Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Two and a Half Questions with Mike Cadoo (Bitcrush / Dryft)

If Epilogue was not the end of Bitcrush, then what was it saying goodbye to?
Maybe I should explain just a bit as Epilogue In Waves was truly intended to be my last album. I simply didn't think I was going to be able to be a full-time father plus run n5MD and mailorder while also making the music I wanted to. I will not do something if I feel that I won't have the time to do it properly and I of course thought that my time was better spent being the best father I could be as well as running the business the best I could.

There are also other factors why I thought it to be the last release. I wondered if I had anything more to say as Bitcrush. So I did have second thoughts about it being the last one a few months into it being out. The two reasons being that I did have more to say, I actually have lots more, and also that I thought that my son would never really know me as “me” if I quit making music. Anyone who knows me or has known me on more than a surface level knows that I would not be who I am without creating music. I really do need to make it.

After all that said... there still is a theme within that album. For most of the songs on it and In Distance I used the ocean as the backdrop. It was time to get the protagonist I hide behind “out of the water”...few people know this but the album could actually have 2 endings... the song “to drown” or “to the beach” (the later is available free via the bitcrush website so anyone can choose their favorite ending). I chose to have the protagonist drown. So to get back to your original question... we are saying goodbye to “him”.

So is there another beginning with Of Embers?
I guess it could be seen as that. Yes.

What is the theme within Of Embers, and how personal is this album to you?
All Bitcrush releases have been very personal. This is one of the main differences between say a Dryft album and a Bitcrush one. Yes Dryft is strictly electronic and is emotional but Bitcrush is however i'm feeling at that very moment recorded into the computer. Lyrically Of Embers is about looking inward and finding who you really are. It is also about how you may have grown into a completely different person than you ever would have thought (for better or worse). Some of us never change, but I think I have changed a great deal, and while writing Of Embers I was thinking about that transition a lot.

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Read the entire interview on Headphone Commute

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Check out yet another interview with Mike Cadoo, this time profiling his label, in our n5MD Label Profile. Headphone Commute also featured a two part Sound Bytes n5MD Special, where we review the new album by Bitcrush and Dryft. Read them here: [part one] [part two]

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