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ARTIST INTERVIEW: GATED ESTATES



Interview


1. Hey, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?

Originally having been fed vinyl by my parents - Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, Jackson Browne. Then, at some point, my two brothers formed a minimal new wave band. They would make recordings by playing an instrument across two cassette players, one on playback and the other on record. It was like stripped-down Joy Division. I got inspired to pick up the guitar so to join them. Eventually the explosion of Nirvana cemented the dream - I think it did for a lot of people.


2. How do you balance your time in the studio with other commitments such as a part-time job, family, admin?

Basically by creating a timetable. By setting up the week into segments. A few hours in the sudio , a few here, a couple there. It can fall invariably into chaos but I like to attempt balance to create a fruitful creative environment.


3. What is the biggest mistake you have made within your career to this point?

Taking too long to find a sound. I’m interested in lots of different approaches and genres and have attempted to combine them all to create a new thread. That has meant time lost and I think the landscape of how music is consumed has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Probably I would’ve like to have been cleverer before the Spotify God had taken over.


4. What’s your favorite TV show?

The X files. It’s an oldie now but the combination of science fiction, humour and heightened relationship tension has yet to be superseded.


5. What’s your favorite movie?

It changes but off the top of my head 2001 a space odyssey. I’ve watched it so many times and I still have, and always will have, so many questions.


6. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I work as a carpenter having learnt a trade whilst studying for my Sound art Degree in London. I also do film editing and and production. It’s a interesting balance and allows for both physicality and tech work.


7. What is the biggest challenge of being an artist?

Staying afloat in the sea of ‘perceived’ competition. I think the way a social media presence has become the premier way of presenting art has meant this scramble to stay fresh, innovative and exciting in the face of a ‘faceless’ determining algorithm. The competitive streak is pushed so as to create some kind of Darwinian structure and power play. It can all get very singular and insular so anything that embraces collectivism or collaboration really should be embraced.


8. What are your plans for the future?

Keep releasing music and exploring new ideas. There’s always at least three new tunes in my head so long may that continue. To play more shows and develop the live sound would be ideal also.


9. What’s your favorite song?

Again, this changes, but today I’m going to say Wichita Linesman by Glen Campbell. As my friend Alex once said, ‘the best occupation / love song there is’.


10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?

I can see no reason not to.



Review

Check out the original self - titled album by Gated Estates! "Fiction" surprises on the upside by showcasing very artistic independent production tricks that simulate something I can only describe as a glitch in the matrix. Fiction stands tall and super catchy for its ear-worms marked by drumming and creative syllables. The rest of the record strikes me as a sonic diverse alternative ensemble that both creates detailed soundscapes out of thin air and gets me tapping my feet thanks to its very well-realized synthetic indie rock that captures intense bittersweet feelings.


The Pigeon added the new single to his Weekly Gems playlist on Spotify. You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!



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