"..stuck in-between found sounds, white noise, and classically trained experimental sound.."
Musicforvoyeurs began on morphine and crutches, when a bad winter got worse. After the death of his girlfriend, Rick ended up in hospital himself. As he learned how to walk again, Rick taught himself the piano and found his old guitars from a lifetime ago, something to get him through a lonely London winter. Awake all night, he found comfort in the lost souls of a darkened world where no one sleeps.
Hello, how are you?
Angry – I’ve just been on the Tube..
What are you currently listening to?
The neighbors squealing
Is there a story behind the band name?
I didn’t think there was at first – it seemed to just pop up in my mind but if I worked my way backwards, from the music to the name, then I suppose that is what I am – a voyeur. I’m not a pervert with a pair of binoculars and a ladder, but I’ve always felt I’m perched on the outside of things; life, feelings, existence, just bitterly looking on. Lots of my music is built on snippets of sounds and voices that I sneakily record - snatches of conversation in the street, on the bus, announcements, animals howling, so yes, I'm a voyeur.
Care to shed some light on your EICV7"; theme, favorite track(s), etc?
My favourite track has to be "Colliding Lovers", the first time I've ever collaborated with anyone online/across the Atlantic. Being asked to work with Docile was quite daunting - we'd never spoken, and, despite my hugely impressive fame, we had no idea who the other one was. It was a challenge, a positive experience, sending ideas back and forth, giving me ideas I'd not thought of before. It made a change not working in a vacuum.
Do you play live shows and what do they consist of? OR (assuming you don't play live shows) What would be the most ideal way to display your music in a live setting?
I haven’t played this project live yet – my stage days came to an end with my old band Gent. We were thrown out of a few venues partly due to my inability to restrain myself when free drinks were an offer and the singer’s fondness for taking his knickers off. An ideal way of sharing my music live would be in a large bed with flickering lights, a can of cider and unknown drugs.
Got any other projects we should know about?
The more chaotic, unpleasant side of me emerges in the discordant racket of I Am A Man With A St Tropez Tan – you won’t hear any pianos or strings there, just lots of loops, effect pedals, feedback and screams at three in the morning. I’m also trying to find a publisher for my new novel about an Englishman lost in Thailand who then loses his old chap, rewriting a Victorian novel of mine and trying to organise a photography exhibition of my time with Burmese refugees.
What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
A very sad English film titled 'Venus' with Peter O’Toole, particularly the final scenes.
You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Instinctively I should say 'Pornography', 'Wish' or 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' by The Cure, but seeing as they’re all subconsciously linked with years of memories, that would confuse things for my future life. I suppose it depends how long I’ve got left – 'The Blue Notebooks' by Max Richter or 'On Your Side' by Magnet if it was a matter of days, but any longer and the sadness would be too much. If I’m hanging around for more than a week, I’ll ask for 'A Weekend In The City' by Bloc Party, the perfect combination of feral energy and melancholy mournfulness.
Are you living your dream?
Let’s swap lives for a fortnight and you tell me.
Musicforvoyeurs will be releasing EICV7" No. 50 tomorrow right here on EverythingIsChemical..!