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Interview email exclusive d' Uzi and Ari du 02/10/2007
rédigé le 03/10/2007

Interview email de Ben Shepard, pilier du groupe Uzi And Ari, excellent groupe de pop electronica tout simplement envoûtant. Un groupe, une personnalité attachante à découvrir d'urgence...

Alex:How was born Uzi and Ari?
Ben:I came back in 2003 from living in South America for two years expecting to go to school and become a professor. I started playing music again and it completely consumed me. I still haven't gone back to school.

A:For someone who does'nt know the band, how would you describe its sound?
B:This is something that has always been difficult for me because I am a very immature songwriter. My tastes are very fickle and each record is drastically different than the last, and usually a product of my environment and limitations. I do feel that there is a consistent theme of nostalgia in my music.

A:What artists have influenced you the most?
B:Actually I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin with my Dad which cultivated the desire to create music in me, but my music itself is heavily influenced by Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Mum, Bjork, etc.

A:How long did it take to record "It Is Freezing out"?
B:We had a very strange schedule, working 5 hours at a time, 3-4 days a week because of studio restraints so it stretched to nearly 6 months.

A:Which were your sources of inspiration for this new album?
About what does it speak ?

B:This album was heavily influenced by a lot of avant garde electronic music I was listening to at the time, and also by the fact that we had very limited resources to record live drums. I never expected to make a record that sounded like this. It was sort of a happy coincidence, I suppose. I believe this album to be the most nostalgic, delving back into repressed memories. It sort of helped me make peace with a lot of things.

A:What is your intention with your old songs that you promote on myspace? Do you wish to record the best for a new album?
B:Recently, I have released an old record that has never before seen the light of day. These are songs that are very special to me. I wrote and recorded them in 2 weeks, in a recording studio before I left to go live in South America. They were never released. I wanted to share them with our listeners and give them something 'new' to listen to as we work on our next record 'Headworms.'

A:Which do you enjoy more, performing live or writing and recording?
B:I would much rather perform than write or record. Performing is simple and instantly gratifying. Writing is fulfilling and for that I am grateful but it can be terribly frustrating! There is not much about recording that I enjoy. That is the true 'nose to the grindstone' of this career.

A:What's the most difficult part of being on the road for so long? What's the best part?
B:At our stage, we don't afford many days off on a tour. We had one in 6 weeks on our last tour and that was only because a show was cancelled. Catherine and I were very ill for the first three weeks of the tour and never had a day off to relax and recuperate. What we enjoyed most was meeting so many new people who were touched by our music and making their acquaintance. That is truly precious.

A:Do you prefer to play at home (US) or in Europe?Why?
B:This is a very easy answer. Tour in the US is work, and vacation in Europe. Europeans are much more organized and concerned about making you feel comfortable and taken care of. We always had meals and hotels and lots of free drinks! In the US you're nothing special. We are also still booking our own tours in the US so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.

A:More personal...What do you do when you don't compose or aren't in live tour? (leisures, sports?other?)
B:We work! I enjoy a lot of activities but rarely have time for them. I used to paint quite a bit and I enjoy writing but I don't have much time for those things. We are always saving up for the next recording or new instruments or a van or some sort of related expense. Still waiting for our big break! :)

A:The place where you like to spend more time?
B:My entire family lives in Texas. I have 5 siblings and a dozen nieces and nephews that I only get to see at Christmas. I would like to be able to spend more time with them.

A:One movie, one book, one drink, one band or album.
B:The Science of Sleep. Les Miserables. Chimay Bleu. Efterklang-Under Giant Trees.

A:Your final word.
Thank you so much for your time and interest!