Logikparty are a four-piece band, consisting of Benni, Gib, Stevie and Daniel. It is probably reasonably fair to say that they ripped it up and started again using a copy of Rip It Up and Start Again as a reference point. So with New York no wave as a template, they have appeared with insistent, frantic, spooked songs to dance or suffer howling fantods to. They have recently released a limited edition 7″ and you might come across them supporting Jogging with Not Squares at Jogging’s album launch, or supporting the mighty Mission of Burma.
As can happen with bands, more than one member hearkened unto the call to do this interview. Luckily, you will be easily able to tell which is Benni and which is Gib by the fact that Gib answered mostly with caps lock on. Picture him shouting.
Logikparty – Iodine
Q0.5 How are you?
Benni : Hungry, still… which is kinda frightening considering the amount I’ve eaten today. Thanks for askin’!
Gib: Really good.
Q1 Nowadays, when everybody has a decent computer and gear is more available, it’s much easier for anyone to make music and have it heard quickly – does the bedroom music explosion devalue music at all by making it so easy to do?
B: No I don’t think so at all. If someone is creative and has a desire to make music, they’ll find a way & I’ve always been of the opinion that a lack of ultra hi-tech expensive equipment is not a real reason for someone to not make music if it is something they inherently feel they want to, or have to do. The end result is what you are paying attention to, and its very obvious very quickly if its coming from a genuine place, which is the most important thing. Pretty much all of our favorite bands come from times and scenes where DIY was the only way to go, firstly out of lack of money and then consequently, intentionally. Bands from Post Punk and No Wave eras ended up being some of the most forward thinking, progressive artists, especially for us.
G: THINK THE OPPOSITE. PEOPLE HOW BEEN MAKING ‘BEDROOM’ MUSIC FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. IT’S DEFINITELY EASIER TO GET HEARD THESE DAYS AND OBVIOUSLY THAT LEADS TO HEARING MORE AND MORE RUBBISH THAT YOU MAY HAVE NOT HEARD BEFORE. IT ALSO MEANS THAT YOU CAN GET TO HEAR MUSIC FROM SOME REALLY TALENTED KID IN A BEDROOM IN WINSCONSIN THAT YOU’D NEVER HAVE HEARD OTHERWISE. FAIR TRADE!!!
Q2 Is downloading a good thing? Does the fact that it’s possible to get so much music so easily and for free make it more disposable at all?
B: To a degree yes. I do like how there are so few boundaries now and it’s so easy to find out about so many bands – old and new. I mean there’s a blog for every kind of music. And I like the fact that it has been embraced by the independent community and to a degree removed the corporate strangle hold that record labels had on music for so long. But it is sad that the actual ‘art of the record’ is in many ways falling by the wayside. There’s nothing like actually holding a new record in your hand, and the excitement of hearing it in its organic form… no amount of free downloads can replace that.
G: I THINK THERE’S OBVIOUS ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE BUT IT’S THE WAY THINGS ARE NOW, LIKE IT OR NOT. I USED TO TAPE SONGS OFF THE RADIO AS A KID AND IF I REALLY LIKED THEM I’D GO AND BUY THEM. I ALSO WORK IN A RECORD SHOP AND KNOW A LOT OF CUSTOMERS WHO COME IN TO BUY STUFF AFTER DOWNLOADING IT FIRST. I BUY VINYL AND OUR RECORD WAS VINYL ONLY. WE GAVE A DOWNLOAD CODE OUT WITH THE RECORD THOUGH SO IT WOULD BE PRETTY HYPOCRITICAL OF US TO SAY DOWNLOADING LEGAL OR ILLEGAL, IS A BAD THING.
Q3 Is there anything that makes your music quintessentially Irish? Is it intentional?
B: No absolutely not! And its not intentional!
G: NOT THAT I’M AWARE OF OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT WE’RE FROM IRELAND.
Q4 Do you find it difficult to self-edit, or to take a step back from your music and look at it objectively?
B: Not really. We write very quickly and are all very much on the same page but we are quite critical of ourselves and if something isn’t up to standard we can recognise that very quickly, no-one takes anything personal at all in that respect. We are always collectively working for the music to sound…. awesome!
G: NO. IF WE’RE NOT FEELING SOMETHING WE SCRAP IT AND TRY SOMETHING ELSE OR LEAVE IT FOR A WHILE AND GO BACK TO IT LATER. A FEW OF OUR TUNES ARE MADE UP OF BITS SALVAGED FROM OTHER TUNES THAT WE SCRAPPED.
