Q: Who are you?
A: Nick Littlemore one half of Vlossom and Empire of The Sun and a founding partner of Pnau.
Q: Tell us about your playlist.
A: For this playlist I went into the realm of exotica. Wikipedia defines it as “exotica means tropical ersatz, the non-native, pseudo experience of insular Oceania, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, the Amazon basin, the Andes, the Caribbean and tribal Africa” I love travel maybe over anything else and in this time none of us can so I turn to music to whisk me away to some half imagined isle, sipping Rue and tripping the night away.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I just released the debut EP from my new band with Alister Wright called Vlossom ep is called “My Friend”.
Q: What are you working on next?
A: More music all the time, experimenting in my shed at the bottom of the garden at my house in rural West Hollywood. Just prior to the lockdown we had completed the work on a new body of work, the band is called Vlossom and it is the first release from a new record company we started called LAB78, the next artist to come thru will be an amazing singer from the wilds of Louisiana.
Q: What is the best story from a set or performance?
A: Playing a show on acid in London at Durr the club that Trash became down at The End niteclub in Central London. The smoke machine kicked off at the start of the show and brought on the double dipped ohms, the show was a metaphysical battle between the lights and the sounds before us, we know not what transpired any more than the instant flash of a DMT hallucination in front of a packed crowd of revellers, delivering some kind of raw exchange of chaos and love in equal measure back and forth like a boomerang
Q: What is the best sound?
A: When I was staying up a Arrowhead one night, the weather came in hard in the wee hours and froze over the whole mountain side, I could hear all the pine needles clashing together like tiny perfect crystals echo’ing into infinitum
Q: What is your favorite part of your creative process?
A: The start, I love the initial broad strokes, when anything can come forth, the longer I tend to work on things the more one falls into familiar patterns of production. I like doing things quickly without judgement, before my mind has time to make sense of it, when it’s still pure.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: The green on a new leaf in full sunlight
Q: What artist do you admire the most?
A: I go thru waves on inspiration, obsessed with Thomas Hardin Jnr – Moondog for a long time but more recently Alice Coltrane has been capturing my attention. Ryuchi Sakamoto has always influenced my piano aesthetic, writers that I keep coming back to like Paul Bowles, Raymond Carver, I’m drawn to them as they are outsiders, vagrants, shadows of the society not active participants. Therefore able to capture the subtle beauty lingering, waiting to be discovered
Q: If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
A: Syrian Rue Tea
Q: What is the greatest feeling in the world?
A: Without a doubt a decent hit of DMT on a clear and warm day sitting somewhere comfortable in the sun. Laying back as ones vision dives into oblivion, smiling.
Q: What was the last thing that made you laugh really hard?
A: My wife, she is the funniest person I know and I adore being locked down with her
Q: What is the last text message in your phone?
A: A friend talking about Trump, he signed it off saying “it’s insane that he thinks he’s done an amazing job”
Q: What was the last song you listened to on repeat?
A: Yatton by Beak
Q: If you could supervise music for a TV show or a movie, what would it be?
A: True Hallucinations the Story of Terence Mckenna, I believe Jim Carey is making it. It’s a wonderful story which this playlist would suit.