Gav Davies - Trained From Birth To Be An Evil Wine Waiter
When I was playing in Vibration White Finger, I would make tons and tons of demos. This was at the dawn of viable computer music - I mean you could do MIDI before the 2000 era, but now you could record to hard disk and multitrack on a normal PC. It was incredible! Up until now I’d been tracking in Midi and overdubbing live bits to cassette at mixdown.
I loved this program called Making Waves, it just clicked for me, and worked well on my bog-standard PC at the time.
Also, I had a copy of Rebirth from Propellerhead Software, and it was here that my love of producing electronic music really took hold. It wasn’t until I was in my late 30s and actually had enough money to buy synths that I was able to really explore it in the way that I wanted to as a young man. I’d have said that I never REALLY got on with soft synths, although I’d argue that this was a cope to be honest!
But, yes, a few years back I plunged into electronic music using the Shinbones Man alias and once more I was as prolific as my younger self, putting out dozens of electronic songs and sketches.
Tracks 1 and 10, and possibly others, from Trained… went on to form the basis of some Vibration White Finger songs, “Statement of Intent” and “Candle”.
Trained… was named when my friend Mezz and I were in a restaurant with our families (our fathers worked together) and there was a picture of a really sinister looking Sommellier on the menu!
This is the first time I mixed to CD rather than cassettes, I think, and I used my own name instead of an alias. Which is a shame, because Monkey Snowball Fighter was a top alias!
01 Statement Of Intent
02 Hip Happening Young Ostrich (If I Were)
03 Plump Giraffe Discovers Slimfast
04 Septic Interlude
05 Did I Drink Your Goblin
06 Nameless Monkey Assassin
08 Get Myself Together
11 Hairbrush Trauma
A cassette my dad found - mostly bass+(emulated) drum machine, but has an actual song towards the end, followed by the first recording of me (terribly!) beatboxing…)