What was the beginning point for your music career?How did it all start?
What got me involved in music in the first place was the punk,new wave explosion,it changed my perception in being able to be in a band,it was the get up and give it a go attitude and see where it leads approach appealed to me.Minimal experience but it didn’t matter it was the ideas that counted,this diy approach got people involved in music who would not thought of it before.
All the bands i have been involved with beginning with the ISAWS and my current one VENUS FLY TRAP appear on VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN) a career spanning retrospective that includes the best of VFT and other bands,projects i have been involved with including ISAWS,RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE,TEMPEST,ATTRITION,NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY,THE DEN and SPORE,for people to delve into and explore further if they wish.
Was there any bumps on the road?What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
Usually you get disappointed especially if you see potential in what you are doing and it falls apart,especially if you have put a lot of work in .But sometimes this is how the cookie crumbles and you have to learn deal with it and move on.
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
Plenty of moments thus far,always looking to the next project,release.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We have been described as “bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades”,we create dark sonic cinema for the mind,film noir,sci fi soundscapes that absorb post punk,electronica and meld joy division,doors,chemical brothers like melted wax crayon colours.
What is your creative process like?
To write a song we would start with a riff,just guitar and vocal,the riff would suggest a lyric and with a bit of jamming there would be an embryonic version of a song,not all these ideas would come to anything,but are kept for possible future use.ANDY DENTON(guitar/programming) would take these ideas away and come up with a basic backing track to then add more lyrics to and work out a structure,a lot of going back and forwards from rehersal to studio,we would end up with a song we were happy with.
The most recent studio album ICON was lyrically inspired by the Warhol quote”in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”,the idea of being famous for being famous,celebrity,idols,the new religion.Did we create God,gods with our fertile imaginations and scifi alongsideTarantino movies all added to the mix.
If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
Do your own thing,make your own rules,theres always an alternative.
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands what would that be?
Put the work in build up an audience,get out and play(when we can again),perseverance…
If you didn’t become a musician what would you be doing now?
Something creative,come from a design background but i also run a record shop SPIRAL ARCHIVE RECORDS…
What is new with the band at the moment?
Just released the download single ACHILLES HEEL…
heres the video…
The track appears on the forthcoming album out in march VENUS FLY TRAP-TIME LAPSE CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN) its a selection of tracks from the albums TOTEM,PANDORAS BOX and LUNA TIDE,placed together as a possible alternative album in this alternate reality.