LANDFILL ELEKTRONIKZ at the Neon Hospice

Matthew

FKA Woebot
Welcome news that Nick Gutterbreakz is starting a weekly show at the Neon Hospice.

I hope he doesn't mind me posting his email here:

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After 10 years of relentlessly releasing across various formats and labels, next year I have decided to release nothing at all! (thank fuck, they cry). Instead I am shifting to internet radio, with a monthly one-hour presentation of exclusive material on The Neon Hospice (theneonhospice.com)

NON-RELEASE RATIONALE

I haven’t actually released a vinyl album since 2017. All the labels I’ve done vinyl with in the past have either folded, stopped talking to me, or just want more of the old Ekoplekz sound. There have been a handful of cassettes, and this year I fell into the ‘Bandcamp Friday’ wormhole, self-releasing digitally to increasingly diminishing levels of interest.

Despite putting out four albums and an EP on bandcamp this year, I still have nearly 70 unreleased tracks recorded in 2020. I can honestly say I feel more creative and inspired now than ever. The music just keeps coming, more clear and future-pointed than ever.

Yet in a digital economy of massive over-supply, and without the heft of a ‘name’ record label to get the message across, it seems a bit pointless to keep bunging stuff out. Thankfully I don’t need to earn money from music, so I’ve decided to spare myself the further indignity of the Bandcamp Friday scrum. I am also continuing to avoid all streaming services from now on. Like I said I don’t need the money, but the payment structure is so ludicrously unfair to artists I can’t actually bare to muddy my feet in such crass exploitation. If only I could get all my back catalogue removed from Spotify. And Soundcloud is for kids, right?

So what next? Go back to just doing it for fun and my own listening pleasure? No, I think most artists would like to communicate to an audience of some sort, and I am no exception. Enter...

THE NEON HOSPICE

I have known Jonny Mugwump for years, and he was there supporting Ekoplekz right from the beginning. One of my earliest live performances was on his Resonance FM show in 2010, and the following year he was instrumental in getting me on the bill at Vortex Jazz Club (Dalston) and Unsound (Krakow). This year Jonny decided to start his own digital radio station, The Neon Hospice, and within a short time it seems he has established a solid weekly programme, all through sheer bloody-minded enthusiasm, hard work and barely any publicity. I have already done a couple of tentative shows for him, but from January I am committing to a regular monthly show called...

LANDFILL ELEKTRONIKZ

Do I need to explain the name? Aside from the fact this will be a glorified ‘sound dump’, it recalls the term ‘Landfill Indie’ used to donate a wave of sound-alike guitar bands a few years ago. In 2020, unsigned electronic music is so prevalent across soundcloud, YouTube, bandcamp etc that, regardless of merit, it’s pretty much all landfill, a brief moment of interest before moving on to the next link in your never ending media feed, and I acknowledge my own complicity in this. Self-depreciating humour has always been one of my strong points.

The show will be a one hour presentation on the last weekend of each month (exact day/time tbc). There will be no chat between tracks. Just a constant flow of elektronik rhythm and sound. I already have enough material for the first 6 months and more is always being created. The shows will be archived on the website so you can drop by for a listen whenever.

I have set up a couple of social media accounts which you may wish to follow if you feel so inclined..

Twitter: @landfilltronikz
Insta: landfilltronikz
I’m also on farcebook as me.

I’m trying to build up a little interest in the run-up to the first show so any help with spreading the word would be massively appreciated.

I am actually quite excited about this. It’s given me a fresh perspective on my work and how it will all fit together in a non-album format. Letting go of old obsessions with format from a physical business model has been very freeing and even revelatory. And whether I get 10 listeners or 100, it’s good to have something to work towards rather than just aimlessly kicking out the jamz.

Thanks for reading. Hope you all have a tolerably good Xmas and here’s to better days in 2021.

Nick (the artist formally known as Ekoplekz)
 
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