PBR Q and A with Bonar and Tom
It’s been just over a month since you released your critically acclaimed debut album ‘Late Night Party Line’. The reviews have been fantastic and the first single is beingplayed in clubs around the around the world. How does it feel?“Kind of strange really, in a good way! It’s our first album and we started to make itwe really didn’t know if it was even going to get released, so the attention its got hasbeen great” (B)When did you sit down and say “right it’s time to make an album” & how long was theprocess from start to finish? Was it hard to home-in on one hour of music? Werethere any casualties left of the cutting room floor?“About 2-3 months really, we had an intense writing period, 8 hours + a day 5-6 daysa week. So once we were a week or so in things start flowing very quickly. After thatwe stopped and listened to everything through really critically as to what would makethe best album and order , at which point we had to be tough and cut about 4 or 5tracks.” (B)“We’d been talking about writing an album for around two to three years. Timingwise we were totally ready for it – up until that point we’d essentially made EPs andsingles so the thought of creating a long player was exciting. The bulk of writing tookaround six to eight weeks. We didn’t find it particularly hard, more exciting. We bothhave broad taste and similarly our record collections consist a lot of layers so diggingto find influences was fun!For sure there were a few left out. We didn’t count how many we were making, wejust made music until we were happy with the body of work – we then went back andstarted to trim until we found something that made sense to us, and had a coherentbeginning middle and end.” (T)
Bonar – having been involved with 2020 Vision – you know a bit about labels. Howhas it been having the clout of a major label guiding you through this album?“We went to Skint (BMG) with the finished album in order and they were great withthat they saw what we saw in it much like a small independent. Where it has beenreally different is the resources at your disposal to release the record, promotion,press, they scale of things generally is so different like the ability to make greatvideos for the first time. (of which I cant wait for you to all see the vid. for ‘EverythingChanges’).” (B)
You have amassed quite a lot of original PBR material – are you now tempted topresent this in a live format?“It’s something we’ve discussed, and we’re definitely not ruling it out. We always liketo explore new ideas, and it makes total sense being a duo. Ultimately we were DJ’sbefore discovering the production side of things, it comes so naturally to us – wesimply love playing records/music this way!” (T)“We’re looking into it!” (B)
Can you tell us a bit more about this specific track ‘Transfunction’, which is a bit moremechanical than anything else on the record?“With this we were trying to make something more stripped down and raw. Is wasmade up a series of live takes not synced to the computer just using the synths owninternal tempos and we only used two keyboards I think to help keep our optionslimited. Some times in limiting choice can make you more creative.”
What are you plans for 2018? Another album?
“Well, we’re back in the studio already so lets see what happens!” (B)“We’ve back in the studio, however this time we’re aiming to make some moresingles - music designed for the clubs. We started the beginning of the year byremixing a track from the latest Hercules & Love Affair album, and now were going toconcentrate on our own materiel. The goal is to follow up our album with a string ofsingles. We’re totally up for doing more albums, and if things go according to planthere could be more on the horizon, but as we’ve learnt from making this one – youcan’t force these things!” (T)
Generic Gouranga Questions
What was the first record you can remember buying?With my own money ? It was Prince – ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ on cassetteWhat was your first musical composition, edit or remix?As PBR ? It was this:https://www.discogs.com/PBR-StreetGang- Never-Get- Off-The-Boat/release/1215480
10 years ago!!
If you could have the audio stems to any track what would it be?Tough question – probably something like Prince – Sign of the Times, not reallyto remix just to see how it was constructed. Genius..
4. Gouranga is a Harre Krishna mantra meaning ‘be happy’ - where are you most atpeace?When I’m with my Family.
If money was not an option who would play at your wedding or birthday - both liveacts and djs?Stevie Wonder followed by a DJ set from Danny Krivit.
Which musical acts do you feel have not been dealt their fair hand in the annals oftime?There are loads aren’t there .. I could write an essay on some ..From a personal point of view I’ve always thought while they our loved andadmired in our small circle, Crazy P should be a far bigger act than they are, I’venever really understood how they haven’t properly crossed over.
7. What song do you put on when you wake up?I don’t really I listen to music all day so I try to have a little peace in the mornings ifpossible. But this is like a shot of espresso for the senses …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9n02sGMaiU
8. What song do you put on when you go to sleep?I can’t really sleep listening to music, it kind of stimulate s my brain too much.But something this is nice and dreamy for youhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94x4Ezs_OVM9. If you could ask any musician alive or dead one question, what would it be?Prince – Can We listen to what is in ‘The Vault’ please ? ;)
10. We all have our guilty pleasures… What song or Artist is do you play whennobody is around?!There’s lots to be honest but this is something I’ve been listening to todayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNCx7LDv7Ng
12. What musical instrument do you wish you had spent more time mastering?The piano definitely.
1. What was the first record you can remember buying?Duran Duran, ‘A View To A Kill’
2. What was your first musical composition, edit or remix?The first EP we release together was called ‘Never Get Off The Boat’ on Red Music(2008).
3. If you could have the audio stems to any track what would it be?Probably something by The Cure, maybe Lullaby.
4. Gouranga is a Harre Krishna mantra meaning ‘be happy’ - where are you most atpeace?At the moment it’s climbing!
5. If money was not an option who would play at your wedding or birthday - both liveacts and djs?I mix it up with mates and guests – so Crazy P live, with Dave Beer doing a ‘Bez’ onsomething like the triangle. David Byrne/Talking Heads at some point. DJ wise,maybe Harvey could tear in on a massive Harley and do a quick stint, plus Sam(Maxxi Sound system), and maybe Maurice Fulton (although he could wig the guestsout right!)And Micky Flanagan would be propping up the bar telling a few jokes!6. Which musical acts do you feel have not been dealt their fair hand in the annals oftime?
Hmm… we’re really close with Crazy P, they’re all lovely people and amazingmusicians. They’ve obviously had a fair share of success, but I’d love to see themfully crossover!
7. What song do you put on when you wake up?Gil Scott Heron – ‘Willing’
8. What song do you put on when you go to sleep?Anything by Khruangbin
9. If you could ask any musician alive or dead one question, what would it be?To Larry Levan – ‘explain it all?’
10. We all have our guilty pleasures… What song or Artist is do you play whennobody is around?!Colonel Abrams!
12. What musical instrument do you wish you had spent more time mastering?Bass