Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Rumblings from the Nuclear Bunker: Q & A with Terrorball

I tracked down Hamilton-based electro funk producer Terrorball (aka Gareth Pemberton) and asked him 10 quickfire questions about music and life in the bunker:

In one sentence, who or what is Terrorball?

It's the name I've been releasing music under since 2011.

What motivated the Cold War themes found on (latest album) How I Learned To Stop Worrying?

I managed to catch the end of the Cold War as a kid so I've always been fascinated by that period. I'm interested in the paranoia of the time and the propaganda pumped out by both sides.

Your music has a strong retro feel, who or what are its biggest influences?

My main influences are stuff like older Daft Punk, Justice, and Yasutaka Nakata, who produces music for the group Perfume. Also Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds album has always been a favourite.
You've got nine albums up for grabs as name-your-price downloads on Bandcamp, are there any plans for a physical CD or vinyl release in the future?

No, though I would love to release something on vinyl.

Does Terrorball operate in a live capacity at all? If not, are there any plans afoot to expand the scope of your work?

Not at the moment but I've been collaborating with someone on some stuff, and hopefully we'll be doing some live shows in the near future, under the name Lobot.

What is the one instrument/piece of equipment or production tool you can't live without?

Ableton Live.

What is the best piece of music-related advice you've ever been given?

Learn to listen.

When the nuclear holocaust hits, what three desert island discs will you take to the bunker?

Daft Punk - Alive 2007, The Beatles - White Album, and Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds.

Name one local/NZ artist the world needs to know about?


Complete this sentence: the best thing about living in Hamilton is ...

... the smell.

Here's a clip from How I Learned To Stop Worrying:


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