I met Nick at The Croft in Bristol, before it became The Crofters Rights. Jilk were supporting his project called Solarference (also with Sarah Owen), or was it the other way around? It was a disappointing turn out that night, sadly. But it did mean that I got to see Solarference perform for the first time and make a new connection in the music scene. Since that time, Nick has become a fellow member of Domestic Sound Cupboard. As well as being an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, much of Nick’s work revolves around his self-made audio manipulation patch built in Max MSP. This is what he used in order to create the samples from which this piece was built around. I recently had the pleasure of witnessing the band record their forthcoming album live onstage at The Cube in Bristol.
“Solarference perform a captivating and unique blend of traditional folk song and live electronics. Using their voices, laptops, and a collection of sound toys, they create fresh settings for a rich selection of traditional songs. The results are warm, percussive and atmoshperic, with an intense live energy.”