WITH ELENOR RAYNOR
DATE 05 JUNE 2004
BY GORDON TAYLOR OF INFECTIOUS UNEASE RADIO
Raynor is a well established respected musician in Melbourne
Victoria Australia. Her voice has a wide octave range
that is sensually pleasing to the ear. Her music is a
well crafted a blend of electronic, trip hop, electro,
and trance sound. She is very industrious working in many
music projects. On Sunday 13th June 2004, she played three
separate bands at three separate venues all on the same
night. I imagine her speeding around Melbourne to complete
each gig. She is a highly professional woman and very
much down to earth. And a always a pleasure to interview
live on Infectious Unease Radio.
MEMBERS: ELENOR RAYNOR
People don’t go out to clubs to get laid
Sobriquet version 1.1
XLS - Venusa XX CD (Side-line femmale goth/industrial
Never Come Down (collaboration with Pound System) -You
Makes Sense (Dancenet) Triple J's Mix-Up.
And More - Every Picture Tells A Story.
Pandemonium (collaboration with Other Peoples Children)
-Refashioned (Creative Vibes).
People Don't Go Out To Clubs To Get Laid (live version)
- 3RRR's Used and Recorded By.
Saturation - Scootver VI (Scooter).
Amphibian Preset (Sobriquet remix) - Nerve Agent (Festival).
Goodness - Dragonflight.
Pineapple Slice - Dragonflight.
Nobody Lives Here - Beatscootin (Groovescooter).
Jazz (collaboration with Starr) - Hempsense
WEB PAGE: http://www.sobriquet.org/
GORDON TAYLOR OF INFECTIOUS UNEASE RADIO
WHAT AGE DID YOU TAKE UP MUSIC, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO TAKE
UP MUSIC? AND WHEN DID SOBRIQUET FIRST BEGIN?
to my mum, apparently I wrote my first song at the age
of 2... she can still remember how it goes so it must
have been pretty catchy! Then I started playing bass guitar
at the age of 14 in a band with friends from school and
we were playing in pubs and clubs around town. I can't
actually remember the moment when I decided that music
was going to be the main thing in my life, it's something
I've always known.
PREVIOUS BANDS HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN? WHAT STYLES
OF MUSIC DID YOU PLAY IN THESE BANDS?
I started playing in a band called Soulscraper about 10
years ago after I bought my first keyboard. The music
was industrial with really strong melodies and emotions.
We released 2 EPs (one called "Heard It All Before"
and one called "Neoanarcho").
WHAT INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT DO
YOU USE WHEN PRODUCING AND PERFORMING YOUR MUSIC?
When writing I use a PC running Cubase. Also lots of other
programs like ReBirth & other software. I also use
hardware: got some analogue synths & modules and my
trusty ASR 10 sampler which I've had for 10 years. And
I use guitars, bass, vocals. Live, I just take the ASR10
coz it has all my samples in it, also built-in fx like
reasonance filters so it is a really flexible instrument
for playing live.
CREATIVE PROCESS DO YOU GO THROUGH WHEN COMPOSING YOUR
it's weird but i just kind of get an overwhelming idea
for a song and it kind of takes over. I never plan to
write something in particular, it's all just emotions
coming out. My songs are dead honest.
YOU HAVE SIDE PROJECT CALLED CRYSTALLINE EFFECT. HOW DID
THIS BEGIN AND HOW DID MEET PETER CRANE FROM LADY HOUSE
Crystalline Effect started when Peter Crane put an ad
up on Primary for a singer. With Sobriquet I do all the
programming as well as writing the vocals but when I saw
his ad I thought it would be good to work with someone
else doing the programming and I could focus 100% on just
the melody and lyrics. As a result, I think the lyrics
I write for The Crystalline Effect are my best. With Sobriquet,
I can convey some of the meaning in the music but with
TCE, I have to condense it all into the lyrics. So we
end up with songs that are very deeply emotional. The
name The Crystalline Effect came from a vocal effect I
used on one of our songs.
WHAT OTHER COLLABORATIONS HAVE YOU
BEEN INVOLVED IN?
I have a third project called "I Forget" which
is going really, really well and is very exciting. The
3 others in the band are all top musicians and programmers.
I write the songs for this project but their input refines
the songs and it s sounding so good! We spend heaps of
time working together and have just about finished an
album. We're also just starting to play live. I also play
live keyboards in Snog, do lots of vocals for assorted
people such as Jim & Greg from Discordia's new project,
also for Pound System, Electrosausage and have done tracks
with people like Ehsan from Bubble & Squeak, Ben Trudinger,
Jason Sweeney from Prettyboycrossover...lots of people
YOU HAVE REMIXED A TRACK FOR THE BAND HUNGARY LUCY’S
ALBUM GLO. HOW DID YOU MEET HUNGARY LUCY? WHAT WAS IT
LIKE WORKING WITH THEM?
