Jazz interview with a very bad musician, as if electronics Budha Building. An interview by email in writing.
JazzBluesNews.com: – First let’s start with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music?
Budha Building: – I have started to make music when I was 10 years old. My first instrument was the violin after that I started getting interested in electronics and made my first electronic instruments and software when i was 15 years old.
JBN: – How did your sound evolve over time? What did you do to find and develop your sound?
BB: – I’m always searching to cross styles in music. In most of my projects I collaborate with other musicians to get more inspired and create new kinds of music.
JBN: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability especially pertaining to rhythm?
BB: – When I’m creating/composing music, I always work in my studio. It’s not really practising but it’s more creating happy accidents. I use a lot of randomness in sound, effects, and pattern generation. After all those happy accidents I tried to structure the music into one involving piece
JBN: – How to prevent disparate influences from coloring what you’re doing?
BB: – I tried to trust my gut feeling nothing more.
JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?
BB: – When I’m focused into enjoying the performance and not on on the imperfection. I embrace the imperfection. The imperfection is needed when you make music with technology.
JBN: – Ism is culled from a variety of lives dates with various performers over the course of a few years. Did your sound evolve during that time? And how did you select the musicians who play on the album?
BB: – With Paul and me only (no other musician). I really love to play first before an audience and develop the music while touring. You then can feel the interaction between audience and musicians to create the best tension within a song
JBN: – What’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?
BB: – I believe you should always follow your gut feeling and if you get into trouble, use your intellect to finish the song. But I prefer to don’t use my intellect too much.
JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; you’re okay with giving the people what they want?
BB: – I want to create a space for my music. The audience is welcome to get into that space when I feel the audience energy, I will react and the audience will get what they want
It’s always an interaction between audience and musicians.
JBN: – Please any memories from gigs, jams, open acts and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?
BB: – I’ve been playing in a lot of different musical scenes. From Jazz, death metal, techno theatre, dance clubs, ambient performance, new age festivals, crossover funk, pop, abstract electronics, Avant-garde, etc etc
What I really enjoy is to get inspired by all those musical scenes.
JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of the standard tunes are half a century old?
BB: – Make them enjoy all kinds of music then they will appreciate jazz also.
JBN: – John Coltrane said that music was his spirit. How do you understand the spirit and the meaning of life?
BB: – Don’t be goal orientated but get curious and find a direction instead.
JBN: – If you could change one thing in the musical world and it would become a reality, what would that be?
BB: – I would love that music it really free and no money is necessary. So that big companies don’t dictate what we should listen to. First it was the record companies and now the distribution channels are telling us what to listen to. If no money is involved people can decide for themselves and no company is interested to influence you.
JBN: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?
BB: – I really love the new album from Jeroen van Vliet’s Moon Trio.
JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?
BB: – I don’t really believe in that I have a message. I think it’s all about the energy and for me the two most important are peacefulness and power. The disbalance between that can be used to move you into any direction.
JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go?
BB: – The grass is always greener on the other side so maybe I should stay where I am now.
JBN: – So putting that all together, how are you able to harness that now?
BB: – All the details are in between the lines.. 🙂
Interview by Simon Sargsyan