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Interview : Ceebrolistics


When and how was your band created?
We started doing music in 1990, and took on our current name in 1995.

Was the choice to become professional difficult to make? Why?
It was natural to do what we had been doing for the whole conscious part of our lives. putting out is something we do.

What musicians or artists did have a major influence in your life / work?
In our early years it was purely underground hiphop, in the likes of living legends, eclipse427, blackalicious and the project blowed mc's , and atmospheric jazz in the style of ecm. little by little the influences have been drifting more and more to the electronic direction. and more and more experimental stuff like warp and berlin dub artists.

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a musician / singer (in Finland)?
Finland is small. which is both good and not-so-good. it's easy to be the

How could you qualify your style of music?
Electronictechdubambientclichop. undergroundtango.

Have you ever considered the possibilty to change totally your style of music? If so, what style of music would you choose?
We're planning to do a hardcore dubmetal album after this one.

What are stories/topics you tell/treat in your songs?
Strife. suru.

What is your favorite song in your repertoire and why?
Every song should work. that's what we're heading for.

Do you tour regularly? Do you actually prefer performing your music live or in a studio?
They're fundamentally different. (for us) our own music works best in the studio, that's where we get closest to the feeling intended. on some occations the live situations become something breathtakingly deep. this has a lot to do with the audience, see we don't let our audience go easy. but when it works, it feels overwhealming.

During the process of making an album, what is the moment that you prefer? Why?
The first time you're holding your new vinyl... then again... making a record is a process with both good and frustrating moments. both have-to-be's.

What kind of music / What artists do you currently listen?
Pole, rhythm and sound, radiohead, björk, rothko, panamerican, kemmuru, ceebros, anticon, nonce, jaydee, jimi hendrix, mum, vladislav delay, sfc, kapasiteettiyksikkö, el debarge, dj vadim, nuera, kimmo pohjonen, damon albarn, evil stöö, tyylit takasin, vähäset äänet, keskuskadunkulma, coldplay, musiq soulchild, quasimoto, mf doom, tunnel rats, augustus pablo, portishead, kuusumun profeetta, dave lindholm, davo isotaagi, g.litter, didier sound spectrum, timmion artists, timsi, ii and ss, rdn, ttc, godspeed you black emperor, sibelius, william devaughn, dj assault, will freaky-ass smitf, aza and the mothafukas, fucking hippies, op:l bastards, annie, burnt friedman, nook, matala.
just to mention the ones we remembered.

What are your actual and future projects?
Our album, ö. our untitled album after that. and the new murmur-stuff.

Internet is something interesting for musicians because it gives them the opportunity to touch a larger audience but it is also a threat for them (regarding the copyrights). What is your opinion regarding this medium?
We have been lazy with this one.

Do you use computers or home studios during the process of making an album or a song?
We have nothing but an overblown home studio, hauled from homes to the depths of our studio in madEira. everything we do is done there.


Interview by Vincent Lefrançois - 2002




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