaming over string samples, Phillips chiseled together a dizzying miasma of tragically unnecessary pain, graphically unrelenting death, and the intrinsically cruel nature of human condition, who in its “civilized” state, refuses to tend to the ugly corners of reality. It was still the most effective exhibition I have ever seen, and I think that Dave Phillips will be remembered as a shining example of someone who transcended academic circles and noise or music scenes alike.
1. What types of things have you been getting into lately?
2. What you do, do you do it as an artist, or is it a hobby?
3. How would you describe what you do?
4. How would you describe your creative progression over the years, in a brief synopsis?
5. How would you describe your philosophy?
6. Do you believe in psychics, magic, ghosts, or gods?
7. What would you say was your most definitive experience?
8. Do you have any side projects that I am not aware of? If not, what is something you'd like people to know about you, that you don't think anyone would ever ask?
9. Would you care to name any theoretical "desert island" records, or at least releases that you think are approaching your concept of "perfect"?
10. What is the earliest childhood memory you can (or are willing to) recall?
11. Are you able to appreciate other peoples' creative work regardless of their personal shortcomings or inherent flaws? To what extent?
12. Do you have any heroes or heroines? Who are they? Feel free to add anything that makes them stand out.
this can change every week. last sunday it was tiny tim was (not for the first time) during many hours in the kitchen drinking wine and preparing vietnamese spring rolls with my partner. early this year it's been greta thunberg.other than that i've always had a soft spot for people who stand up for and fight for their beliefs and prioritise this fight more than their personal well-being, their comfort or safety, especially in defence of animals, the environment and human rights.
13. What would you like to have on your epitaph? Or what is your favorite quote?