What are you to do, when your “strange sounds” unexpectedly become wildly popular? Many see this popularity as a validation of their endeavors and a reason to stay on course; others see fans as an unwanted but necessary entity that ties them to a world outside their own. The latter occurred to Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin. How was this atypical, even straight-up odd relationship with his audience part of his widely celebrated success? Rush Hour’s Ocke Weeda, a huge fan of the artist, searches for an answer.
Take a walk down memory lane with Nation boss Traxx, as we revisit his performance at SSFB 2016 with a recording of his two-hour segment at the The Rest Is Noise stage.
A few words from Traxx:
“Last year in Amsterdam, the inaugural presentation of a new festival called Strange Sounds From Beyond kicked off a musically unique lineup of music performers and selectors embarked on a crazy adventure of leftfield sound! ‘Thee articulate visionary beyond description’ was invited to participate. Prince’s birthday fell on the same month as SSFB and a few weeks before that, he left this world with millions deeply saddened by his death. This triggered emotional sorrow for me personally, and as such, I dedicated half of my slot segment to the artist of many talents, opening up the session with 2 unreleased tracks that were 30 minutes each. From thereon, the physical pressure behind the turntables took a head-on collision with punk, darkwave electronics and Detroit minimalism with Chicago warehouse sounds, pushing the boundaries to a state of an old warehouse illegal party experience.”