An Interview with Neti Neti

neti-neti-pic-1.jpgWe met up with Arizona-based creative genius, Neti Neti. It was on the top of an abandoned skyscraper in the future. Hi Mr. Neti Neti. We are so pleased to be able to interview you, sir. So let’s get right down to it. Do you have any other monikers?

Neti Neti: Reverberation Sound System, Mark Yuri, Black Sugar, Lemon Crush, djFilth, Neti Neti.

Spoo: What made you get into this crazy thing we call music?

NN: I’ve been told by relatives that I was quite drawn to vinyl records even when very young. Personally, my memories of the first 3-5 years of my life are frequently rather fuzzy and ill-defined, but I seem to recall being obsessed with watching the label in the middle spin. Music just happened to be a by-product of all this spinning-label business. Later on, I became increasingly distracted by other interests and stayed distracted until 1984 when Prince released the Purple Rain album, and I became obsessively interested in music to the exclusion of most other things…

Spoo: What was it about Purple Rain that did it to you?

NN: I distinctly remember hearing “When Doves Cry” for the first time on the radio. There was nothing like it, ever. We’re all overfamiliar with it now, but at the time it just cracked everything open for me, as did the album it comes from. The world was suddenly more colorful, and there was simply no going back to the mundane, ordinary, conformist approach that epitomized mid-1980’s pop radio.

Spoo: What kinds of music are you into?

NN: I hate it when people say, “I like all kinds of music”. Horseshit! I don’t think its even humanly possible to get to HEAR every kind of music in the world, let alone like it all. That said, I’ve been gravitating more over the past few years to instrumental and abstract musics. Not entirely, but it is taking up a bit more space in my life. I also like funk.

Spoo: What inspires you to write your music?

NN: “Writing” is perhaps not the word I would use to explain the tracks I’ve constructed. And “music” is possibly in the eye of the beholder. So far, a great deal of the inspiration has come about through the cheap-ass tape recorder I use to provide most of my source-sounds. That and DJing.

Spoo: So you DJ as well as produce your own music?

NN: I’ve been DJing for ages. Producing music is something I’ve just rediscovered in the past year or so.

Spoo: What do you think is next as far as the future of music?

neti-neti-pic-2.jpgNN: What makes you think it only travels in one direction?

Spoo: We don’t, you have answered wisely. Are there any lucky artists out there that you would like to collaborate with?

NN: I would like to do a remix exchange with sp00. I would also like to record a collaborative album with 7 seperate artists, but do not know yet when these projected events will actualize…

Spoo: The sp00 remix will definitely happen. Who influences the Neti Neti sound?

NN: William S. Burroughs, Marcel Duchamp, Oscar Wilde, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Steven Stapleton, George Clinton, Miles Davis, James Brown, Sly Stone, Prince, J.G. Ballard, Grant Morrison, John Balance and Peter Christopherson, Philip K. Dick, Richard D. James, Two Lone Swordsmen, Monte Cazzaza, Don Bolles, Max Ernst, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Bandler and John Grinder, Salvador Dali, Milton Erickson, Kenneth Anger, Eno, Sp00, the Sabres of Paradise, Cabaret Voltaire, Mad Professor, Carter Tutti, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Skinny Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Holland-Dozier-Holland production team at Motown in the ’60’s, Shriekback, Soft Cell, Mike Thorne, Phil Spector, Ike Turner, the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, Suicide, Primal Scream, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Terri Kass, Clem Clark, the Rolling Stones, Alexandro Jodorowsky, Michael 23, Justin Broadrick, Marianne Faithfull, sunnO))), the Cure, the Smiths, Jimmy Page (though I don’t care for Led Zeppelin, I just like the way he’d mic the room), David Lynch, Joy Division/New Order, Fad Gadget, Bauhaus, virgin Prunes, the Birthday Party, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Massive Attack, Laibach, ClockDVA, Tom Waits, Aleister Crowley, Richie Hawtin, Federico Fellini, Gary Numan, Ray Bradbury, and, oh, a ton more I’ll kick myself later for forgetting.

Spoo: Bravo on such diverse influences. Aleister Crowley?

NN: Aleister Crowley was a one-man engine of endeavor: Over the course of his life he was a mountaineer, world traveler, occultist, magician, organizer, libertine, author, publisher, publicist, drug addict, sodomite, gossip, book reviewer, charismatic public speaker, prankster, correspondant, and, in my opinion, a gifted hypnotist. (Some people are still being hypnotized by him now, but, trust me, you don’t want to meet them. They’re annoying.) Everything he did was larger than life, and he did it with a lot of style. I enjoy his sense of humor, and greatly admire his ability to communicate through writing on several different levels simultaneously.

Also, I should have included on the “influence” list Jim Thirlwell (a.k.a. Foetus), who has been a HUGE inspiration to me.

Spoo: We love Crowley, too. Do you plan the songs that you write, or do they just happen?

NN: So far, a little of both.

Spoo: Do you believe in the mothership?

NN: Yes!

Spoo: Is the Mothership a phsyical thing or does it exist outside of our third dimension reality?

NN: Both. The stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the tomb…

…And just as quickly as he had appeared, he disappeared. Thanks for the great interview, Neti Neti!

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