Interviews

Somojo Magazine
updated: 9 Dec 2010

Somojo: Would you mind introducing yourself and telling us what instruments you play?

Pixieguts: I’m a vocalist in Queensland Australia making music with electronic artists around the world through audio file-sharing in cyberspace. I sing, record, cut, sample and assemble my voice with instrumental mixes, at various levels of production involvement, depending on the project. Final mixes are done by producers, and sometimes mastering. Many final masters are done for me by Dj Crimson Death in Toronto.

How long has the current band line up been together?

I sing with many different instrumental artists in electronic styles. It’s been ongoing collaboration for 2-3 years with Paul Foster in Cardiff (our duo is Cwtch); Dj Sid in San Francsico (our duo is PIXSID); a lot of collaboration with Voide (Stockholm) including on our electronic music podcast; many remixes by Adrian Carter (Sheffield); collaborating in life and music with Titee (Australia); and Crimson and I have also released an EP. Lots of single tracks with different artists and remixes. We are an open and free floating group of musicians on the net.

How did you get to meet each other?

Only met a few collaborators in person. Jim Robson, who makes ambient synthpop, is not too far from where I live here in Queensland Australia. Melbourne grunge/alternative artist The Peach Tree is a long time net cohort who I caught up with on a couple of visits to my old home town. Otherwise the music is all happening on the internet.

What music did you listen to while growing up?

Very eclectic! Old country, classical, Elvis, church music, film music, disco, pop on the radio, live indie rock in Melbourne, experimental, folk.

Are you self taught or did you have lessons?

I did a year or two of classical voice training a long time ago, the rest is exploration.

Did you always want to be in a band when you were growing up?

I was more into dancing and wanted to be an astronaut in my spare time! But from an early age people liked the sound of my voice and I loved singing. I performed on radio and at shows as a child, often with my dad who was a country singer-songwriter.

Do you record at a purpose built studio or do you record at home with portable digital equipment?

I have a stand up workstation with a condenser mike and MBox and use Pro Tools and Sound Forge. Some of the producers I work with have professional studio setups, some work basic. Hi-fi and low-fi make ace sounds.

When’s the new album released, how long has it taken?

The digital album to be released in the new year is a new compilation of tracks with my vocals produced by various artists. This will be the 4th compilation album from me. I’m still putting the order of the tracks together and it doesn’t have a title yet. It will be a song soundscape building from experimental pop and acid jazz to disco, trance and industrial with chillzones in between. It’s a selection of songs completed in the last year or so.

Any new recordings planned?

There’s music happening all the time.

Who are the main song writers for the band?

Most lyrics are mine but increasingly I am singing to writing by poets I am meeting on the net. Completed tracks include writing from Andrei Masliev, TRavvy, Nita Disaster, Isabel Lavender and others. Sometimes the music producers write the first lyrics and I add or rearrange them. Sometimes it’s the reverse where my voice phrases and lyrics are rearranged by producers.

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?

Everything comes from the heart and soul but I work in a mostly improvisational way at the time of recording and sing on the spot about anything that’s in my mind or that the music suggests to me. When working with poetry I sing phrases all out of order spontaneously using text rearrangement techniques. I love playing like this! This leads to an impressionistic quality. For a long time I have been drawn to dreams and the unconscious in everyday life.

Who are your favorite song writers?

Classic songwriters, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell are way up there.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?

Anywhere, especially where I could meet my collaborators for real. Maybe Canada, UK, USA, Sweden, Russia and Italy. Now that I think of it, I’d also especially love to visit Norway, Finland and Denmark!

How do you promote your music and get your music to new fans?

Lots of places on the web like Bandcamp, Twitter, Last.fm, Reverbnation, my mailing list – and Somojo. Also radio and podcasting.

Do you think such sites are good for independent and unsigned artists?

They have made a whole new world of music making and listening possible, beware the addiction!

Would you sign with a major record company?

Maybe if they were very nice. =)

How did you come up with the name?

It’s a nickname a close friend gave me. I love the earth and imagination; I’m sensitive with guts.

What would you call your style of music?

Eclectic vocal electronica. Trip house alternative. Top tags at Last.fm: electronica, idm, triphop, trance, alternative.

Where can you see yourself in ten years?

Making music more wondrous than now.

What are your day jobs if you have one?

Been an artist of one kind or another all my life, working various jobs like: shift manager at an art cinema; legal word processing; freelance work in film production, exhibition and education. And I do vocal commissions for electronic music producers, like a net-based session singer.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?

A few music videos.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Viva electronica!

Selected releases

PIXSID – Atoms Apart (album) duo with Dj Sid-the Apocalypze
Cwtch – be.ep (EP) duo with Dementio13
Crimson Death vs. Pixieguts (EP)
Voide – Red Turns To Blue (album) Pix vocals on 4 tracks
Max Waves – Music for Microworlds (EP) Pix vocals on 2 tracks
Pixieguts – immaterial (album) Pix vocals in songs with various artists

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Electrical Language podcast interview with Pixieguts

Ive Been Funked magazine feature about PIXSID

Solipsistic Nation podcast feature about Pixicast

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