Dodson And Fogg interview with Chris Wade

October 12, 2012

Dodson And Fogg interview with Chris Wade

Dodson And Fogg is a music project led by Chris Wade, with guest appearances by such people as Nik Turner and Celia Humphris of ‘Trees’, Krysztof Juszkiewicz of ‘Skin Alley’, Judy Dyble of ‘Fairport Convention’ and Ellie
Davies on the cello. So far they have been played on BBC Scotland (Iain Anderson Show), Acoustic Spectrum (Beyond the Tracks), Genevieve’s BBC Folk Show, Express FM (Scattering the Roots) and others. It’s really refreshing to hear something ‘fresh’ and fairly unique in the world of progressive/psychedelic folk.
Would you like to tell us firstly about
your music background a bit?
Well as far back as I can remember I had a
keen interest in playing music. I started playing guitar as a very small boy,
and my dad encouraged me and my brother all the time to keep playing. He even
kept all our demos long after we thought they had been lost in time, so he’s
got all the things we did on old cassettes. Most are horrendous but it’s all
part of learning. My dad was the one who played all the records at home and got
us into great music from a young age, so he always inspired us. The first bands
I loved were Nirvana and Black Sabbath when I was 8. I started collecting
Sabbath’s records with my pocket money, and going to the odd record fair with
my dad. I messed around with bands a little bit when I was younger, and as a
tennager I used to spend most of my spare time recording tracks on my old 4
track tape machine. Then me and my brother and sister had a kind of punk band
going in around 2007 and 2008, when I was 22 or so, where we played gigs in our
town of Leeds. It was great fun, like everyone coming along for a party, but I
don’t think they were as into pursuing music as I was and it kind of trailed
off. The last 3 or so years I’ve been working as a writer, but have also been
re writing some of my old acoustic tracks and of course writing some new ones.
Only this year have I really got deep into music properly and it feels great to
finally have something to show for it.
‘Dodson And Fogg’ is a fairly new
project. Is this your first project?
It’s my first proper music project. I’ve
had books and audiobooks released over the past 3 years. I did comedy
audiobooks with comedians Rik Mayall (The Young Ones) and Charlie Chuck (Reeves
And Mortimer) based on my stories, which are very surreal and there are other
books out there too and even the Hound Dawg Magazine I often do online, but
this is my first proper music project. It’s basically folk-rock, or maybe acid
folk with psychedelic over tones. I don’t know how best to describe it really,
it’s just the natural thing for me, the way these songs have come out and I
couldn’t be happier with them.
Is there any concept behind the album or
should I say the band or are there just songs writen by you and put together?
I have written most of these this year and
I do think as the album flows they do tie together nicely. Some are quite dark
in mood and others are lighter, but I do think they flow nicely as an album.
There were a lot of tracks left over that didn’t quite fit, so a lot of thought
went into the running order and the whole feel of the record.
On the album Nik Turner (Hawkwind) and
Celia Humphris (Trees) appear  How did they got involved in your project and how
well did you get along musically speaking?

Well I interviewed Celia for my online mag
Hound Dawg about 2 or 3 years ago and Trees are one of my favourite bands. I’ve
been listening to their two albums On The Shore and Garden of Jane Delawney
more and more and one day asked her if she would be able to record some backing
vocals for some tracks. When she said yes and I heard what she had recorded I
was amazed. She made them into something else. Same goes for Nik. I sent him
some songs and he recorded some amazing flute parts that enhanced the songs,
made them more atmospheric which is the kind of sound I love the most really.
Every idea Nik and Celia had for the songs was perfect for me. Judy Dyble, who
was the first singer for fairport Convention is also on one track and Kzrysztof
Juskiewicz of a band called Skin Alley even does a little something on one
track. I just love that era of music, late 60 and early 70s. Even though I
wasn’t born, I just prefer the sound of those days to most that we have
nowadays. i think more bands did it for the music than anything else.
Your album is coming out in November,
but we can already pre order it. Let us know how?
Yeah the album is out to download and buy
as a CD from November 1st, but if you want to pre order a CD you can do it from
the Dodson And Fogg page on my website:
http://wisdomtwinsbooks.weebly.com/dodson-and-fogg.html. There are sme samples
and videos on there too and a little bit of info on the album too. Also it
might be a good idea to follow the twitter and facebook pages, as you never know
the release might be brought forward. The facebook is:
www.facebook.com/pages/Dodson-And-Fogg/282552805161916 and the Twitter is:
Would you like to present us your new
album. How did the recording sessions went and perhaps if you can tell us a bit
about songs itself. What do they reflect?
The funny thing with this is, I have a
little studio in my home which i have set up just the way I want to, and have
worked like a donkey (well not quite a donkey, that would just be odd) all year
on how to get the best out of my microphones and really working on production
techniques and stuff. There were no sessions to speak of as I have been in and
out of the office/studio for months on end, and the collaborators on the album
did their pieces and emailed them across to me. That was the exciting part,
remixing the tracks with legends like Celia and Nik on them. It was a real
thrill for me to sit down and put them into the songs.
The songs themselves all came out
naturally, but I do think they all kind of reflect a kind of, not quite
voyeurism, but at least documentation of people and surroundings. It’s kind of
about taking a good look around you and taking notice of the many weird and
wonderful things that can occur. One like “All Day Long” with Celia
which opens the album, is about that kind of restless person we all see,
someone who is basically wandering around all day, a kid of lost soul with
problems. We all have seen them around and “All Day Long”is a snap
shot of one particular chap I have seen around a lot just looking lost.
“Meet Our May” is about the beauty of the seasons changing, something
like “The Slime” is basically a warning of who you let into your
life. Sometimes you let the wrong person in and they can mess things up from
the inside. Then there are songs like “Just You And Me” and “She
Is Everything”, summing up love without doing it in a cliched way.
“Say Goodbye” for me is about saying bye to someone who has passed,
“Crinkle Drive” is a very weird one, one of the more psychedelic ones
on there, and Nik does some great stuff on the flute for it. But I wouldn’t
like to explain every thing, because it would be great for them to speak for
themselves and to let others have their take on them.
Will you be touring?
There’s no plans for touring as the guest
musicians are spread out so far and wide and have their own thing going, that I
don’t think it would be possible. But I would love to get something together
one day for myself or a small set up to do some dates.
Thanks for stopping by. I wish you good
luck with the upcoming album. Would you like to share anything else?
Thanks! Maybe I’ll just add that I would
love for people to watch the crazy promo film we made for the album. My
girlfriend’s dad plays the main role and I appear for a few seconds in the
woods. We had fun making this. Nothing remotely serious but a good laugh all
the same:
Interview made by Klemen Breznikar / 2012
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http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com / 2012
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