The UK-based producer speaks to us about his new album on Warp ahead of playing electronic festival Bloc this year
Set to play the massive annual Bloc Festival this July, iconic electronic producer Clark returns with his new album, 'Iradelphic', out now on Warp Records as an indication of his personal progression in sound exploration. Wanting to reset his creativity and musical mood, Clark moved away from his usual computer software to work on live instrumentation as can be heard on the new album, working on vocal collaborations with the likes of singer Martina Topley-Bird (known for her work with Massive Attack).
My production process is entirely dependent on what is at hand. I don't use purely "electronic" tools. I don't see myself as an electronic musician, even
Dazed Digital: Having made music for so long, what have been the greatest changes to your production process, and the factors that influence your own music?
Clark: It's an impossible, dog chasing its tail question to work out what influences you. It's like trying to touch the tip of your left thumb with... the tip of your left thumb. My production process is entirely dependent on what is at hand.
I don't use purely "electronic" tools. I don't see myself as an electronic musician, even. I think you can have a huge range of heterogenous production on a record, but it has to be filtered and structured with some unity in mind. My records, since Body Riddle have always had a unity, and sense of narrative between tracks. It's something I really strive for, it's funny that people see it as restless, I feel like Iradelphic plays as one long track, more then anything I've ever done, really. It's subtle though, it's designed for repeat listens.
DD: You described your album as 'complete' - did you set out to do that or was that an unintentional result?
Clark: I think it's always the subconscious intention, but on a conscious level, well a lot of it is made searching around in the dark for things that resonate. I think this makes it much more exciting. Nothing is a discovery if it can't stand out against the darkness. It's great to be surprised, there were quite a few "Eureka" moments on this record. I didn't expect it to turn out the way it did.
DD: What are you listening to in your own time as of late?
Clark: I've been really digging going back to my old Sun Ra records for these radio mixes. Also the early Ed Rush/No U Turn drum and bass gear. I never seem to get tired of it... although it's best in short sharp bursts. M83 has done a few tracks I love to pieces as well. I totally don't get some of it, but when he nails it then all other critical faculties go out of the window and it's some of the best music ever.
DD: Best gig you've played so far?
Clark: Paris, last week, was the best gig I ever played, so much fun and it really felt like a step up from my past shows. But you can never tell with gigs... in someways when you raise the bar for yourself it makes it more frightening. Everything has to live up to that new standard. Fucksticks.