16 April 2012

Fresh Meat Monday - Machines In Heaven

Would you care to introduce yourself?  

We are; Brian Docherty (producer/arranger), Dave Gillies (bass/keyboard/vocals), Edd Crawley (percussion), Graham Crossan (guitar/vocals/writer), Greg Hurst (keyboard/live programming/producer), Greig Stewart (live programming/visuals) & Vic Firth (bass/guitar/keyboard/percussion/vocals).

How would you describe the music you make?  

We make dense, multilayered, melodic, emotional electronic music. We're calling it 'Power-ambient Electronica'.

How did you start out making music?  

Fortunately we're all naturally gifted musicians & songwriters, so we picked up different instruments & styles along the way, but, Machines in Heaven grew out of one of Dave & Graham's previous projects, the multi-genre experiment 'The Great I Am'. The electronic tracks we'd made with Miaoux Miaoux were so satisfying that a run of inspiration followed & we realized that, when done properly, electronic-based music is the broadest canvas there is musically, with lots of room for emotional impact.

What process goes into the way you write songs?  

The music for the forthcoming album was all written on the guitar by Graham, then taken to producers Brian Docherty & Greg Hurst. Graham knows what the melodies, basslines & beats are, & then tries to describe sounds he wants to Brian & Greg. This leads to many happy accidents & often the track can go in a much different direction than originally intended. The best idea or accident stays, which is why we're also going to jam a lot more from now on.

What can people expect from your live shows?  

Most importantly, we intend that people who see us play live will go through an intense emotional experience from just hearing the music alone, but we'll be planning on interesting visuals, instrument swapping, & making it a night for dancing too.

What are you all listening to at the moment?  

We're listening to Little Dragon, Burial's new EP, 60s soul, various classical pieces, epic movie soundtracks, If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now, Profisee, lots from the Black Lantern label, United Fruit, Goat Doctor, Sleepy Party People, Rustie, & we've always had a soft spot for Miaoux Miaoux of course.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?

 We're working on a wee homemade video for YouTube, & we're finishing off the album. We've got an album preview/launch night in a few months tba with amazing support acts you'll have definitely heard of.. also, it looks like we could be playing some tasty support slots, & people at some of our favourite labels are into our stuff, so, we're working with that in mind too.

Machines In Heaven - Mumbo Jingo


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