Q5 Is there a Dublin scene, or even smaller genre-based scenes? Are you a part of one?
B: I’m not sure if there is a particular scene per say. We certainly are not part of any scene or group of bands etc. That said we are a very new band! But no, we’re not and nor would we want to be part of a ‘scene’ in the literal sense. There is an AMAZING musical community in Dublin at the moment though. Everyone seems to be so active in so many ways and lots of people are working on 2, 3 or more projects. There’s a real excitement in Dublin for me at the moment anyway, so many varied bands and genres and people coming out with new stuff all the time. It’s quite inspiring.
G: THERE PROBABLY ARE TO SOME DEGREE. I DON’T CARE FOR SCENES MYSELF THOUGH. IT DOESN’T AFFECT OUR MUSIC IN ANY WAY. THERE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE POST CELTIC TIGER, QUEST FOR FAME BANDS BUT I LIKE TO THINK I CHANNEL MY ENTHUSIASM INTO LIKING THE GOOD STUFF AS OPPOSED TO DISMISSING THE OBVIOUSLY DREADFUL STUFF. I THINK THAT THERE IS SOME OF THE BEST MUSIC IN THIS CITY AND COUNTRY AT THE MOMENT THAT THERE HAS BEEN FOR A LONG TIME OR EVER FOR THAT MATTER. AS REGARD TO GENRE BASED SCENES. I SEE THE SAME HEADS TURNING UP AT ALL TYPES OF SHOWS WEEK IN WEEK OUT.
Q6 Name a non-musical influence on your music.
G: DOES DRUM TOBACCO QUALIFY AS NON-MUSICAL? [Q6.5 Yes.]
Q7 Take one of your songs and explain the process of writing it from the beginning to the finished article.
G: PRACTICALLY ALL OF OUR TUNES ARE WRITTEN USING THE SAME PROCESS. SOMEBODY COMES UP WITH SOMETHING IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM, WE JAM ON IT AND IF IT’S WORKING WE STICK TO IT, IF IT’S NOT WE USUALLY CHUCK IT. WE RARELY IF EVER BRING IN A RIFF OR A BASSLINE OR WHATEVER THAT’S ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN AT HOME AND WORK ON IT. ALL OF OUR STUFF IS STARTED AND FINISHED IN THE PRACTICE ROOM.
Q8 Has music criticism ever influenced your music, or at least made you think about it differently? I mean proper reviews, but also blogs or even just hearing someone you don’t know talk about you.
B: Well, like I say we are a very very new band. We only played our first gig in January 2010 so we haven’t had a HUGE amount of press!! But, in general I wouldn’t be too effected by what anyone has to say really. There’s a very strong sense of what we’re trying to achieve musically amongst the 4 of us, and nothing else really matters. That said, when people who I have an insane amount of respect due to their musical output etc have had nice things to say, thats been extremely flattering. And it is always very flattering when anyone who takes a second to come over and say they’ve enjoyed a gig or like your songs. Essentially a good or bad review wouldn’t effect anything we do though.
G: WE’VE NEVER REALLY HAD A PROPER REVIEW OR PROPER PRESS BUT WHEN ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS WHO’S MUSICAL OPINION YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY TRUST TELLS YOU YOU’RE DEADLY AND YOU KNOW THAT THEY MEAN IT… THAT’S PRETTY SWEET…
Q9 Have you ever felt guilty for trying to get other people to take an interest in your music, if you aren’t making the effort with new music yourself?
B:No, probably because I am very very active in finding out about new music and go to lots of gigs and buy a lot of new band music.
G: NOPE. ALWAYS INTERESTED IN NEW MUSIC.
Q10 Would you call yourself a traditionalist with regard to music, either as a listener or in how you go about writing/recording/performing?
B: I’m not sure if I could say I am, or am not a traditionalist. Everyones relationship with music either as a listener or a musician is such a personal thing
and so individual. The one thing I do know though is that I have never been so sure of the music I am creating as I am in Logikparty. We do work hard but
in many ways it’s such an effortless process, like the four of us have been waiting to finally come together and get this thing going!
G: AS A LISTENER? SOMETIMES. AS A PERFORMER? NOT AT ALL.
Q10.5 What’s something you’re listening to right now?
Literally?! Factory Floor – new band from the UK. I’m very excited about these guys. They’ve got a record coming out soon.
G: PATRICK KELLEHER’S REMIX ALBUM ‘YOU LOOK COLDER’
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