HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: November 2011. Talking with a great artist like Daevid Allen is a very important moments in everyone’s life. Daevid was co-founder of The Soft Machine, who along with Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett invented the British psychedelic sound. He’s the leader of Gong for more than 40 years. His latest band is University of Errors and also occasionally played with Acid Mothers Temple members as Acid Mothers Gong. Read below the very interesting things he told us:
Two projects to report:
New release (Oct 2011):A beautiful, elegantly hard bound, high quality printed book of Daevid’s more recent poetry from the naughties. Already a rare book as quantities dwindle. A quality collector’s item of funny wise surreal provocative sad but ultimately transcendental poems. Many songs have been seeded from this collection.
“Daevid Allen: Soundbites 4 Tha Revelation 2012”, Bracket Prees, UK. www.bracketpress.co.uk The key to this project is 73 (Daevid’s age now): thus: 73 copies only. Each costs 73 pounds sterling or australian $108 from www.planetgong.co.uk
Latest release (Dec 2011) CD: sound design and spoken word.“Daevid Allen: Soundbites 4 Tha Revelation 2012” download at www.flamedogrecords.com
NOTE: Flamedog Records is run by Orlando Allen.(Gilli and Daevid’s son)
How much your beatnik background influenced your career as a musician?
100%, except on Tuesdays when my Situationist background took over..
What do you remember the most from your company with William S. Burroughts and Robert Graves (highly influential writers of 20th century)?
One I didn’t fuck and the other I left to Gilli (ed: his lifetime partner in life and music).
It was a post modern lobotomy.
When you started playing music as Soft Machine, had you realized then that you were pioneers and inventors of British psychedelic sound?
We just thought we were total freaks.
Do you think music history would be different if there wasn’t the Robert Wyatt’s injury and Syd Barrett didn’t lose his mind?
Nothing by accident. Everything has meaning. Imagine a world without Wyatt’s album: “Rock Bottom”.
How difficult was to form a new band and find band members in a turbulent Paris?
I had a love affair with a turbulent front line Paris journalist and she featured me two weeks running. I was briefly fashionable. This certainly helped me to steal Claude Francoise’s rhythm section for GONG.
Which was the process of writing a Gong song? It was more like jamming at studio or each member worked the compositions on his own?
We tried everything. Even composing underwater on acid. Whatever it takes we do it.
Did you enjoy playing as Acid Mothers Gong? How did you came in contact with Acid Mothers Temple members?
The pixie queen from the underworld danced into my life with a coded message from them. We never talk about music. We still play together on special occasions. We are family.
To make fun of the power of winning. To promote the beauty of losing. To cock tease the music business but always remain a free band. Free to ERRORISE for we are all ERRORISTS!
Had you met Jim Morrison while he was staying in Paris?
I sat on his grave in a cold wind and caught a chill. I nearly died.
What music do you hear this period?
Right now I am listening to a Kate Bush new release. Then Saul Williams, Ornette Coleman, George Antheil, Carla Khilstedt, Igor Stravinski…..
Have you ever been in Greece? Send a message to Greek listeners.
I have been to Greece many times and I love that country.I am flinging everybody kisses in the form of tiny radio controlled model helicopters shaped like teapots and which taste of vulva hulva.
A huge “THANK YOU” to Mr Daevid Allen.