INTERVIEW FROM PARIS BLOG ‘LIFE IS A BANANA’ -
There are so many electronic producers doing and sharing stuff on the Internet right now. So when one of them really catch your attention, they deserve more than ever that little extra caring and support. As you may guess Lower Spectrum is one of them
Hi, who are you ?
Hello, I am Ned Beckley (LOWER SPECTRUM)
How do you describe your style?
Raw, honest and deep.
Did you always use computers to create music?
No, not always. I like to collect and surround myself with unusual instruments and old synthesizers. Anything that makes a sound i think can go somewhere, fit something or provoke ideas. I built a harp a while ago so I could capture that amazing sound it produces. I bought a charango in Peru whilst I was travelling around South America and i try to keep a zoom mic close to me everywhere i go in case I want to record something in the open. Little things like this always keep me looking for new sounds or ideas to make music.
Where do you think is the best place or state of mind to enjoy your music?
Midnight, with headphones and a clear conscious.
Your tunes always sounds very subtle and polished, are you a big perfectionist when it comes to your work?
Yes. I think you need to be. Once you put something out, you can’t change it. It’s the same with most art forms.
In your « Little Appeal LP », there are a lot more of organic sounds like guitars or horns, are they sampled?
I tend to chop and sample a lot of discarded vinyl from op shop bins or old record stores. I like the idea of recycling sounds that may have been long forgotten and reinterpret them into a new life. A lot of samples were used in Little Appeal as I was traveling around the world when I made it. I only had a laptop and various other tools that constricted me in a good way. I was considerably influenced by the environments i went through and so that could be the organic effect it may have had.
On the other hand you practically never uses vocals. Were you never tempted to sing yourself on some of your tunes?
No. I can’t sing to save my life. It would ruin your ears.
Recently coming from Australia, almost became some sort of a trademark for the electronic artist. Do you see your work fit with the rest of the electro scene out there?
The Australian music scene is really incredible and always pushing boundaries. There are a lot of circles and scenes within the electronic music scene here. I’m not sure if i fit directly into them but i don’t think that’s important. I think it’s important to shape your own style and make your new work better than your last.
If you would have to relocate in another country, which one would you pick?
I would choose Jordan, Amman in the Middle East. They have the best hummus and falafels and the people are so friendly. Not so sure about the electronic music scene there though…
What’s next for you?
Lots of live shows around Australia for the release of my new EP, Traces. Working on remixes, soundtracking some short films and TVC’s, working on new music and collaborations.
I’m also well underway with a new mystery project under a different name I’m pretty excited about.