I’ll risk my chance and I’ll say most of you don’t remember them. They are from Manchester but they don’t play guitars. Place of origin is a little horror for these guys – journalists wanted to compare them with typical Manchester sounds. Problem is that they don’t sound like New Order – name that always pops out sooner or later in interviews with them. If it comes to music that is quite hard to define with a couple genres or similliar band names they are one of the firsts. They released their debut album two years ago and it was well acclaimed. They knew its name before they even were sure it’s going to be released. Their first bands were formed from wrong reasons but now they know what’s important in making good tunes. Ladies and Gentlemen… Delphic.
musicis.pl: Rick said that in your previously bands you were making music just to get a record contract what was a wrong reason for it. So what’s the reason or reasons for making music now, when you’re after your well-received debut longplay?
Our reason for making music was always because we loved it and we’re inspired by it. In previous bands, and I think what rick was trying to say, we were more conscious of following trends, trying to make music we hoped other people would like rather than making the music we wanted to, stuff we enjoyed. With delphic we’ve always just tried to make ourselves happy, and even though it’s a somewhat selfish manifesto, it’s very freeing because you’re not worried about what people think. If they like it, great – and if they don’t – we do, so whatever…
musicis.pl: Do you find making music challenging?
Making music is always challenging for us, I think that’s how you know you’re doing something right, or at least something worthwhile. If it’s easy, it’s probably crap, or you’re a genius, which is unlikely – much more likely that you’re just writing uninspired lazy rip-off music. If you’re doing something fresh and different, it’s always going to be difficult, because nobody’s paved the way for you, you have to take chances and potentially (in the case of this album anyway) stare at a blank wall for a long time in the hope that you’ll somehow find a way of breaking through it. When you do eventually break through it, that’s the fun part, and that lasts for about 15 minutes until you hit the next wall. But boy, those 15 minutes…
musicis.pl: Do you you think you’ll ever escape from New Order label?
That’s not for us to decide. Listen to the new album and you can let us know.
musicis.pl: Your new album is ahead, how it’s gonna sound like?
It’s a cover album of famous Manchester-made songs set to acid house.
musicis.pl: What are your inspirations at the moment?
Generally, our inspiration is whatever is popular or mainstream at the moment. We look at that, work out why it is, and then try and do the opposite.
musicis.pl: How was it to work with Tim Goldsworthy?
Working with Tim was great, it was amazing to be talking to the man who’d been behind not just some of our favourite albums, but some of our favourite musical movements in the last 10-15 years. He has impeccable taste, is essentially a walking musical encyclopaedia, and has some wonderful gadgets for a bad back.
musicis.pl: While touring, do you find time to see the place where you are playing or do you only have time to prepare for the concerts?
On tour you have to make an effort to get outside the tour bus/venue cycle, but it’s something we definitely try to do as much as possible. Travelling around the world playing music is a great privilege and we’re incredibly lucky to be given the chance to do it, so we really try to get out there and get the sense of whatever city we are in. It’s inspiring, and a great way to spend the time between soundcheck and concert!
musicis.pl: Rick often says that Delphic doesn’t represent rock’n’roll ideology if it comes to recording or other stuff. Why is it so important?
It’s not necessarily important, just our way of doing things. We’re not a particularly rock’n’roll bunch of guys in the typical sense, and if we tried to be, we’d never get anything done. Unless it’s rock’n’roll to be up working in a fug of anxiety, cables and connectivity issues til 4am most mornings, sober. In that case, we’re extremely rock’n’roll.
musicis.pl: Do you still share apartment? Does it influence your music or any process related to making it?
We no longer share an apartment, which is an excellent thing. However, I do live literally across the hall from Rick, and James lives in the apartment block next door, so the cord hasn’t been completely cut just yet. It’s just the most convenient way of doing things – for instance if someone has an idea at 2 or 3 am they can get the others round to hear it immediately, and we can all get excited together, or tell that person they must’ve been staring too long at the crack in the ceiling. It definitely influences the music, and since we have lived together, and still do so on the road, i guess living closely helps our hive mind to function at maximum efficiency.
musicis.pl: Are you still satisfied with Acolyte or would you change something?
I’m sure there are things we would change, but even before we released it there were things we would’ve changed. That doesn’t mean we’re not proud of it or we don’t think it’s a good album, but the very nature of making a record means you have to stop making it at some point so it can be released. And the very nature of us is to keep twiddling and adjusting, worrying and working on making things sound better to us. Calling time on it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as we would probably have been tweaking bits for years, imperceptible to anyone else’s ears, and it’s good to say: That’s it, done, let’s move on. It’s only by finishing something and putting it to one side that you are really free to do something new and challenge yourself. The rest is just hubris.
musicis.pl: When you were supporting other bands, did you have an ambition to be better than them?
Even before we supported other bands we wanted to be better than them. It’s in our nature and I’m sure it’s in the nature of almost every other band out there to want to be better than everyone else. The good thing about music though is that what is „better” or „worse” is entirely subjective and an almost impossible question to answer. Therefore we are both better and worse than every band or artist out there, depending on who you ask. Once you realise this it’s quite liberating and you stop giving so much of a shit about it.
musicis.pl: How do you treat good rates of your albums/singles and prizes? Do they mean anything to you?
Again, it’s nice for people to like your music, but to start believing that it makes you anything special, or lends importance to your work, is a massive mistake. All you can do is have faith in the music you make, otherwise you’re living your life from one review to the next, your sense of self-worth bound up in other people’s tastes and agendas. And that’s just no fun at all, is it?