Interview - Fonetiks


    Electronic Liverpool trio, Fonetiks, who will play our NewPath night on Saturday, June 30, took the time out to answer some questions. Read on and see why they are even better than fried onions when you're hungry.


    Your name Fonetiks indicates an interest in experimenting with sound and words. How have you developed your own unique sound?

    We're just really fucking hard on each other. "Look, you might think it's fun to play, but we've all heard it a hundred times before. Stop it, and think of something better" is the kind of thing you'll hear us saying in rehearsal. It's a difficult and long process.

    How did the band come about?

    Liam and Jamie used to play together in a band, and Wardy used to play in a different band, and we used to gig around together. Both those bands came to a horrible acrimonious end and the three of us, not knowing what else to do with our spare time decided to form a new one.

    How would you describe your music?

    like the smell of fried onions when you're hungry.

    How important are visuals, especially when playing live and how do you come up with something that fits your music?

    Very important. We want the performance to be as immersive as possible so it's up there with the music. we trigger them all live, so really it's another instrument. For a long time it was something that only those with a big budget could afford do, but now the technology is there to do it.

    Who are your influences?

    The main idea so far is to take the amazing noises of electronic artists like Aphex Twin, Modeselektor and El-P, but to keep it live so it has the of fluidity of bands like Pixies, TV on the Radio and !!!. Holy Fuck and Animal Collective are definitely influences in that sense.

    Ideally where would you like to be musically in the next five years?

    We rely on computers a lot, and try to use the latest stuff. Like recently we've been messing with using an Xbox Kinect motion sensor as a control device. That kind of stuff advances so quickly that five years time is impossible to predict.

    If you could make at least one achievement with your music what would it be?

    We don't know. We're happy just experimenting and seeing the results.

    What is your favourite music medium - MP3, CD, vinyl? Why?

    Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud. We mostly listen to stuff online.

    What was the last piece of music you bought?

    Jamie - JJ Doom 'Rhyming Slang' Dave Sitek remix, Liam - Flying Lotus 'Cosmogramma', Wardy - Brian Eno and David Byrne 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts'
    (on vinyl - presumably so he can lend it to his grandad).

    What has been your best gig so far and why?

    We played the closing party for Royale de luxe's Sea Odyssey and couple of weeks ago. A free bar and few hundred drunken french acrobats was a very enjoyable night.

    What has been the best thing anyone has said about your music?

    Ropewalks blog once said "They go at it like a burning man bursting through a glass door to douse his flames in a swimming pool outside". That was quite nice.

    What can we expect next from you?

    We're not sure. Keep going... We will be releasing some new videos and tracks in the next few months. By Christmas we would like to have 100 likes on facebook.

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