Tristan Bishop [djdellamorte]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
DJ and occasional producer
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
Alone, although I previously worked with others in the group Codex Machine.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
Please list discography in which you have participated.
Releases - (Codex Machine)
Love Requiem as part of Y4K Annie Nightingale compilation CD
12"/CD/download of Man Vs Monkey EP on Womb Records
Crunch - download single
Minor C Monster - download single
Six Minutes Behind - download single
HorrorVision - Download album
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I was interested in music at a very young age. I have had no training but was messing about with electronics and keyboards by the age of 9
What was your musical education?
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
I've never wanted to do anything else :)
What is your creative process?
for DJing I spend 95% of my time preparing - listening to and discovering new music, seeing what works well. For producing my own music I tend to collaborate with others, bringing sounds and samples with me.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
It's important to continue asking yourself that question throughout the process. I'm a fan of rough edges so I tend to leave a few in.
How did you discover your creative territory? How would you describe it?
As a DJ I've always seen myself as a cross between a librarian, historian and entertainer. i was a music collector before I started to play records to others.
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Dealing with promoters and venue owners.
How often do you practice?
3-4 nights a week.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
Usually calm or excited. Any nerves tend to be a few hours/days before a gig.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
The 3 DJs who have inspired me the most are John Peel, James Lavelle and Fake Blood.
List three songs that are key to your life.
This is far too difficult a question! But I will pick 3 at random.
1. Erkin Koray - Esterabim
2. The Artifacts - Wrong Side of Da Tracks
2. Deekline and Wizard - All Your Love
What should be done to stop piracy?
I don't think it's possible to stop it entirely without massive abuses of civil liberties. the only way around it is for the music industry to better adapt - Drop prices for downloads (as storage and replication costs are extremely minimal), perhaps operate a legal torrenting database with a subscription fee?
What type of music do you detest?
I like music in all genres, but I am not a massive fan of death metal or free jazz.
What time did you get up this morning?
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I don't feel comfortable with selling myself - I try to make myself visible and be my best and hope people pick up on it. With regard to record companies, like with anything in life, there are good people and bad people, and I have met about an equal amount of both.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Kind of hard to do that with decks
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Be prepared to never make enough money to live from, be prepared to never be the success you think you could be - but keep on doing it. If you love what you do enough then you will never give up.
London - UK