Monday, 20 October 2014

Logos Q&A

Your name:
Darren Francis.

Where are you from?
London.

Name of band:
Logos.

Who else is in your band?
For the most part Logos has been just me. Of late I've been joined by Jason Oliver; we've been friends for nearly 20 years and have often talked about collaborating. It's good to finally do so.

How would you describe yourselves?
Logos make unconventional music with whatever bits and bobs of sound take our fancy. I've always used the terms 'industrial psychedelia' or 'uneasy listening', to describe it, both of which I invented. Our sound incorporates elements of industrial, ambient, glitch, drone, psychedelia, and avant oddness. We've released four albums so far – our latest sounds very different to our first.

Who are your main influences musically?
Primarily the 'England's Hidden Reverse' axis of 1980s post-industrial music, Coil in particular. Also Swans, Brian Eno, Cabaret Voltaire, The Orb, This Mortal Coil, and too many others.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
You can only make the music you're driven to; don't try to second-guess what you think people might want to hear, or bend your sound to this season's fashion. Do it for yourself and with luck others will like it too.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
A repeated highlight; when the music resonates or connects with someone and they say nice things. Always a good feeling.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Not so much a moment, more a lesson; get on with things, and don't over-analyse. For example with our third album Shamania, all the tracks came together quickly but the mixing stage dragged on over two years.... Get things done, put them out, don't sit on them.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
My current favourite is probably Santa Susana Blues, the title track from our latest album, the way it starts from a nest of samples, and morphs from discordant to a thing of serene beauty.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Our website: www.logosnexus.com
On Bandcamp (stream or download all our albums here): http://logosnexus.bandcamp.com/
On Myspace (if anyone still uses that): http://myspace.com/logosmusick

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
I also write fiction and make art – you can find out more about that on my personal website at www.darrenfrancis.co.uk

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