An interview with Jimi Tenor
CG: 'Out of Nowhere' is, I would say,
a major piece of work! It can't have been easy.
JT: Making the basic demos for the
album was quite easy in fact. The problems started with
the practical stuff. My orchestrator did a practical
joke not delivering the work on time. Finally I had
to scrape together most of the orchestration in less
than two weeks....I was losing my mind.
CG: You were supposed to work with
JT: I don't know what Zbigniew's problem
is, but I don't think he acted right. He gave a couple
of good ideas for the orchestration, like using the
sitar, but otherwise... I think he wants to work on
more "noisy" projects. Fair enough.
CG: How did you end up doing a record
like this? It's probably not quite what most of us might
have expected: no machines, instead a full orchestra,
choir, even sitar and tablas
JT: I've been tired listening to all
that so called experimental electronic music and tasteful
techno and endless beats and beats. So I thought I'll
make a statement not using any of that technology on
my album. I was prepared to do mistakes, allow sloppy
playing, sing emotional stuff. Basically anything which
is humane. I wanted to have fun with musicians too instead
of doing everything on my own.
CG: The album was done in Poland...
JT: Poland is cheap. And I like Poland.
It's kind of similar to Finland. There is a lot of "good
enough" attitude there.
CG: What did it feel like to work with
a symphony orchestra? Was it what you expected?
JT: I thought there would have been
more bullshit talking about the music and stuff like
that, but there wasn't any. Very nice. They just started
to play and that's it. Some rhythms were hard for them
to play. Especially repetitious stuff.