EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FUNKI PORCINI, February 2010
This interview was conducted by email. James kindly agreed to
answer some questions centered around the new material released in 2010.
Question: What live appearances do you have scheduled?
There are no live events scheduled as I have never attempted to play
live. As it is only me and I am a studio based outfit (i.e. bad
instrumentalist) there would be a distinctly and ghastly fake element
of any live show as much of the material would have to be
prerecorded. This would leave me on stage pretending to twiddle
meaningful knobs in a deep and mysterious way.
Question: What is the idea/concept behind the new material?
What is the story of the new material? What sort of frame of mind
where you in whilst creating it?
PLOD is part of the result of years of musical meanderings during
which time I have had two children and the death of my father. I expect
that music is always an emotional interpretation in some manner and I'm
sure this reflects in what I do, however these are just platitudes. I
have tried to concentrate on making fairly simple things trying to give
them depth without too much pretension. There is not really a concept
behind this album, but I am always open to the interpretations of
Question: How was the new material created (eg Cubase? Live instruments etc)
The music is composed using Logic Audio and anything else that comes to
hand. I play saxophone and keyboards and I have tried to give
certain tracks a more spontaneous and live feel, so lots of takes and
not so much editing.
Question: Who is the intended audience of the new material?
As to the intended audience, I am afraid I do not know. I live in a
fairly isolated place and I do not have many friends who actually
listen to my music, so it is always a surprise to find out who likes
it. I tend to work on ideas that do not bore me. If a track becomes
boring at any point I will throw it away and start something else.
Question: What is the difference between PLOD and the new Ninja Tune album? Why would we want both?
I had wanted to put all this material together as a double album but
Ninja wanted to do take just 10 tracks and so we have done it this way.
I have also wanted to experiment with an independent release in order
to see what sort of response there was. ON will be a selection of 10
tracks from the same pool of music and will be released by Ninja on May
the 4th. As to which is the better record I will have to let the public
decide. I expect they will prefer ON on some days and Plod on others.
Question: What is your opinion on the current state of the music industry, piracy etc?
It is becoming harder and harder to make a living from music. Ten years
ago it was possible to justify setting aside six months in order to
make a record. Now there is a serious likelihood of financial ruin in
doing so. However I will experiment with parking music at
http://funkiporcini.bandcamp.com and see how it all pans out.
Hopefully it will lead to a more creative life.
Question: Are there any collaborations with other artists on the horizon?
I have been making some music for film recently with the writer/
director Tony Grisoni so things are moving along and we will see what
the year brings. There are some singles coming on bandcamp very soon.
Many thanks to James for this interview and to Ninja Tune for their co-operation with me over the years.