Five Things with Luke Abbott from Szun Waves
1. Growing Up
I grew up in the English countryside surrounded by fields. My father is a big muso and he introduced me to a lot of different music very early on. I’ve played in bands since I was about 14 years old – I used to play drums but I got into synths when I was at art school.
Roedelius and Alice Coltrane are two of my biggest influences, but I’m continually inspired by all different kinds of music. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of new-age ambient and Delta blues. Inspirational ideas come from all areas of life, not just from other music. I find Alan Moore’s ideas about magic really inspirational at the moment; I think he understands some deep truths.
3. Your Band
Szun Waves is an experiment in improvisation. We connected through music, met up in London and recorded our debut record the first time we met. We have a shared love of spiritual jazz and cosmic vibrations. We make it up as we go along, sincerely guided by the universe. We all have a lot of other projects too; I release as a solo artist and do production and mixing work too. Recently I mixed the Gold Panda album and currently I’m working on a record with a band called Gulp.
4. The Music You Make
Szun Waves make cataclysm-funk, antibody polymorph-rock, heavy sports jazz, rhizome five jams, ambient siren showers. We are the anti-jazz, the real jazz and the unheard jazz. We recorded our first album at James Holden’s studio in London, and we’ve started work on the second already.
5. Music, Right Here, Right Now
‘The music scene’ isn’t anything; it’s what you make of it, you can ignore it. The best music scene happens behind closed doors with no audience, for the pleasure of the cosmos. Find like-minded people and go somewhere far away from all the noise, that’s where it’s at.
[Szun Waves photo by Richard Pike]