1. Growing Up
In primary school, War would get music off his older brother Mahad – he was into Portishead, The Avalanches and MF Doom. War would borrow his MiniDisc player and bring it to school – he would show off. My dad played a lot of funk and disco records while my grandparents would play Irish/Celtic music.
Madlib is a big inspiration on our songwriting. When you consider how an album of his may flow with interludes or perhaps tangents in a track because of the way it’s been chopped – we will try to emulate this feeling within a single track. Even though our performance is completely organic we find a lot of influence from the textures of digital music such as Teebs and Flying Lotus.
3. Your Band
Mudlark is an instrumental two-piece; guitar and drums. Bedroom musicians. We like playing with unique artists. This could be any genre, it’s not important. We feel without considering artists reviving a sound there’s no real direction for musicians these days. Anyone daring to do something different or weird inspires us. As artists we don’t want to limit ourselves to any particular style or application. This might mean we are operating under different aliases, collaborating with different artists, writing film scores or playing different instruments.
4. The Music You Make
We started feeling OK with referring to our genre as ‘experimental’. We’ve put out our EP [Zimdahl] on a limited vinyl pressing, there’s something like 100 left. The digital is out free through Wood & Wire. A good friend and great artist, Oliver Coakley, designed the cover art – it looks great. In a live application it’s definitely worth seeing.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
In Perth, the music scene is a very friendly, strange second cousin. It’s considerably smaller and you have less venues to play at as a local performer. You get this funny cross-contamination of interest from an audience where you go to see an electronic artist on one night and then a band the next at the same venue. You can kind of rely on the venues to keep less than average musicians out. While planning our East coast tour we got the feeling the bands in Sydney had a better quality of sound than those in the other eastern states.