Ahead of his appearance at Sequences Festival in Bristol on July 23rd we sat down the mysterious IGLOOGHOST for a chat which largely comprised shouting about Gamecubes, discovering vegan eggs and his new record forthcoming on Brainfeeder. Bon appetite!
Bayfield: Ayooooo Iglooooo are you there?
IGLOOGHOST: AY IT’S WORKIN NOW!!!
Bayfield: AYOoooo TECHNOLOGEE! What’s happening sir? You well?
IGLOOGHOST: EATIN SOME CRISPS, DRINKIN SOME WATER, COMPOSIN THIS BIG THING THAT SOUNDS LIKE ZELDA.
Bayfield: Oooooh crisps and water. Classic lunch shit right there. Does the Zelda bit involve food samples or just flutes and green crushed velvet hats ‘n’ shit?
IGLOOGHOST: YEH ACTUALLY THIS THING HAS A COUPLE LAYERS OF SOUND THAT SOUND LIKE A BIG MONSTER CHEWING ON SOMETHIN. MOSTLY RLLY SAD CHINESE VIOLINS THO.
Bayfield: Those Chinese violins never really sound that cheerful. They seem to have some overarching sadness engrained in them… Or maybe I’m just sad. I dunno I had a chicken wrap for lunch and it came in about three quids worth of foil. That made me sad.
IGLOOGHOST: YEH THEY SOUND LIKE LAMBS CRYING.
Bayfield: Have you ever thought about sampling a crying lamb? Save you some money on all those Chinese Violin players.
IGLOOGHOST: ARCA SORTA ALEADY DID THAT ON HIS SHEEP TAPE THING. IT WAS COOL LIKE THE INTRO HAD THESE SPOOKY NOISES & SCARED LAMB SOUNDS & IT SOUNDED LIKE A HUNGRY WOLF DEMON WAS LURKING IN DA BUSHES.
Bayfield: Fo real?! Must’ve missed that (assumedly) halal nugget from the Arca cannon. I shall investigate forthwith. So aside from Chinese violin playaz how do you usually go about your productions? They’re usually quite colourful and intense… not unlike Lego; does structure play a key role such as it does when building Lego? Or is it more expressive… like Playdoh
IGLOOGHOST: YEH IT’S SORT OF LIKE A RLLY SLOW CALCULATED YET FREEFORM LEGO SESSION I GUESS. I GOT A BIG BOX OF UNRELATED BRICKS & I TRY & ADD THE MOST UNRELATED ONES TOGETHER BUT MAKE SURE THEY ALL HAVE A NICE POCKET TO FIT IN. IT TAKES AGES. IF I’M LUCKY I’LL GET A 2 BAR LOOP FINISHED IN MY MANDATORY 12 HOUR DAY OF WORKIN ON MUSIC.
I WISH I COULD BASH A WHOLE SONG OUT IN 30 MINUTES LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE SMH. I GUESS SOME PPL ARE SLOW WORKERS BUT IT’S NOT EVEN ABOUT LAZINESS, LIKE I RARELY TAKE BREAKS BUT IT STILL TAKES ME 10X LONGER TO DO SHIT FOR SOME REASON.
Bayfield: I think if you could bash out a song in under 30 minutes that would mean you were making techno music though and no-one would wish that upon you. Long-term the long haul approach is usually the real winner. Means you really develop ideas and styles as opposed to just slathering presets about the gaff.
IGLOOGHOST: IDK PPL LIKE PHARRELL MAKE LIKE CLASSIC BEATS IN 15 MINUTES IT’S FUCKED UP. FOOTWORK GUYS TOO.
Bayfield: Yeah good point Pharrell & DJ Rashad basically undercut everything I just said in the previous sentence… Bastards / Geniuses. So you work in straight 12 hour sessions with no breaks?! I thought only the kidz that make Nike trainers work them sort of hours!
IGLOOGHOST: YEH IT’S HORRIBLE BUT I GET MORE STRESSED OUT IF I’M NOT WORKIN ON STUFF. THAT’S MORE GRUELLING TO ME. LIKE WHEN I HAVE TO SIT IN AIRPORTS I START BREAKIN SWEATS THINKING OF ALL THIS TIME THAT COULD B SPENT MAKIN BANGERS. I MIGHT TAKE A BREAK ON A SUNDAY BUT I’LL STILL BE COLLECTING SOUNDS & STUFF.
