Where are you from?
Born in Harlow, Essex, but now live in West Sussex. I'm drawn to places that have the word SEX in them!
Name of band:
Who else is in your band?
Mr Peter Steer.
How would you describe yourselves?
Individuals who share a love of electronic music throughout the decades since the late 70s and have come together as Tenek with the intention of bringing our own brand of rock tinged electronic music to a wide and enthusiastic audience.
Who are your main influences musically?
I'm an 80s kid at heart. Enjoying the sounds of Gary Numan, Ultravox, Simple Minds, Talk Talk, Thomas Dolby, Tears for Fears, Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, Shriekback, Fad Gadget and Yello to name just a few. A big fan of Trevor Horn and Steve Lipson's production in the 80s with bands like Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Propaganda. Currently enjoying the output from bands like White Lies, Recoil and Nine Inch Nails. Current favourite producers are Alan Moulder, Flood and Ed Buller. Favourite film music composer Hans Zimmer. I love music that has depth, atmosphere and emotion.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
To be recognised for writing, recording, mixing and producing music of a high standard. Getting more of my music used in adverts or major films and to continue to do it as a full time profession until I go deaf or die or something.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Getting one of my tracks used on the Jim Carrey / Ewan McGregor film, 'I Love You Phillip Morris' and seeing my name in the closing credits. Allowing myself the opportunity to be a full time songwriter and producer.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Tenek gig in Braunschweig, Germany 2011. The worst, most tech problem riddled Tenek gig ever!
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Difficult choice but I'd go for 'If I Should Fall' as it was the track that was the catalyst for forming Tenek and it incorporates all the elements and influences that continue to be a part of every Tenek track.
Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Yes, we're currently working on our new album, 'Smoke and Mirrors' for release sometime in 2014. We thought it amusing to have thought of the title before actually writing the music. Imagine it done and all the rest will fall in to place :)
We have also set up the re-issue of our EP1+ and it is now available for pre-orders via tenek.bandcamp.com/album/ep1