Bleep interviews Vladislav Delay
The new album is seen by many as a return to your roots as a jazz drummer, which percussionists and programmers inspire you past , present and future?
i’m quite a lot influenced by the great jazz drummers of past and present, like Tony Williams, Al Foster, Elvin Jones, Brian Blade, Jeff Watts, etc etc and percussionists like Mino Cinelu, Nana Vasconcelos, etc
if it’s about programmers it’s definitely more towards US and hiphop, mainly the usual names like Dre and other big names. then again i quite like Flying Lotus how he programs beats.
In recent years you have relocated back to Finland, can you tell us a little about the music scene up THERE and any artists we should be looking out for?
there’s absolutely no scene over here. i live like 600km from Helsinki where there might be a scene of some kind but little anyway. to be honest i don’t know much what’s going on here and one of the reasons for me to moving back was that there was no scene to speak of.
How did your collaboration with Moritz Von Oswald and Max Loderbauer first come about?
Moritz had wanted to put up a group for quite a long time and he had spoken about it every now and then. eventually when he had gotten a bit more time he went ahead and asked me to join, and he had quite a clear idea of the group already by then and asked Max to join as well.
What is it like working alongside your wife for for the AGF/Delay projects?
it’s both rewarding and demanding… more than other collaborations. the thing is it’s so personal and also honest, you know each other so well that there’s no pretentiousness or trying to be something you aren’t. then again when you share life together with daughter and everything and then you spend long hours in the studio or travels it can be quite demanding.
You work under many names and guises. Do you chose to do this as your various styles appeal to different audiences, or do you find that the same people listen to all of your work?
sometimes it surprises me to find out that people who like Luomo don’t even know Vladislav Delay stuff or the other way around. but that’s fair enough and i don’t plan to change that in any way. for me it’s important to put names or tags to separate projects from each other as i somehow don’t find mixing everything up appealing personally. it gives some structure to work around which is inspiring and constructive.
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