shackleton said:via Blackdown: Now my idea of a party is one where people let themselves go and are bang into the music, and I was reading this book at the time about a tribe from Cameroon who dug up their ancestors remains so as they could enjoy watching the festivities while the living members of the tribe played music, danced and got pissed. I thought 'that's the spirit!' So I decided to call the label Skull Disco.
I like Shackleton, but he's a bit like that kid at school who was into wargames and who watched Red Dwarf and who thought he was weird and dark. I'd prefer him if he actually got dark rather than intimated it, or just shut up about it altogether.
getting increasingly flummoxed by the new trend in focusing on how 'nice' a musician is
"I don't care what he's like as a person, I care about his public persona and his music"
Pretty dark you reckon?I dunno, I guess I thought that if one started off one's last MAH mix with a litany of 'no more, no mores' and then carry on into samples about the eschaton having always been imminent then that kind of meant one may have been invoking and expressing some form of darkness within one's music, am I listening to the same Shackleton? It's not exactly be bop a lula.
Maybe he was just having a bad day.
Re: the darkness.
He views it as more akin to a satori zen thing than a black hole swallowing you up. Hence the void isn't something to be scared of.
It's also worth noting that the lyrics in his tracks are generally by Vengeance Tenfold, who isn't simply a mouthpiece for Shackleton.
There's definitely something odd, something uncanny, slightly disturbing there, but it's more directed towards some form of meditative experience than simply 'here comes the darkness'.
He discusses a bunch of this stuff in the Wire cover story this month.
what - one statement mentions this lol
The quote is wholly agreeable, but no one's saying his music is better or worse for it, it's just an incidental fact. you getting flumoxed over someone being praised for their personality virtues is your own problem. why waste your energy.
like could miles or zappa make a career now without being booed out of the industry? i dunno, should probably stop derailing...
no takers on the pre-shackleton question? really seems like he came out of nowhere.