NOT THAT I’M ADVISING EVERYONE TO DO THAT CUS IT MIGHT DRIVE SOME PPL MAD. IT’S MORE ABOUT FIGURIN OUT WHAT UR BEST WAY OF WORKING IS & MINE HAPPENS TO BE ON SOME CATHOLIC SELF-PUNISHMENT SHIT.
Bayfield: That’s sage advice. I tend to roll with the always busy approach. Although I do like a good EastEnders / Charles Bronson film break though… And tea I need tea.
IGLOOGHOST: YEH I RECOMMEND TEA EVERY HALF AN HOUR HONESTLY. BOIL THE KETTLE & SORT OF JUMP ABOUT IN THE KITCHEN FOR 4 MINUTES THEN GET BACK ON DA DAMN GRIND YALL.
Bayfield: Yeh a mid-brewing process jump about is good. Keep the endorphins pumping through those tense infusion moments. As a Ghost whose sound is more or less a big, hot, steamy pile of errrthang what do you listen to as a consumer?
IGLOOGHOST: LEMME CHECK WHAT’S ON MY PHONE RN. SO I BEEN LOVIN THE NEW SWANS. IT’S BASICALLY SWANS IN GOD-MODE SWANS. 20 MINUTE SONGS THAT SOUND LIKE UR BEING PUMMELLED REPEATEDLY BY SOME KIND OF GIANT STEEL HAMMER FOR ETERNITY. I BEEN FUCKIN W THIS ALBUM CALLED I TRAWL THE MEGAHERTZ BY A GUY CALLED PADDY MCALOON. IT’S JUST RLLY BLISSED OUT INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER POP MADE BY A BLIND GUY. PUTS U IN A DAZE. ALSO THIS GUY FROM JAPAN CALLED FOODMAN DROPPED A WICKED ALBUM CALLED EZ MINZOKU & IT’S LIKE FOOTWORK GOT PULLED APART BY A GENIUS 4 YR OLD OR SOMETHING. IT’S BROKEN & WEIRD & COLOURFUL. CHECK DAT CHECK DAT.
Bayfield: Oooooooooooooh Foodman is a fluffing percy!!! Love dat new one. It’s like Pingu wonking about the gaff in a 160bpm washing machine. Will deffo check out the other bits. Know some of Swans but never really jumped in with both feet.
So we know about the music of the Igloo. What about the food. Are you as much of a masterchef in the kitchens as the studio or are you more a Pot Noodle type of brother?
IGLOOGHOST: I’M A VEGAN BITCH BOI ALL I EAT IS BAKED BEANS. ACTUALLY I BEEN COOKIN HELLA VEGAN EGGS RECENTS. IT’S A REAL THING. ERRYDAY I’M GETTIN EMOTIONAL OVER BEING ABLE TO EAT SCRAMBLED EGG AGAIN I’M HASHTAG BLESSED.
Bayfield: Whoa whoa whoa hold the hashtag fuckin’ phone here son… VEGAN EGGZ?? Someone (you) please explain?
IGLOOGHOST: YEH M8. EGGS. FOR VEGANS.
Bayfield: Double You Tee Eff
IGLOOGHOST: SO IT LIKE LEGIT COMES IN AN EGGBOX, BUT IT’S THIS EGGY SMELLIN POWDER U JUST MIX W WATER & THEN BAM U GOT EGG GLOOP. FRY IT SCRAMBLE IT BAKE WITH IT DA WORLD IS YOURS.
Bayfield: I like that it comes in an egg box that’s nice. Do they taste bare (read: very) eggy?
IGLOOGHOST: YEH FO SHO. I’M SAYING IT’S LIKE 8/10 ON THE SIMILARITY SCALE. IT’S TEXTURALLY THE SAME AS WELL. REALLY WEIRD. THERE’S LIKE SOME SULFUROUS SALT IN IT I THINK & IT’S LIKE NOTORIOUSLY MAD EGG-LIKE.
Bayfield: Yep my limited scientific knowledge seems to recall sulphur smelling egg-like… I think I know that because that’s how Anne Heche can smell the titular Volcano in the Tommy-Lee Jones helmed 1997 classic Volcano. That’s how I know that.
