Gary Spencer

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

If it's any good, it takes you on a journey through your head that sometimes allows you to forget yourself.

What is your music dream?

Not sure, but I know what my music nightmare is.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

That's not a music question.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Lightening Strikes by Lou Christie. Played it to again and again aged six.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Too many to mention. A few off the top of my head. Stereolab. David Bowie. The Fall. Blanck Mass. Four Tet. Van Der Graaf Generator. Faith No More. Cigarettes after Sex. Frog Eyes. Magnetic Fields. Julianna Barwick. The Propellerheads. Cathal Coughlan. The Fatima Mansions. John Grant. Cabaret Voltaire. Sparks. Nick Cave. Anna Meredith. Phillip Glass. Colin Stetson. Mr Bungle. Cat Stevens. Jon Hopkins. The Divine Comedy. Suicide. Floatation Toy Warning. The Irrepressibles. John Martyn. Rush. Radiohead. Anna Von Hausswolf. Tindersticks. David Sylvian. Funkadelic. Talking Heads. Mogwai. Dan Deacon. Spencer Krug. Jane Weaver. Peter Hammill. Hawkwind. Goat. Autechre. P J Harvey. King Crimson. Russian Circles. Soap & Skin. Magazine. TV on the Radio. Captain Beefheart. Sparklehorse. Manic Street Preachers. The Pixies. Caribou. Julian Cope. Aphex Twin. Massive Attack.

What inspires you to make music?

Sound feels cooped up in your head until you let it out.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

There is no message.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I don't.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Everything is fine. It's a golden age.

What do you think of Drooble?

Not sure yet. I probably shouldn't even be on it with all these real musicians.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Lack of time.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

My local scene seems to be mainly cover or standards bands, so I'm probably missing out on what is actually happening.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

A huge marketing budget, a media-friendly gimmick, or both.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I have no idea who you haven't heard of. I like Idles at the moment but you've heard of them. Also playing some old Kevin Ayres and Robert Wyatt. Though the new Regal Worm album is really good.