had the pleasure of talking to Duncan Little Of Basitch.
Bastich is a wonderful solo project that comes from Melbourne
Victoria Australia. Bastich express’s such diverse
sound that challenges the listener thoughts and Emotions
and allowing the listener to escape into the music. I
discover Bastich and what makes Duncan Little tick in
BAND MEMBERS: DUNCAN LITTLE
DISCOGRAPHY: “LIVE DEMO” PROMO CD-R 2003
“ WELCOME” PROMO CD-R 2004
BANDS WEB PAGE: http://www.mp3.com.au/Bastich
(news, pictures, links)
BANDS EMAIL ADDRESS: dunconus
GORDON TAYLOR OF INFECTIOUS UNEASE RADIO
AT WHAT AGE DID YOU TAKE UP MUSIC, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO
TAKE UP MUSIC, AND HOW DID BASTICH BEGIN.
have loved music for as long as I can remember, some of
my earliest and best childhood memories are of going through
my Dad’s record collection, bands such as The Beatles,
Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, The Who and Led
Zeppelin among my favourites during these formative years.
Hmm… looking at this list now it’s easy to
see how all that psychedelic, progressive and hard rock
laid the foundation for my tastes in music today. During
my school years I dabbled in many instruments (wind instruments,
guitar, percussion, drums) while continuing to expand
and explore my musical tastes, until I guess I reached
a turning point when I got my first sequencer on PC when
I was 16 and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve
had a couple of other solo projects that were entirely
computer based however a desire to perform my solo stuff
live lead to a slow accumulation of new equipment over
a couple of years. The new equipment worked great and
the capabilities and sounds of the equipment lead to another
expansion and evolution of my style which culminated in
the beginning of Bastich in October 2002.
PREVIOUS BANDS HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? WHAT STYLES
OF MUSIC DID YOU PLAY IN THESE BANDS?
– now defunct solo project I had going in Canberra
between 1995 - 1997, industrial.
Eat – a band I played guitar in, back in Canberra
between 1996 – 1997, hardcore punk.
El Destructo – a band I played keyboards and samples
in, Melbourne 1998 – 2000, modern/thrash metal.
Monkey Lung – solo project started in 1998, currently
on hold but planning on bringing it back as a band in
the future, industrial/hardcore/metal. www.mp3.com.au/monkeylung
INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE WHEN PRODUCING AND
PERFORMING YOUR MUSIC?
use a Roland D2 Groove box and Yamaha SU200 sampler to
produce the majority of the sounds, plus a CD player live
to play samples too large for the SU200’s memory,
also a Digitech RP-5 for effects. These are all run through
a Mackie mixing console which I use both live and in the
studio. Also a Roland PC-70 midi keyboard is used to control
the groove box sounds while playing. In the studio music
is recorded to computer via a ST Audio DSP2000 C-Port
CREATIVE PROCESS DO YOU GO THROUGH WHEN COMPOSING YOUR
usually starts with a sound or rhythm flying around my
head. I then try to reproduce this sound using my instruments.
From there it gets built up sometimes in a composed manner
where the music is continually evolving in my head first
or sometimes in am improvised experimental manner, depending
on my thoughts and mood.
HAVE SONGS THAT EXPRESS EMOTION, WHAT INSPIRES YOU
large range of things, from world events to every day
life, normally things that make me angry, fearful or sad
as I seem better able to express these feelings musically
than the positive ones, although I might get better at
it one day.
YOU INFLUENCED BY BOOKS OR MOVIES OR PLAYS?
much so, I watch movies of many genres regularly and read
quite a lot. I am especially keen on reading books on
science and history and find these very inspiring in my
music, for in the field of science and in our historical
records can be found some of humankinds greatest triumphs
and worst horrors.
YOU GET THE TIME WHAT MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO?
on my mood I listen to, experimental ambient, noise, big
beat, break beat, drum’n’base, industrial
(practically all types from purely electronic to extreme
metal with sequencers), Goth, metal/rock, punk, hip hop,
pop and probably some others I can’t think of right
YOUR MUSIC HAS MANY STYLES OF SOUND. TO PEOPLE WHO MAY
NOT OF HEARD BASTICH HOW WOULD OF YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND
atmospheric industrial with sounds drawn from many influences.
Moods ranging from ambient to intense.
DO YOU THINK OF THE SUBCULTURE IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA?
I have found the people to be very friendly and accessible.
The subculture also has a strong presence and sense of
community in Melbourne which is great for up and coming
artists such as myself as it makes it a lot easier to
find a receptive audience for my music.
HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN FOR YOUR PROMO CDS?
response has been very positive so far and they have helped
me secure some gigs and have been a great promotional
tool in general.
LONG DID IT TAKE TO PRODUCE THEM
demo” was very quick as it was a live to hard drive
recording of me practicing my live set which I then burnt
to CD at home. “Welcome” has taken a lot longer
with writing commencing at the very inception of Bastich
and finishing last year. I have started burning promo
versions at home and will upload it to the mp3 site soon,
I also will have some professionally pressed and printed
when I have the funds.
HAVE YOU TOURED, ARE YOU PLANNING ANY UP AND COMING TOURS?
gigs around Melbourne so far. I have no plans to tour
yet other than a slim possibility of late this year or
sometime next year.
BANDS HAVE YOU PERFORM GIGS WITH
60, Sound of Confusion, Nevadream, The Redresser, Silence
Means Everything, Motif.
GIGS DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST AND WHAT WAS THE AUDIENCE
most fun gig was my most recent at Republika back in January.
I had a lot of fun playing my stuff and tried out some
new material which got a few people dancing so I was very
happy all round.
THERE BEEN ANY GIGS IN WHICH YOU HAVE NOT SO MUCH ENJOYED?
really, I love performing my music live, I’ve had
a few nervous moments as it can be easy to lose track
of what I have to do next but generally it’s all
THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL INCORPORATED WITHIN YOUR PERFORMANCES?
yet other than the music, I plan on introducing visual
YOU HAVE A PERFORMANCE WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN
YOU ARE ON THE STAGE. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU FEEL? WHAT SORT
OF EMOTIONS DO YOU GO THROUGH WHEN THE EYES OF THE AUDIENCE
ARE ON YOU?
generally feel nervously exhilarated with some influence
from what I’m playing as well. I however don’t
generally dwell on my emotions when performing, as I’m
usually thinking about what I have to do next.
MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES HAVE YOU HAD BEING IN BASTICH ?
gigs have all been pretty memorable, but I can’t
think of any good anecdotes at the moment. I hope to collect
lots of good stories when I eventually tour.
YOU HAVE ANY FUNNY OR INTERESTING EXPERIENCES YOU WOULD
LIKE TO TALK ABOUT?
think of anything that won’t incriminate me at the
WHICH COUNTRIES DO YOU RECEIVE THE MOST RESPONSE FROM?
Bastich I get the most response from here in Australia,
as that is where I have aimed the bulk of my promotional
efforts. I have also received some feed back from people
in the US and in Europe.
ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
continue to write and record and to take my music to other
locations around Australia and generally see how far I
can take this thing.
THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE READERS OUT
everything; don’t take anything for granted….
And come to my shows!