Glen Strachan, formerly of Uxbridge, recently made the bold decision
to relocate to Berlin, where he has been edging his way into the city's music scene
with cunning stealth. Former member of acclaimed underground bands TheBed
and The April, Glen is a prolific songwriter whose tunes never fail to astound and
inspire through being so daring and original.
Here, in an exhilarating and hugely insightful interview with Steve Rudd,
Glen spills the beans about the prevailing music-scene in Berlin, his current
music exploits, and just what it's like being an Englishman in Germany...
Hey Glen, how are things?
Good... never better in fact! Incidentally, my great grandfather was from Hull.
You recently moved from London to Berlin. What prompted such a move?
You know, I'm not sure. I have this thing about the God Channel... you really don't want to hear about it.
How easy has it been to get settled into the city, and what aspects of Berlin do you like the most?
I've settled in really well; it's been 2 months now but feels like a year. I'm good at meeting people, I guess; alcohol helps with that... and it also helps with losing them.
Back in London you used to front underground heroes TheBed. Do you miss playing the type of music that you did in such a band, and what ultimately became of TheBed?
Yeah, I've been doing mainly solo stuff for over a year now and I do miss the band thing, but I don't like waiting around for other people because I don't like blaming other people when things don't get done.
I've constantly been thwarted in getting a band together recently and rather than waste time waiting for that to work out I've been recording all the parts myself, which is how I got tinnitus, spending days on end trying to get a drum part right: it's not natural. Although some of it sounds great.
Despite the disbanding of TheBed, you are still heavily involved in
the music industry and a re currently hard at work writing new songs.
Does the material that you are writing now bear much in common with the old 'Bed tuneage?
I think TheBed had a distinct direction and ethic. The reason it began to disintegrate was because I started experimenting with a wildly different concept. For me it was going to be like the next phase of the band - new sound and performance ethos, but really it was a completely different band I was trying to create so it was useless to even keep the name you know.
A band name is a strange thing for me - like a song name. Often it's the first thing that arrives and it sets the whole scene for what's to come. Or you can try to second guess everybody by making it the opposite of the name, if that's what the name permits. A whole set with no distortion and fairy-tale inspiration just wasn't what people came to see TheBed for.
Sometimes the name is the most important thing. Words, words, they're all we have to go on etc. So I started a new band called England and The April, and everybody thought I'd gone crazy. People tuned out and that band fell apart too but at least we got some good work done. TheBed magic is lost in a handful of live shows and some incredible rehearsals!
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