What does Karda Estra
Its a phrase from a voodoo chant at the start of the 1966 Hammer Horror film Plague Of The Zombies that is something along the lines of Karda Nostra, Karda Estra... Keep repeating until surrounded by the undead!
And did you know theres an Italian group ESTRA thats somewhat popular? And if so, do you give a rats ass?
No, just as I didnt know I keep recycling old Lush song titles! Just when I thought I was being original... Quite correct - I dont give a rats ass - their voodoo will only be half as potent as mine anyway.
And whats been going on since Thirteen From The Twenty First came out?
The only project Ive managed to finish so far is the soundtrack to a very low budget supernatural film called Chaos. I started some songwriting with singer Miriam Stockley, who is signed to Virgin and does the Adeimus stuff. Not sure where that will head though. The bulk of the stuff Ive written since Thirteen From The Twenty First I think is going to get scrapped as I recently decided it was rubbish! I think it is the inevitable downside of having your own recording equipment in as much as it is hard to know where to draw the line when experimenting. I was just taking it too far - starting to use drum n bass loops, loads of dirty fuzz bass, theremin guitar wailing away in the background plus all the usual soundtracky stuff on top. It was slowly dawning on me that I didnt really like the experiments much, but like most musicians, didnt want to admit it cos of the amount of work Id put into it!
Tell me about Swindon. Apart
from XTC, Meat Beat Manifesto, The Magic Roundabout and the Acton Barnes suite
at the Marriott!
You seem to know a lot about it already! The sad fact is you dont get too many successful acts from Swindon, which is a shame as I know a fair few very talented people. There is still hope! Swindon has a CD factory, EMI - which is where I work packing discs on shifts - consequently, Im permenantly sleepy! Swindon has an Art College that I attended for three years. I havent picked up a pencil for years now though. It also has the Delta Tennis Centre just behind my house. I dont play, but you can sometimes hear the pleasant sound of the balls being thwacked in the background on my CDs if I was recording with the window open that day... Im not from Swindon. I was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, but Ive been here for 17 years now so I guess Im a local now.
How are your releases distributed?
Several specialist distributors and mail order companies. The main one in the UK is:
GFT: 33a Tolworth Park Road, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7RL, UK
Tel: (44) 181 339 9965
In the US:
The Wild Places: firstname.lastname@example.org
from me directly: KARDA ESTRA
PO Box 1428, Swindon, SN2 1ZY, UK