Interview with

Bintus

In 2014 Bintus aka Milo Smee takes the wheel, with an expedition into the occult history of Acid, Electro and Techno on his own recently manifested record label ‘Power Vacuum’, which receives on-going support from Surgeon, 2562, Objekt, Rand omer, Blawan, Perc, Truss, Mark Broom etc. His recent LP ‘Live* & Locked’ has formed the basis of a pummeling new live set, which recently debuted at Berlin’s renowned techno cathedral – Berghain. His DJ sets are a nitrous mix of Techno (particularly early 90’s hardcore rave) Acid, Electro and modern twists there-of, as demonstrated in his Bintus DJ mix for Rubadub and the recent live mix on the Hessle Audio Show (Rinse FM). In the beginning of August 2015, Bintus will play at  KRAKE Festival, the annual Berlin based fes­ti­val for chal­leng­ing electronic music.

Facts

1: Steve Davis has another World Title in him.

2: I would like to go for a pint with Dr. Paul LaViolette and talk about the galactic core.

3: Slices of beetroot on an egg mayo sand wich works well.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
What I’ve heard before X imagination – the brain then I guess. Unless that comes from simply being a conduit of the universal information field.

How and when did you get into making music?
Through long summer holidays in a quiet village where my neighbour and I pooled resources. He had most of it actually, but by about 1986 we had a yamaha 4 track tape, Cheeteah MD8, Commodore music computer, Yamaha CS01, Yamaha DX21, couple of other bits. I contributed a small drum kit and Casio Sk1. My first serious attempt at making a tune was in 1989 which was also when I did work experience in a local recording studio and joined my first proper band .

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Im not going to spend time on this cause I’ll constantly change my mind, so in no particular order:
The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials
Bruce Haak – The Electric Lucifer
Pretty Things – SF Sorrow
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Autechre – Untitled

What do you associate with Berlin?
Plenty of space, its relaxed, late nights – the usual.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
I like this restaurant called La Pecora Nera, because the food is really salty how I like, and the second most expensive red wine by the glass is good, as is the atmosphere.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I was flirting with photography and stop frame animation at art collage for a while which I enjoyed. Also interested in Cosmology in a ‘read lots, but understand nothing’ kind of way.

What was the last record you bought?
Three albums from a market. Two were excellent which were: Arthur Browns’ Kingdom Come ‘Journey’ and Fehlfarben ’33 TAGE IN KETTEN’

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Tuff question of course, but lets say Delia Derbyshire. If it had to be someone alive – perhaps Prince or Kate Bush.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Hmmm, Beastie Boys at London Astoria was excellent – I think that was June’94, and then everyone who went to that gig that i knew bleached their hair the next day, myself included.

How important is technology to your creative process?
Exceedingly, I wouldn’t get anything done otherwise.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
Yes, an older and younger brother. not sure actually, I haven’t asked them outright. They have probably given up thinking Ill get a proper job – so nows obviously the time to do that. I was doing music and in a band with my younger brother for about 15 years anyway, so he knows the drill.

Our Favourites: Reflections on brown  | Corrosion control |  Against the clock

Links: Soundcloud |  powervacuum.net