Interview: techno producer Daniel Avery on debut album Drone Logic
'I wanted to make something Andrew Weatherall would play... Slow, psychedelic acid music'
With the end-of-year ‘best of’ lists due around about now, it remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Avery’s debut album Drone Logic really is the crossover success it feels like at the moment. It breaks few boundaries, but there’s just something about it – it’s a perfectly controlled and executed techno record full of identifiable and irresistible hooks, with a beautiful production veneer to die for.
The 28-year-old grew up in Bournemouth and started out there as a DJ, putting on what he terms alternative nights: ‘the sort of place where you could put on post-punk and electroclash back to back.’ It was when he moved to London that he decided to start producing his own music to play in his sets, and after releasing some music ‘I was happy to put my name to’ on labels including Relish, Throne of Blood and Optimo, his friendship with Erol Alkan sowed the seeds of Drone Logic. ‘The track ‘Drone Logic’ was a big turning point,’ he says. ‘I wanted to make something I could put in Andrew Weatherall’s hands to play, something which encapsulated his A Love From Outer Space nights. Slow, psychedelic acid music.’
The track appeared on the ‘Water Jump EP’, his second release on Alkan’s Phantasy Sound, and would define the style of the subsequent album. ‘That song happened very quickly, it was as if all the ideas I’d had in my head just came pouring out,’ he says. ‘I knew the album was going to be called Drone Logic from that point on, because the track was a very good summary of what I do. Dark, droney dub echoes and psychedelic effects, it’s not particularly fast but it has a certain pulse to it. I think that sums me up well.’
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