AFTER YEARS OF FINDING HIS VOICE THROUGH MASH UPS OF HIP-HOP, SAMBA AND MANY COLLABORATIONS DAEDELUS EXPLAINS YO CLASH WHY HE HAS FINALLY MADE THE RAVE RECORD HE ALWAYS WANTED
"It was the grenade like pin in my musical awakening certainly around 1992," explains Daedelus when describing his love for rave music that inspired his latest offering Love To Make Music To. His new album is typical of the Santa Monica born artist in that it is very untypical. In his younger days he purchased some import dance records and his love of them has always flourished. "I was young enough to know nothing of the world; I should note I was too young to know the copious amounts of drugs being used as well how silly people can look in very baggy clothes. I now have almost uncomfortable interest in that period in music, acid house, techno, hip-house and Dutch hardcore all became one rave sound for a brief few years. I find it amazing for people to agree on what to dance to ever, this was a magical moment."
Inspired stylistically by Victorian Dandyism and inspired musically by anything alternative - he is a true character of our times. Whilst admitting the Victorian period would be a rough time to live he jokes that he may be able to "get more clothes that fit properly" and "change history to have less bands like the Kooks around."
Although being too young to attend any raves Daedelus admits he loves the opportunity to branch out and play at similar events. "It is always different to be on stage at these events rather than elbowing through crowds, rolling eyes, etc. But seeing young people experiencing some aspect of the Aha (!) moment in music is an awesome possibility."
After DJing and releasing a variety of genre exploding EPs and albums since 1999, he admits in 2004 on the album Of Snowdonia was where he discovered his true voice and unique style. "It was really the jump off for me to see that people's imaginations aren't limited places. It seems like some like to travel far, A Gent Agent (2004's concept album) was an exercise in how far can I go down the rabbit hole, and very few decided to travel the whole way, which is fine. This record is much simply a question in the title Love To Make Music to - blank?"
Daedelus' new album is definitely more danceable but still keeps the hip-hop and samba influences of the past by including collaborations such as Taz Arnold of the band Sa-Ra to create the kind of hip-house taht is roaring back into fashion. "I want people to fall in and out of love to this record, make mad dances, make babies, really just have a reaction to a full length record, that is rare enough nowadays," says Daedelus.
This album will be followed by a variety of live and festival performances he describes as "stampeding elephants and pocket watches and lasers and giant fighting robots in music" before he releases a more acoustic album with his wife Laura Darling called The Long Lost. Looks like he will continue to break fresh ground and surprise consistently, a man with clothes from the past but both eyes on the future.