Music Q&A:
Denis Jones

The musician is launching his album 3333 at Manchester’s Band On The Wall, 18 April, with Graham Massey’s Toolshed

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What informs your music and songwriting?
On this occasion the album was a chance for me to condense my ideas begun on the first two records. Looking into mythology, religious text, non-fiction and science fiction books for lyrical inspiration, with the addition of a healthy slice of BBC Radio 4, the content became a soundtrack to a self-imagined film, with vistas of Bacchus and beasts and magic.

How have you evolved as a artist over the years?
I have taught myself how to play and record drums, while finding my own sound as a recording engineer, producer and mixer. This evolution into a self-contained unit where I can conceive and accomplish an idea as quickly as possible is my greatest work for the past three years. With the addition of more conceptual and composition/sound design work, I’m able to broaden my working environment and opportunities for collaboration.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
At the moment I am rehearsing with friends to play my album tracks at Band on the Wall, Manchester on 18 April, with a view to take the show on the road later this year.

Denis Jones – Don Benito – Live from Wasp Video on Vimeo.

What’s on your rider?
Pineapple juice.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
What is surreal is I end up working with other people by the name of Denis/Dennis.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Hiccup by Buke and Gase.

What’s your worst lyric?
“Yoko Ono mixing in phone.”

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