Tongdogs

Tongdogs

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Tongdogs

When did the project begin? and How did you meet yourselves?

Well It’s always been a small hobby of mine, my main thing being an illustrator (tongdogs.tumblr.com) so the music has fit around that but I’ve been making little tracks and putting together albums for a few years just by myself as a hobby and with a mate called Ekstraternek. About a year ago I started collaborating with people like Ben Arrowsuch, Jez Hogarth, Ollie St Claire Terry, Dan Blackburn, Tom Taylor and Claire Marie whom I work with today. Most of us are currently working together under the collective name Day One (dayonecollective.tumblr.com) which encompasses the group albums and various visual illustrative projects we take on. In the greater scheme of things Day One is a family and I am a mere little lad with pudding around his face.

What song of yours is the one you like the most?

I’ll have to go with ‘Yesterday Was The Morning Of Today’. It’s been a favourite of mine since I finished it

How do you write your music?

Usually it starts from a sound or a tune but usually from a sound. I like the idea of building tracks up as little environments without lyrics, don’t get me wrong I love a bit of a sing-song but I find myself working with noise and ambience more. It lets me create a feeling and a setting but I guess 2 minutes of audio is a song… isn’t it?

What influences do you have?

Straight off the bat Brian Eno, a massive influence on me. The reasons I’m sure are obvious. I’m a sucker for lofi recordings like early Beck, Ween and Charlie Mcalister to name a few. It’s quite hard to pull off a lofi album and have it not sound shit.
Recently I’ve been getting into Aphex Twin and BoC quite a bit, some might say I’m a little late to the party but I’m laughing all the way to the crisps and dip to the sound of ethereal beats.
Oh and I’m incredibly fond of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Old, weird America is where it’s at. I only wish there was a British counterpart, I have to rely on bands like Fairport convention and various recordings from the sound archive of the British Library to get my fix a little closer to home.

What plans do you have this year?

Day One have an album in the works “Captain Blackburn & The Space Birds” (it’s a working title). It should the first full concept album in my discography so we’re hyped for that.
Think synthetic sea shantys with a space opera backdrop… yeah, we’re excited as well.

musicsoundrocks2 - copiaMention something you don´t like about your project.

I suppose sometimes I do tend to rush things. I like that style of working and it does give me some really fun and interesting results but sometimes a track doesn’t mature with each listen, it stays stagnant like a puddle of urine. case in point I’m struggling to find solace in my album “Music For Maggots”. In it I went full lofi, some parts of it do work quite nicely but as a whole I think it could be touched up a little more.

Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project.

Well I’m pleased to say I haven’t sacrificed a whole lot, this is literally a hobby of mine so I just do it in my spare time which is perfect.

What band, music project or solist from your city do you like?

He’s actually someone I’ve worked with in previous albums, ‘Escapist’ or Jezza Hogarth as I know him. He takes the ambient stuff I like to do but extends it to mammoth proportions, the sheer scale of each track is immense with so many layers it becomes an experience.
Go to his Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/j-hogarth) and play ‘Fortitude (waltz in C# Minor) preferably plugged into a big ol’ amp and played to the max.. earth shattering.

If your project was a word, what would it be?

– Infinite ∞


– Tongdogs. Currently sitting at my desk sipping a cup of tea with the window open. Temperature currently a very pleasant 14°C with the promise of a bright day with humidity to be at a very reasonable 39% xox

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