“Edward Ka-Spel (born January 23, 1954 in London, England) is an expatriate English singer, songwriter and musician residing in the Netherlands. He is probably best known as the lead singer, songwriter and co-founder (with Phil “The Silverman” Knight) of the prolific underground band The Legendary Pink Dots.” [via discogs]
How would you summarize this past year on an artistic and personal level? – Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?
It has been an intense year (ha, aren’t they all?). Basically a stream of LPD related releases, all with new material; songs written for an album yet to come and 2 small tours. There has been little downtime – absolutely no rest for the wicked. I find myself working out chord sequences in the middle of the night, really unable just “switch off”. Probably very unhealthy but…
Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?
Which album did I play more than any other… hard to say. Listened to a lot of records from the old Lovely Music label – David Behrman especially. I also recommend Razen – a wonderful Belgian band that reminds me of Third Ear Band (a long term favourite of mine)…
What was the best gig you’ve attended?
I DID actually see one show last year – Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra at London, Roundhouse… An excellent show it was, and the only time I ventured out to see another band.
What was the best non-music related cultural experience you’ve had?
Probably the “Black Mirror” TV series from Charlie Brooker… 6 dystopian nightmares.
Was there an event within this past year that has significantly influenced your philosophy and outlook on life, or your perception of the world around you? For instance some specific place you visited, people you met and so on?
No specific event, just a creeping sense of alarm at the sheer intolerance that seems to be growing everywhere right now. I have the feeling that there are a number of prominent politicians (especially here in the UK) who read Orwell’s 1984 and decided to use it as a template for their take on how the World needs to be.
What was your greatest disappointment in 2014?
The fact that Global Utopia moved a few steps backwards.
Your plans, hopes and expectations for 2015?
World peace, learning to cook a perfect curry.