The Long Road
By Jack Barnes
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
The Long Road: I am a music writer and producer living in South England, I would like to live to be 200 years old. I have been working in the industry for 20 years, writing and producing electronic music for h2so4 ( Machine-Turned Blues ) , the zzips ( 20 years Late ) , Code ( the Architect ) and Mortal ( Deco 1997 and Disco Volante 2015 ) as well as solo projects and the British indie blues band The zzips . The greatest influences in my Music are classical composer Anton Bruckner, followed by Duke Ellington followed by the Beach Boys. Also Bach.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
The Long Road: 20 years
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
The Long Road: The Long Rd is a continuing project of the last 10 years, and the music covers a diverse range of styles-all of it instrumentals from minimal electronic to lush electronic instrumentals and even classical symphonies in 4 parts .the longest part ” Mariner Probe ” is 52 minutes long and is mostly Rumblings and bleeps.
So I would describe the Long Rd sequence as ” Electronic Soundscapes” or “Travelogues” , with each part exploring a new “Terrain “. The part recently completed ” Light Goggles ” attempts to describe the voyage of the soul after death and includes a Barry White track. The concept is that other artists contribute to the travelogues by taking an element from the log (A Paragraph/Sample) and produce their own travelogue via musical interpretation.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
The Long Road: My inspirations are 1. Laibach 2. The Blue Nile 3.Brian Eno 4. Kraftwerk 5.Underworld 6.Die Verrbooten 7.
Getmybuzzup: What are you currently working on?
The Long Road: The Long Rd project “Light Goggles”, also making videos for my extensive back catalogue under the you tube channel Roman Devreaux.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your latest project?
The Long Road: The Long Rd was originally conceived as an infinite , interleaving series of mixes and it quickly sprawled into a massive network. Added to by artists.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
The Long Road: James Butler from the zzips on a new H2so4 album.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career?
The Long Road: Better admin ( concise data storage and back up )
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
The Long Road: Keep it moving , keep coming up with new ideas and refining production techniques
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
The Long Road: Anyone with an interest in a wide range of music that loves big concepts and melody.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
The Long Road: We do themes and ideas, concepts that most people don’t expect in music. For instance , one section of the Long Rd is called “12 Months” and is an ambient journey through the months of the year with narration.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
The Long Road: I love art, walking and UK politics , red wines in particular and good food. Also love good writing. I adore my e reader (made by Kobo).
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
The Long Road: Ben Lukas Boysen who wrote the magical album “Spells”.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
The Long Road: Film and Tv placements such as the Sopranos, Six Feet under, Queer as folk. Also playing Glastonbury. And of course , every new release is still a huge thrill- “Crash Test Dummy” , a new release after a few years by h2so4 was a fantastic exciting time , and I still really love that record.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
The Long Road: A lot of new h2so4 tracks and the unfolding of the Long Rd Project with various releases and remixes.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
The Long Road: Check out Luxor by Mortal on You tube (on the Roman Devreaux channel) from Deco- it is a good place to start understanding the Long Rd.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
The Long Road: As above or streaming on Spotify for the various projects Mortal, Supergiant, The zzips or h2so4. https://soundcloud.com/thelongroad-1/calculus-part-2
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