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de-VICE the 3rd

from the back of the fridge: SI BEGG

home on da range: 2007
the rambunctious de-VICE philosophy spiel
de-VICE back issues
a quickie with PLAID
a quickie with MR. SCRUFF
HAPPY FEET movie review
michael arias on TEKKON KINKREET
DJ KENTARO enters the picture
MAD PROFESSOR huffs and puffs
the de-VICE answer to Tarantino's DEATH PROOF
ZUZUSHI 2 melbourne vs. tokyo
KID CALMDOWN and SLEEPY ROBOT: sydney's coolest djs?
ISNOD is good
J-MACHISMO: top men in Japanese anime cinema
DJ NEO: acid meister
photographic exhibition KEITAI KOUTURE
IF? Records gets all shameless & impudent
movie review: PAPRIKA
SON OF ZEV: who's your dad?
GENIUS PARTY: new anime from Studio 4C
RYOJI ARAI: the best kids' book ever made into animation?
does DIGITAL PRIMATE have a siege mentality?
just how sweet is KANDYMAN?
jonathan more on COLDCUT
much ado about BASEMENT JAXX
JEFF MILLS: one man spaceship
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interview by Andrez
Bergen originally
published in Zebra mag,
Melbourne, in 2001.

Ken Ishii rates him as one of the world's best producers, he's best mates with Cristian Vogel, and he frequently labels music as "stupid". He's got the stickers to prove it.
He's got an upcoming release through NovaMute as SI Futures, and a new collaboration with Neil Landstrumm about to be pressed up on Mosquito. He's already released stuff on labels including Tresor, Ninja Tune and Caipirinha, and you may know him better as Buckfunk 3000 or Cabbageboy.
But it's for his dual record labels Noodles and Noodles Discotheque that Si Begg's name is now being seriously touted, with two fresh compilations, The Complete Death Of Cool and Noodles Discotheque Volumes 1 and 2 recently pressed-up.
ANDREZ: How did you first become interested in electronic music?

SI: I was in various bands, playing guitars, drums, keyboards, etc, and I've always liked the weirdest music I could find.

It seemed that the most experimental stuff at the time was in electronic music and you could do it on your own. My uncle used to be into Jean Michel Jarre and used to play it in the car while my brother's mate's dad also had [Mike Oldfield's] Tubular Bells and stuff like that. I remember being really into all the sounds and noises, the total futurism. And I was right into Star Wars and Tron, and all those kind of kids' sci-fi things.

You recently described your own album, Death Of Cool, as "cluttered, unfinished, half-arsed songs with no direction"... do some producers take themselves too seriously?

SI: "Definitely - I think people confuse seriousness with integrity or meaningfulness. Just because you take yourself really seriously doesn't mean what your doing is valid - and vice versa...


ANDREZ:  Where do you stand on politics and music?

SI: Politics... you can't escape it. It's all around us, you can bury your head in the sand, but it's probably better to get in there and try and kick some ass... as Frank Zappa said: Would you rather be a hippy with no power, or a bank manager with some power...?

If you really want to change things I think you have, to some extent, to get within the frameworks available and twist the fuck out of them - otherwise we're all just playing into the hands of the corporations and governments that rely on the lethargy that enables them to keep on doing their shit, whilst we just sit at home watching TV and whinging about all that's wrong with the world...


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