Moments of nostalgia peek through late nights as we sit alone drinking wine and listening to music. I cannot explain to you how many times this has occurred. Tonight I sip my wine and put together a question and answer with French’s Perkin Warbek. Below you shall learn more about his personality and style as we prepare to release his latest musical endeavor “VIDE / 1983” on c25 cassettes. Here is what I had to ask:
ihaa: We are extremely excited to be part of VIDE / 1983. Can you explain the process for recording this album and what equipment you used?
Perkin Warbek: Excitement is all shared. Over the past 5 years I have been tryin different processes. I clearly remember recording my first songs and mixtapes on Soundforge plus two turntables and a mpc2000. I have never considered myself as an artist or whatsoever. I just simply believe that recording a few tracks or blending tunes to tell a story, expressing your own feelings worth a thousand words. The first mixtape that I released was in fact following a pretty harsh personal period that I was living. I then tried to tell in my own words on ” Pensée Courante” and ” L’anathème d’une bicyclette” what that girl meant to me. What she did to me and how she finally got over with it thanks to the love and support of my dearest friends and family. I ‘m now using new tools such as Ableton live and a bunch of old gear ….Let’s say that recording music has to remain the result of an accident to me. This unexpected collusion of layers, effects, human voices or natural sounds can sometimes create beauty. But don’t get me wrong , I have never believed I could give life to anything new. To get back on the way I recorded this mixtape, well it’s pretty simple…I recently spent the last 6 months listening to ambient / drone/ weird stuff as some of my students say…these are the lonly songs that sounded the way i felt at that peticuliar moment. I wasn’t trying to be more elitist than the rest of other djs here tho. I became congiziant of the fact that the emptiness of my life and the noise that I was listening to from the streets made me feel awkward, ill-at -ease sort of. Like I wasn’t part of it.
ihaa: The moniker Perkin Warbek is fairly new for you, as you shed the Aaron3000 name. What led to the decision of this name change and how are you influenced by your namesake Perkin Warbek of the 1400s?
Perkin Warbek: Back in the days I used to play in different spots, fumbling over sounds that rhyme….but for nothing really. I just spent years spinning records being considered as someone elitist. I quite remember playing for artistic events where people supposedly keen on new trends preventing me from playing ” cuz’ way too far from people’s needs “. Culture is something you need to live. Providing ways to help people better undertand a culture, feelings is what I’ d die for. Aaron3000 was a moniker I used to mock all of these phony djs that were blossoming. As you know Perkin Warbeck is an impostor that tried to overthrow Henry VII by pretending to be Richard of Schrewsbury allegedly killed by his uncle in the tower of London. Besides the historical aspect, I chose that moniker to embody the lack of creativity that drags our society down. I’ve noticed that my Country is just full of people pretending to be people they weren’t actually. By chosing it, in tongue in cheek kind of way, I tried to show their hypocriticism.
ihaa: How has your culture shaped who you are as a person?
Perkin Warbek: Mainly thanks to the strong women I used to know.My mother. My girlfriend. My sister in law. Some of my friends too. Culture has to be shaped on encounters mostly. I started to embrace HipHop culture as a young boy growing up in a little Town near Paris trying to copy what I used to watch on MTV and other stupid channels that we could have in France… then switched to others cuz the way Hiphop was changing was such a U turn to me. To make a long story short, I’ve been always attracted by the role of women throughout the years. Maya Deren and its surrealistic approach of documentaries, Bunuel, Radiohead cryptic songs, Diamanda Galas, Sun Ra, the french Nouvelle Vague as well as the Polish one….What remains the mainstay in my recording process I must admit is the reminder of the Painting classes on Pre Raphaelitism I attended at school. I wouldn’t say that most of these paintings would depict Women in the most beautiful way ever but that was a first step. And like everyboy else …well I’m still learning from others.
ihaa: What has influenced you to record music and manipulate sound?
Perkin Warbek: I could juste give a 1, 000 name list that would just do. Guillermo Scott Heren, Thom Yorke, Sun Ra and Meredith Monk have been such great influences. I could also have included movies from the 60’s and 70’s …..or Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson Poetry…the Beat Movement…..That’s just a matter of feelings. Which is the hardest thing to describe really especially in a musical process. But I do consider that each music is worth remembering as long as you can feel something. I am so grateful for finding people like Justin Bieler , Julia La dense , Lori Scacco and Nico Turner who showed me the way to be more self confident. I mostly spent my first years recording tracks or blending tracks as a result of depression. I’m feeling now more confident in my way to understand the world in which I live and can come up with new Ideas I wouldn’t have dare to release years before.Let’s say they are more likely to be optimistic ones. Fingers crossed.
ihaa: How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?
This is one the things I ve been struggling to fight against. I’m a bit pessimistic and think that there’s no way out.Even if I’m working for the finest label on Earth which has a true respect for the artists / musicians / djs they recruit and which shares a common way of thought towards music and culture more generally. People keep telling me that we ‘re all gonna be fine afterwards. I guess it’s up to us to share and raise our chidren in the most beautiful way ever to give them the weapons they need to go up against the leaders of tis world. That’s what Benjamin Segura tried to depict by chosing the pictures he took for this new cassette. He is the only photographer I know who has understood the gloomy yet meaningfull part of the songs I kept talking about. I remember rattling tracks off and this block was still paying attention…as if he was convinced that both of our approaches could match. And they did actually.He is someone you definitely shoud follow you guys.
I’d like to thank : Justin Bieler, Julia La Dense, Lori Scacco, Melanie Simon, Sophie Simon, Albane Simon, Benjamin Segura, Charlene Drouel, Jenny Tournier, Arnaud Schipper, Family and Friends, Ihadanaccident records, Sylvain Beunat.I’d like also to thank : Nicolas Bourbaki, my boy Rubio, Besides Records, Hannah O’ Farrel, Frederyk Dutent, Dounia Riahi.
Be sure to catch his latest release now: http://ihadanaccident.bandcamp.com/album/vide-1983