1 - How did you choose your name - is there a meaning behind it?
The name Allflaws came pretty spontaneously. I did however want something which sounded slightly abrasive and grimy to fit the overall sound and imagery.
Also something that reflected the imperfections, defects and frailties we all have as human beings.
2 - Can you tell us a Tell us little about your background? Where did you grow up, and where are you based now?
My roots are all originally from London. My parents then moved to South Wales and the very picturesque wye valley countryside where I spent the majority of my youth. I then moved to my current location Bristol around 1999 because I completely fell in love with the infamous music scene. It was around that time I really started dabbling in music and various other creative mediums.
3 - How did you get started producing music?
I started producing music because I was an aspiring vocalist/poet and I wanted to put my lyrics over arrangements. I thought rather than working with other producers or just rapping over other people’s records it would be far more empowering to just learn the production myself. I could then merge the vocals and production into my very own particular style.
4 - What do you think stands out the most about your sound?
Probably the vocals, but others may disagree. I personally think that the vocals give the sound more of an identity and a personality that people can recognize and relate too.
5 - When did you first feel that you had finally discovered your own specific sound?
I would say in and around 2006 when making the first Allflaws album release called (These Walls Are Lies). However I would say that I’m always striving to develop the sound and make it more interesting and progressive. I still think that the Allflaws sound can evolve into something more potent and unique. Watch this space hahaha
6 - Do you know what kind of track you want to write before you sit down to make it, or is it more a matter of experimenting and just seeing what happens?
I generally have a concept or working title in my head. The musical style just evolves organically and naturally according to how I’m feeling at the time.
I pretty much write the music first then I begin writing the lyrics to fit the overall sound and mood.
When writing the music I try to be impulsive and let my present feelings and what’s happening at the time influence the sound and style. This allows the process to be more present and free spirited. It can sometimes take 1 day or 1 month to get the musical ideas locked down. When that’s done and dusted I will then start writing the lyrics to the arrangement.
7 - Do you play any instruments?
I can play keyboards moderately to get ideas down but my main instrument would have to be my voice. I am also looking to learn the guitar in the future.
8 - Could you tell us a little bit about your studio? What kind of gear are you using?
I tend to move between studios according to what type of track I am creating at the time. Excuse me for being geeky but here is a little list of some of the things I use:
Adams studio monitors, Ableton and Logic with lots of tasty plugins, 307 and 303 drum machines, Akai Mpc, Techniques 1200’s and lots of dusty old records, SE electronics condenser mic, a good old SM 58 mic, various percussive instruments, Olympus field recorder, Minibrute synth, Mini Moog synth, Access Virus synth, Novation synth, The amazing Roland V synth, various guitars depending on the track. I generally try to mix up digital and analog to make the sound more organic and interesting.
9 - When you perform, what’s your preferred setup and how would you describe your sets? Are they different than your sounds as a producer?
I definitely prefer using a live band when doing sets. I would describe the live sound as very driving, intense and sinister. I try to make the live experience a little bit different from the recordings by using guitars, synths, live drums and other instrumentation to interpret the overall original sound. This can come out in many interesting ways.
10 - When you’re not making or playing/making music, what’s your preferred pastime?
This is a very cliché and typical answer for a hedonistic music person, but Going out until the late hours whilst over indulging in alcohol. I also love playing football. It’s my most natural but wasted talent.
11 - If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing with your life?
I would have to do something else creative and cathartic. I would be a twisted film maker or a depressive/reclusive artist. Or even maybe something within the realms of comedy.
12 - Where do you think you will be musically in the next few years?
It’s hard to envisage where Allflaws will be musically in the future. I just hope that it will evolve and that new creative directions will have been thoroughly explored. It’s so easy to get comfortable and complacent and not try new things. I want the sound to get more daring and challenging.
13 - Are you morning people or night owls?
I’m a roaming night owl chasing the high.
I Love the night because that’s when people seem to finally lose themselves and let go.
14 - What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m actually, a really, really tidy person
15 - A last word…
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars – Oscar Wilde