Sunday, January 13, 2008

Go Home Productions

Go Home Productions

GHP is Mark Vidler, the very grounded, well known and equally talented mashup artist from the UK. He's best known for his work as a Bastard Pop artist, but has also been quite busy doing more traditional remixes, in addition to some creative work for television and radio (Update: We did a phone interview with him in 2008. Check it out HERE). He's been a featured artist on XFM, WFMU, LIVE105 and the BBC, just to name a few, and is one of the few mashup artists to have his work legally available. Don't ask me how, but he's managed it... His album "This Was Pop (2002-2007)," a 5 year bootleg retrospective, is also available as a free download at his website.

He's actually made his entire back catalog available - a couple hundred tracks at least, by my estimate - downloadable by album. Check it out HERE. There are a small handful of mashup artists I've learned to trust and Go Home Productions is definitely in the top five. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions...

*Name: Go Home Productions

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Mark Vidler / Go Home Productions

*Do you use a pseudonym? I have used various pseudonym's over the years: Lord Greystoke / Tarzan Of The Apes / English Cheddar Produce / Allen Dean / iBall Hard Life / The Kray Twins amongst others...

*Members: Just the one. I get claustrophobic.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: 'Digital Deconstructions' would suit me best I guess. All the bootlegs and original material are digitally created on the whole. I use hardware too, my guitars (via my Pod XT).

*Another genre descriptor: 'Psychedelectronics' is what I'd describe some of my more experimental stuff that I toy with in my spare time. Weird soundscapes with little or no form or structure. They are just personal sketches and very theraputic.

*Location: I'm currently based in Watford and have been for the past 10 years.

*What is your creative/artistic background: After dropping out of art school in 1987, I joined Camden based 'World Of Music' as a guitarist. We then morphed into 'Chicane' around 1990. We achieved a fair degree of success. 5 singles and an album. Played by Peel / Radio 1. Supported Spiritualized / Catherine Wheel, signed to BMG. Eventually left the band in 1996. In 2002, I felt the need to get back into the 'business' and created Go Home Productions.

*History: This year (2007), Go Home Productions has been creating for five years. On a personal level I've been making some sort of recorded noise since 1983.

*Born: I was born in Barnet (North London - UK), 1967 (the summer of love). So... that makes me a very healthy 40 years of age ...and yes, I look pretty good on it.

*Motivations: I've always made music in some form or another. My father being a classically trained pianist, my mother forcing me to watch TOTP and my uncles bending my ears with Beatles / Stones / Osmonds and Abba, all made a pretty big influence on me I guess. It's in my blood. In a weird way I see what I do (and what I have done) is paying homage to all the artists and bands that I grew up loving. I'm fortunate to have met, made friends and worked with a healthy handful of them. It's very much been worth it. That's what keeps me going.

*Philosophy: Not too much philosophy to be fair. Just tampering and remolding 'pop' music, or 'sounds' that I like. Yes, I'm manipulating other people’s work but I like to think I've applied a healthy splash of red to their canvas. My original material tastes many flavours: electro - dub - psych - soundtrack.

*How would you like to be remembered: As a good son, brother, husband, uncle and friend.

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