Right let’s talk about your upcoming appearance at Sequences Festival in Bristol as they asked me very nicely if I would ask you about that and I’m still yet to see you live in da flesh and on da stage so dunno what you get up to. What can peeps expect from an IglooGhost show?
IGLOOGHOST: YEH THAT THING’S GONNA BE FUN COS I’D PROBABLY GO EVEN IF I WASN’T PLAYING. NOVELIST & MACHINEDRUM PLAYIN THE SAME ROOM IS WEIRD & I LIKE IT. WHEN I PLAY LIVE I PRESS BUTTONS & MESS ABOUT W MY SONGS & CHANGE EM & STUFF. IT’S FUN IT’S KIND OF LIKE JAZZ FOR GAMECUBE ENTHUSIASTS.
Bayfield: That sounds swell because I love Gamecube and don’t really get down with the jazz on its own so much so maybe this will bridge the gap. Pikmin is my favourite Gamecube related thing ever by the way!
IGLOOGHOST: THAT’S ONE OF THOSE #CLASSIX THAT I NEVER ACTUALLY ENDED UP PLAYING EVER.
Bayfield: Jesus Christ man what the hell are you (not) playing at?! Pikmin is a right gem though it’s okay that you are sad about that. You farm little people of various colours to build your high tech shiny stuff which might be an allegory for the Western World’s attitude towards Asia but I never thought about that aged 15 but have now I’ve written it out and now I feel sick also and it might not be my favourite game ever any more.
IGLOOGHOST: YEAH THEY DIE FOR THE CAUSE TOO. R U AWARE OF WHAT UR DYING FOR, DUDEZ? THAT’S ALSO MY MESSAGE TO ALL THE PPL WHO JOIN THE ARMY & AREN’T FULLY AWARE OF THE CONTEXT THEY R FIGHTING IN. THIS SHIT JUST GOT POLITICAL UH OH ABORT ABORT ABORT!
Bayfield: FACK! IT’S TOO LATE WE’RE ALL GONNA HAVE TO BREXIT THIS CHAT OR SUMFIN!!! … So see you at Sequences in Bristol for a vegan pint yeh Mr Igloo?
IGLOOGHOST: YES PLAYA.
Bayfield: Oh actually nah just before we hit the road to Mandalay where we can no longer go because it’s not part of the EU: What NEU music have you got in the pipes?
IGLOOGHOST: DUN BEEN WRITIN AN ALBUM SINCE DECEMBER I THINK. IT’S TURNED ME INTO A MONK & I HAVE GIANT BLACK EYE BAGS AT ALL TIMES. HOPEFULLY WILL BE OUT BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS. IT’S RLLY COMPLICATED & IS PART OF A GIANT NARRATIVE & THE ALBUM’S TITLE HAS 8 LETTERS IN IT, AS OF RIGHT NOW. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF PRODUCERS MAKE ALBUMS ANYMORE SO I BASICALLY HAVEN’T ANYTHING TO MODEL THE STRUCTURE OF IT ON. I HOPE PPL LIKE IT & LET ME DO MORE & MAKE LITTLE TOYS OF MY CHARACTERS.
Bayfield: Ah yeah I love albums! I’m a secret prog and psychedelic rock hermit at heart. Is it a continuation of the worm narrative from the previous release? Also it a Brainfeeder bit?
IGLOOGHOST: YEH IT 100% TIES INTO THAT STORY & GIVES IT A LOT MORE CONTEXT. BEEN WORKING RLLY HARD ON CRAFTING MY OWN LIL UNIVERSE &&& YEP IT’LL BE ON BRAINFEEDER!
Bayfield: Ah that’s great news!! Lovely stuff indeed. I will be buying and hearing it one hunned percent. OK IGLOO. Afraid I have to go back to the day job now (sadface) but thanks for your time was a most enjoyable waffle indeed! Will definitely shout you at Sequences.
IGLOOGHOST: THANKS FAM WAS FUN!
Bayfield: Real talk fam one hunned gun emoji fire emoji bicep emojo
IGLOOGHOST: 100 emoji (x25)
You can catch IGLOOGHOST live and in the flesh with a myriad of other musical marvels inc. Novelist, Machinedrum, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Commodo, Silkie and a bunch more at Sequences in Bristol on Saturday 23rd July. Stop being a spoilt sport and sign up HERE
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