Both Hungry Lucy and Sobriquet were on a compilation called
Venusa and they heard my track "xls" and asked
me to remix one of their songs for their double album
Glo. So I listened to their stuff and chose a track called
"In The Circle" and it turned out really well
and is on their album. It was actually the first time
I've done a remix for a band that has vocals. Uusally
I get asked to do dark remixes for people in the dance
scene so this was a change to work with a vocalist, but
she has such a beautiful, delicate voice that I could
relate to the emotion in the song.
YOU HAVE PRODUCED MUSIC FOR FILM,
TV AND VIDEO’S COULD YOU TELL ME WHO YOU HAVE WORK
FOR. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING FOR THESES ORGANIZATION?
YOU HAVE PRODUCED A TRACK CALLED ”EYESORE”
FOR A NEW AUSTRALIAN MOVIE CALLED RAZOR EATER YOU COULD
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THIS FILM AND HOW DID FILMMAKERS
GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU?
I don't really pay much attention to when people use my
songs on TV, film etc. It's flattering when they do but
that's not the reason I write music. If someone happens
to relate to a track and wants to use it, then that's
usually okay with me.
COULD YOU DESCRIBE SOME OF THE MUSIC VIDEOS YOU HAVE MADE?
enjoy making videos, although I don't find it anywhere
near as satisfying as making songs. I think I've done
YOUR VIDEOS HAVE BEEN PLAYED ON
ALCHEMY. CHANNEL V, AND CHANNEL 31. WHAT SORT PROCESS
DID HAVE GO THROUGH TO HAVE YOUR WORK AIRED ON THESE TYPES
videos are all totally different to each other and I think
those shows like the variety.
WHEN YOU GET THE TIME WHAT MUSIC DO YOU ENJOY LISTENING
I get something I really love, I listen to it constantly.
I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR ALBUM “JULY”
FOR IT DIVERSE SOUND. WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND
THE MUSIC AND LYRICS? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO PRODUCE
AND WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF PRODUCTION!
you liked July. It's actually a very personal album. Originally
I never intended to release it, it was just for me but
people persuaded me and now I'm kind of pleased that people
like it so much. I
get lots of emails from people telling me that certain
songs mean a lot to them. So that's satisfying. There
are some really, really old songs on that album, such
as "Eve" which was the first song I ever programmed.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM COULD YOU TELL ME MORE
ABOUT IT AND WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED?
new Sobriquet album is called "A Salamander Has Become
Unhappy". I'm not sure when it will be released,
I don't want to rush it. At the moment I've put it on
hold while I finish the "I Forget" album coz
it's hard to be in two different frames of mind. The two
bands are completely different and I don't want to diffuse
the strength of either of them by working on both at once.
YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN ON A LOT OF
COMPILATIONS. WHAT COMPILATIONS WHERE THEY.
I lost count after number 20 compilation. Occasionally
I find a cd in a shop with one of my songs on it that
I didn't even know about! That happened with a Triple
J Mix-Up album. So I bought it and it was a great album.
My favorites are the Venusa album coz that's all female
vocalists and there are some great songs on that. I also
like an Australian compilation called "Beatscootin"
which I listen to a lot.
WHAT GIGS DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST
AND WHAT WAS THE AUDIENCE RESPONSE?
I enjoy all gigs as long as the sound is good which it
is most of the time. Probably my favorite gig was at the
Goth Ball in Auckland last year. On the bill were some
really, really good bands and I
enjoyed all their sets and then played quite a mixture
of different styles and the crowd got into it all which
THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL INCORPORATED WITHIN YOUR PERFORMANCES?
The live shows are all really intense.
WHEN YOU HAVE A PERFORMANCE WHAT
GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE ON THAT STAGE. WHAT
IS IT THAT YOU FEEL? WHAT SORT OF EMOTIONS DO YOU GO THROUGH
WHEN THE EYES OF THE AUDIENCE ARE ON YOU?
song has its own emotion and every time we play I relive
the whole thing. After a gig I always feel very drained.
WHAT MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES HAVE
YOU HAD WHEN PLAYING LIVE?
I remember people saying things like how they relate to
the songs and how they affect them. Some people have said
my songs have helped them through difficult situations
in their lives.
YOU HAVE ANY FUNNY OR INTERESTING EXPERIENCES YOU WOULD
LIKE TO TALK ABOUT?
of things happen on tour that are really really UNfunny
at the time but once we get home, it's okay. Like the
time the keys got locked in my car with the motor running
parked sideways across the street outside the airport
with about 2 minutes to go before our flight to Hobart....
ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
Nothing is really planned. I have a need to write songs
and that's all I care about. When there seem to be enough
of them that fit together well, that becomes a new Sobriquet
album. The next one will be called "a salamander
has become unhappy".