The Cure

Artist Interview with Jeremy

 

The next interview is with Sound Engineer & Producer Jeremy Conlon of Left Of Elephant Sound

I first crossed paths with Jeremy when he was working in a local record store (which now of course doesn't exist)... Jeremy would always order in cool vinyl records and overseas imports such as Three Imaginary Boys by The Cure and Blue Sunshine by The Glove (which I bought during Year 11 High School) and he was always really supportive of local bands and we ended up working together on Seesawtrace recordings (other band). Most recently Jeremy has lent his ear and contributed his engineering skills on the Stormset - Just Like Fashion E.p. A journey which began at his bushland studio (Berringa, Vic) and was then completed with mix-downs across the digital vortex between the new Left Of Elephant Sound studio (Darwin NT) and home.

Image Source:  circus folk archives

Image Source: circus folk archives

Can you tell us how you started out in music and how you became a sound engineer?

I started by being exposed to great music early on, and great quality hi fi units, speakers, amps etc...so early on I had an understanding of what good music sounds like on a good system. I was lucky enough to work in record stores since I left school, got a head full of all kinds of music and genres, played in bands, The Violets, Cooperblack, and I became fascinated with the workings of a studio. I bought a simple set up, Tascam Porta 1  then the 244, did several courses in live mixing and music technology. I guess I just morphed into being a sound engineer, primarily by being a musician first.

what are you currently working on?

Analechi a new electro outfit with Lauren Day, very fun indeed, dirty electro stuff, producing some albums in the NT, Alice Springs and Darwin, meeting great musicians from all over Australia, very lucky.

Image Source:  http://www.anelechi.net/

PC or mac?

Mac, because that's all I ever had access to...doesn't matter though, whatever tools you need to get the job done.

Any advice for people who are starting out recording their own music?

Get the best gear you can afford..read about gear and how to set it up properly and look after it..so much info out there

AND

Listen, listen, read about people's process and inspiration, read some more, listen, do, make mistakes, make more mistakes, make fantastic mistakes, meet other musicians, don't be a hermit, be yourself and do it for you.

 

This interview was originally posted on the old Stormset Blogspot in 2013. For a more recent interview check out Brother From Another Planet by Megan Spencer.

 

The Picture Tour

 

The Cure | 1981

The illusion is shattered

This wouldn't be a true Stormset blog without including loads of stuff about my ultimate fav band The Cure - in particular circa 1981 'Faith' era. If I could zip back in time, my ultimate dream gig would be to see The Cure play during The Picture Tour, 1981. My friend Mary saw them play live in their early days at the Arkaba Hotel in Adelaide (back in her young pub rock days) and she used to tell me how she remembered Robert Smith asking the audience to please give back his old school blazer after someone had stolen it off the stage during their set. Everything else she recalled of her gig memory had been filtered through pretty hazy party mist.

I'd built up this whole picture in my mind of her story being about one of the early 'Faith' shows. After all, Mary's recollections had been sparked by the sight of my much loved hand painted 'Faith' t-shirt (a painting I'd done of the misty cover image on a black long sleeved top), and was proudly wearing while on a horticulture excursion to the Botanic Gardens... (the very same excursion where one of the other students who mostly didn't wish to be there, tried to set fire to a heritage listed tree filled with baby possums). Anyway, then many years later I found out the Adelaide Show of The Picture Tour, originally booked for Thebarton Theatre, had been cancelled due to the band being completely exhausted. So it turns out they'd never even made it to my home town on The Picture Tour (mind you, I wouldn't have been even close to being old enough to go in the first place)... It was actually the 1980 tour when The Cure had played at the Arkaba Hotel that my friend had seen (which still would've been an awesome show).

   - Ah the illusion is shattered.

The Picture Tour - Tour Brochure 1981 

The Picture Tour - Tour Brochure 1981 

Still, I definitely wouldn't swap that experience in a million years for the experience of having actually met RS and given him my very own hand painted 'Faith' t-shirt as a present (2000 Blood Flowers Tour)... Now that really was the ultimate Cure adventure story.

By the way, apparently Robert did get his blazer back.

P.S. Still glad I never purchased that overpriced Picture Tour t-shirt off e-bay on the rebound after missing out on tickets to the Vivid Live Reflections - Trilogy show last time round.

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Band, Concept or Just An Idea?

 
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I love the bit towards the end of this rather obscure and awkward interview that The Cure did with Nina Blackwood for MTV and Robert Smith talks about how at that point in time he felt The Cure to be more of an idea than an actual group... 83' being the time just after the split with bassist Simon Gallup and a period where they had lots of different projects and collaborations on the go at once. 

This kind of relates to Stormset in the way that it is more of a concept/collaboration and creative idea.

 

CD or Vinyl?


There's always been something special about the experience of vinyl... searching out that elusive 12" Single, spending ages cleaning the dust as the record spins before dropping the needle, the warmth of the sound, the pop and crackle. The visual art is a huge part of it all too... 

It sounds like vinyl is becoming the new cool again with a recent increase in sales figures

Vinyal or CD - Which do you prefer?

What was the first record or CD or ever bought, what was it about the experience that made it special?