Interview with black midi ／ブラック・ミディ来日インタビュー
ーーSo Boningen and Black Midi have something in common in which you guys both have worked with Damo Suzuki. So has that experience affected you in your music or the music that you are making at all?
Morgan : I think that it made us more confident in terms of improvising and street live shows. Stuff like that. When we played with him, we were literally thrown into the deep end with no form of direction. We didn’t talk much before the show but what he said was that ‘I’m going to jump but when I land just make noise and see how it goes from there honestly.’ Just generally and personally made me more of a confident musician in general.
Matt : Definitely. There was like a preimposed Black Midi because I think naturally after that gig we started improvising loads in our shows because we obviously saw Damo doing it. Not just in shows but with people who we had never played with before and the people that he met had he not done this really cool thing which is going around and playing with people from that local area. So I would say that that experience has affected us more than we realize in a positive way.
ーーSo maybe you guys had a little training in terms of performance from him. Not training but…
Morgan : Yeah, definitely.
ーーI think when you read news and articles about Black Midi the articles refer to different kinds of genres and artists. Some of it is true but when you listen to Black Midi’s music as a whole, I think it is very unique and very different. So today we are very interested in Black Midi’s music writing process. Are you aware of these reference artists and influences?
Matt : A lot of the bands we get compared to, we haven’t even heard of so it’s kind of interesting in that sense. Because we just end up discovering loads of music through that way. In terms of the writing process I don’t really think we think about other bands and stuff like that. We just get in a room and with a tape recorder and jam for hours and we pick out little bits from those jams and we end up putting them together and developing them like that. But I don’t really think like ‘Oh let’s do something like this band.’ It just comes out naturally
Morgan : I think the whole idea and the fact that we haven’t heard of all of these bands that we are being compared to really does show how influence as a whole is continuous and you can’t necessarily track it. We might not even recognize ourselves that we’re being influenced by a particular thing. It can always translate itself when you’re writing music without you even realizing.