Counterflows festival – Q&A with organiser Alasdair Campbell
An experimental music festival, with a focus on songwriting
This article is from 2012.
Why should people come to Counterflows?
It is hoped that by opening up the possibilities with a new festival and bringing together, under the festivals banner, new artists, that Counterflows can offer what all culture should, the idea that there are always exciting new experiences in art that may broaden our horizons.
Counterflows is perhaps unusual for being an experimental music festival with an emphasis on song.
The idea for this inaugral Counterflows festival was to look at song in the context of experimental music making. We see song as fundamental to all music. Counterflows has developed and moved on since these initial ideas and the festival will explore the relationship with song and experimental music in different contexts. Intergrity of expression is the key. Everything is deliberate.
Why is bringing local and international scenes together so important?
The importance of the idea of local artists is integral to any festival. Local music making needs to be championed as not some parochial inconsequential activity but as equal to any artistic pursuit. Festivals can enable the juxtaposition of the local and the international and hopefully encourage a modicum of egalitarianism in the music.
You seem keen to provide a varied experience by using a number of different venues and including workshops and screenings.
Absolutely, all art needs to challenge the idea of form and in a music festival it is important to offer the opportunity to take part in various experiences.
What does the future hold for Counterflows?
Counterflows will develop more links with new cities and networks to establish the festival across Europe and hopefully further afield but also continue to reinforce its base in Glasgow and London.