Monday, May 19, 2008

Virgo Rising Interview

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First of all I have to ask, are there any productions in the works? An EP, an album?

No, well not at the moment. Just making tracks and seeing where it all ends up basically.


When did you start making music, and how did it all come together? What are the origins of Virgo Rising?

I guess it was mainly a response to the genres of music we were listening to at the time… Cut Copy, The Presets, Midnight Juggernauts etc. I also loved the soundscapes of Brian Eno and Jean Michel Jarre and I still do. For Sean, Sean started playing guitar a while ago, stuff like Cat Stevens and Simon and Garfunkel and moving to more electronic forms was just an exploration of different outlets. We started making music because we believed we could make something different and genuine bringing our individual tastes and preferences along to see what happened.


Where did the name 'Virgo Rising' derive from? Is there an interesting story behind it like a lot of the strange band names you see around these days, or was it just good old fashion brain cells?

Originally it was a response to love, and that romantic failure that turns into experience and nostalgia. More a feeling than any particular reference.


Having recently started playing a few live sets, what are your views on the live vs studio debate? Are you more at home in the studio or on stage?

Having only done two gigs thus far we can’t really compare the two yet. But from what we’ve experienced so far there’s definitely potential for that to become interesting and experimental and a conduit for our ideas. Which the studio has always been and continues to be.


What are the main inspirations for your music? Do you have any other creative influences in terms of art, culture etc?

I guess originally our music was inspired by artists such as Cut Copy, New Order and the Midnight Juggernauts, but has now moved onto more ambient and distant plains. More sound scapes, less clarity and more confusion but underpinned by a conscious melody. Artists like My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno and Jean Michel Jarre. In terms of artists combined we don’t specifically reference anyone, but obviously we have unconscious inspirations from artists/thinkers like Jacques Derrida, Hiro, Anton Corjbin and Jack Kerouac, Dario Argento and David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch. We’re both pretty taken in by what surrounds us, and we know that affects our music.


Where do you hope to be in terms of music production in 5 years time? Do you see Virgo Rising as a long term project or are there other plans outside of music?

Ideally we’d love to have some music out there with people appreciating it and finding something in it. We both take the moment for what it is and don’t really idealise the future too much. We take it very seriously. But it’s more about satisfying ourselves more than anything. Knowing that we can invest people with the same shapes and feelings that have inspired us.


Who are your top 3 favourite artists, and what are your top 3 favourite albums of all time?

That changes every week unfortunately, or fortunately.


Are there any other bands around at the moment that you are particularly interested in (Australian or otherwise)?

Well the ones we’ve mentioned so far. We’re into a lot of mellowed synth and noise at the moment. Bands like Shocking Pinks, Ghostwood, Stereo Total, Sebastien Tellier.


Where is your ideal gig, and who would be the guests of honour? What tracks would you spin?

Christ and a few disciples in a dirty redneck Texan bar, in Siberia. We would play jazz and serve pretzels.


Finally, what should we know about Virgo Rising that we may not have known?

We have an endless supply.



A huge thanks to the guys from Virgo Rising for donating their time to do this interview.

Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/virgohits

Thursday, May 8, 2008