Interview with

Miles Whittaker / Demdike Stare

Demdike Stare is a collaboration between Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker, two childhood friends from the North of England with voracious appetites for record collecting. After years spent mining vinyl bins for source material, the pair started working in earnest back in 2008, re-appropriating sounds they had spent a lifetime cataloguing into weird and immersive music of their own. Demdike have so far produced a trio of albums (Symbiosis, Tryptych and Elemental) loosely themed around the occult and the rich heritage of Library music, while a number of intriguing mixtapes released over the last couple of years have indicated that the project is headed in new and unexpected directions.

Facts

Don’t hate what you don’t understand .
Fear is the mind killer.
Time waits for no man

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Music!

How and when did you get into making music?
It’s not interesting!

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
It’s not possible to make such a statement, it changes with the wind,
Here is what todays wind blows:
Egisto Macchi – I Futuribili
Ian Carr and Don Rendell Quintet – Phase III
Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
Conjoint – Conjoint
Wolfgang Dauner – Output

What do you associate with Berlin?
Home…I (Miles) live there.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
West Berlin Coffee shop, Cat-on-Bike, Tempelhof flughafen.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Make some music!

What was the last record you bought?
http://www.discogs.com/Luigi-Nono-A-Carlo-Scarpa-A-Pierre-Guai-Ai-Gelidi-Mostri/release/559807

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Egisto Macchi (August 4, 1928 – August 8, 1992)

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a performer, the next gig. As spectator, any show that challenges, (pre-conceptions, the norm, the audience).

How important is technology to your creative process?
Very important, it’s a major factor of the evolution of music.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?

Our Favourites: Forest Of Evil (Dawn) | Frontin | 40 Years Under The Cosh
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