daevid allen - E-mail interview by Thodoris 11/11
Thodoris: Which are the current projects you're involved in? Are you doing recordings this period?
daevid: Two projects to report:
New release (Oct 2011): A beautiful, elegantly hard bound, high quality printed book of more recent poetry from the naughties. Already a rare book as quantities dwindle. A quality collectors item of funny wise surreal provocative sad but ultimately transcendental poems. Many songs have been seeded from this collection. <daevid allen: soundbites 4 tha revelation 2012> BRACKET PRESS. UK. <www.bracketpress.co.uk> The key to this project is 73 (my age now): thus: 73 copies only. Each costs 73.00 pounds sterling or australian $108.00
Latest release (Dec 2011) CD: sound design and spoken word. <daevid allen: soundbites 4 tha revelation 2012> Download at www.flamedogrecords.com
T: How much your beatnik background influenced your career as a musician?
DA: 100% except on tuesdays when my Situationist background took over.
T: What do you remember the most from your company with William S. Burroughts and Robert Graves?
DA: One I didn't fuck and the other I left to Gilli.
T: Under which circumstances the free jazz daevid allen Trio transformed into The Soft Machine psychedelic sound?
DA: It was a post modern lobotomy.
T: When you started playing music as Soft Machine, had you realized then that you were pioneers and inventors of British psychedelic sound?
DA: We just thought we were total freeks.
T: Do you think music history would be different if there wasn't the Robert Wyatt's injury and Syd Barrett didn't lose his mind?
DA: Nothing by accident. Everything has meaning. Imagine a world without Wyatt's album: ROCK BOTTOM.
T: How difficult was to form a new band and find band members in a turbulent Paris?
DA: I had a love affair with a tubulent front line Paris journalist and she featured me two weeks running. I was briefly fashionable. This certainly helped me to steal Claude Francoise's rhythm section for GONG.
T: Which was the process of writing a Gong song? It was more like jamming at studio or each member worked the compositions on his own?
DA: We tried everything. Even composing underwater on acid. Whatever it takes we do it.
T: Did you enjoy playing as Acid Mother Gong? How did you came in contact with Acid Mother Temples members?
DA: The pixie queen from the underworld danced into my life with a coded message from them. We never talk about music. We still play together on special occasions. We are family.
T: Which is the purpose of the existence of University Of Errors?
DA: To make fun of the power of winning. To promote the beauty of losing. To cock tease the music business but always remain a free band. Free to ERRORISE for we are all ERRORISTS!
T: Had you met Jim Morrison while he was staying in Paris?
DA: I sat on his grave in a cold wind and caught a chill. I nearly died.
T: What music do you hear this period?
DA: Right now I am listening to a Kate Bush new release. Then Saul Williams, Ornette Coleman, George Antheil, Carla Khilstedt, Igor Stravinski…..
T: Have you ever been in Greece? Send a message to Greek listeners.
DA: I have been to Greece many times and I love that country. I am flinging everybody kisses in the form of tiny radio controlled model helicopters shaped like teapots and which taste of vulva hulva. I hope to see you next year with GONG!