Articles by Dan Salter
When not writing a PhD thesis on ukelele players, or creating weird and wonderful twitter bots, Emma Winston makes hauntingly beautiful electronic pop music under the moniker Deerful. Today marks the release of Tell Me I Can Fix This On My Own, an album made entirely using coding language ixi lang. Hannah Morgan caught up with Emma to find out exactly what that means.
Regular visitors to these pages will be aware we’ve been banging on about the brilliance of Israel’s Tiny Fingers for well over a year now, so we were very excited when they got added to the bill for this year’s ArcTangent Festival. Shortly after their set they sat down for a chat with Hannah & I. By Dan Salter
We sat down with the guys from Talons a few hours prior to them taking to the main stage at ArcTangent to talk about new albums and the problems of writing as a geographically disbursed band. By Dan & Hannah
Polymath were one of the craziest, funniest bands to play ArcTanGent 2015, so, naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to talk inflatable bananas and new releases with them. Hannah & Dan with the questions.
“As the nights begin to draw in, as tents are put away for the winter, and jumpers are fished out from the backs of closets, my taste in music inextricably, inevitably, shifts. The music I seek out at this time of year is different to the music I seek out in the Summer. ” Hannah Morgan talks how the changing seasons change her music listening habits.
On a very damp Saturday afternoon at ArcTangent we ambush interviewed Rory and Sam from festival first timers Eschar.
“Everything is being cut – front line services, institutions. So you have to find ways to force debate; it’s much easier not to, but someone needs to start the conversation. If you actually sit down and think about the destruction, it’s fairly inhuman, it’s fairly indecent. And it takes a lot, well, it takes a Tory really, to argue for them. ” Hannah Morgan talks politics and genres with 65Daysofstatic at Arctanget
Waking Aida have a new album on the cards – Full Heal – which has been produced by Jamie from Maybeshewill and is coming out on Robot Needs Home Recordings on 25th September. We took some time out at this year’s ArcTangent Festival to talk to both bands. By Hannah Morgan
I think it’s fair to say that we love the ArcTanGent line-up with wild abandon, every single year. But given completely free reign over the booking process (as unlikely as that is to ever happen!) which bands would be absolutely must-haves?
“THERES JUST SOOOOO MUCH OF IT. Its hard to specifically point out who will be the most exciting to see as there’s literally a metric fuck tonne of good stuff on hand to check out. Cleft, The Fierce and the Dead, Body Hound, AMTP, Vodun, Vasa, OHHMS, Vennart, Dillinger, Deerhoof, aaaaargh TOO MUCH. I reckon there’s going to be a lot of running between stages this year. Knowing more people who are attending this year and getting to hang out with them all more. Last year was a bit of a getting to know you thing, this year we’ll be jumping straight in to the good times.” – Nick, Trojan Horse
As ever, ArcTanGent are spoiling us with silent discos curated by an astounding array of awesome bands, this year featuring You Slut!, Rolo Tomassi & Brontide, Maybeshewill, Talons, Artscare DJs and Delta Sleep & Axes. But what would the bands we spoke to play if they got their hands on the controls?
Polymath – Do you have a back up plan if everything breaks whilst you’re playing? Vasa – Don’t say that. The fear will be there all festival.
We ask band members for their tips on how to make your ArcTanGent experience an awesome one. “DO: Make new friends. The amount of sound people I met there last year, from bands, fans, and various other weirdos last year. Its nice to share the good times with new people!” – Polymath “Don’t: forget to be respectful and thankful to the people who are helping run the event, they’re working so you can have the time of your life.” – Trojan Horse
Dear ATG genie, I would like the following wishes to be granted and your next convenience: – Battles to headline (with their original line up) – Showers for everyone (we’re playing Wyrd out festival on Sunday in London after the festival this year and we are going to stink the place up!) – Steve Vai to join us on stage to rip a guitar solo, but promptly gets bottled off stage before he even gets a chance to switch his soloing fan on. Yours, Cleft
“They let us reprobates play this year…..seems like a valid enough reason to us.” As part of today’s ongoing ArcTanGent takeover, we asked some of our favourite bands to name the five things they love most about this wonderful festival.
For the first installment of today’s ArcTanGent takeover, John from Maybeshewill had a chat with Goc and James from the ATG Crew about the realities of running a festival, the ideals behind ArcTanGent, and plans for the future (ATG USA, anyone?!)
This month saw Her Name Is Calla celebrate a decade as a band. Ten years at the coal face of being an independent band in the twenty first century is a mighty achievement so it seemed like a good time to take a moment to step back and appreciate one of the finest bands this country has produced in that decade. By Dan Salter
As you’re probably aware by now, we’re huge fans of this wonderful festival and its passionate, dedicated organisers, so we thought we’d let them loose on our site for a day! Over the course of the day we’ll be publishing interviews with some of our favourite bands on the line-up, as well as their tips for making your ATG experience a great one. In the meantime, sit back, crank the volume and let our ATG Playlist invade your ears. And So I Watch You From The Bar – an ArcTanGent mix for 2015 by Echoesanddust on Mixcloud
“It was definitely an emotional response to the election – fuck this, I’m going to write loads of political songs, and we’re going to go out and play them, and we’re going to fight -and I stand by that sentiment, but the reality of announcing an album with a release date four weeks later..well. I bit off the absolute amount that I could chew, and I didn’t choke, but there were moments when I thought that could have been a possibility”.Hannah talks to Grace Petrie about her new album.
The internet is great, in the most part, but with all major technological revolutions, comes widespread social change. Within 20 years, it is predicted that 10 million UK jobs will be replaced by machines, using an internet interface. The evidence is already there, on the highstreet and in my own industry. Commercial enterprise will either evolve or collapse (and get bailed out by the government at our expense) yet the human cost is hard to establish, but I imagine it to be as complex as our species. – by Sam Duckworth
Just as we lament the fact that the kids of today rarely get the opportunity to spend an afternoon aimlessly browsing through the racks of their local record store, so too will we lament the fact that the kids of tomorrow won’t get the opportunity to lose themselves amongst 50-60 sweaty, joyous bodies crammed into a local venue watching a band play their heart out. Without small venues we obviously wouldn’t have the bands who now play stadiums, but I don’t even think we’d have the music fans who buy tickets for their shows. by Hannah Morgan