‘Fusion, Chaotic, Dastadly’ | Interview with Esslemont

Raw, puzzling and profoundly cinematic, Gremlin Graphics is esslemont’s tribute to 1980s British Television. Read our discussion with the artist below.

Describe your sound in 3 words

Fusion, Chaotic, Dastadly

Tell us a few things about Gremlin Graphics. What is the story behind it?

A living, breathing TV Studio manuevers itself from one show to the next with it’s dynamic of production and the audience they serve completely changing with one simple camera pan. ‘Gremlin Graphics’ explores this moment of uncertain panic, with fused colours of sound, relentess beat & striking synth. The whispers in the corridor have never been so loud.

If the music of Esslemont was a 1980s British television show, which show would that be?

It must be ‘Tales of the Unexpected’. Each story had a wonderfully darkly comic tone with a beautiful sting in the tale.

Is suspense an uncomfortable pleasure? Why do we love it?

Well, it’s foundations lay in our fanscination of the unknown. What we can’t see nor touch, let alone explain carries great intrigue and a primal need to solve the prestigous puzzle. The suspense is the key part of the journey, and often the best part.

Artists and people that have influenced you?

Being very honest, too many to mention here. If I was look at the last year or so, Krzysztof Penderecki has really changed the way I approach conventional structure & composition, Philip K Dick & Black Midi have also played a huge part – I find their work exciting and inspiring.

What is the first album you remember hearing as a child?

Not so much albums to be honest, rather singles or individual songs as we were very a Radio household. Depending on which family member hosted me at that point in time, it could be Dolly Parton or Chicago, to Guns N Roses or Happy Hardcore.

What’s next for you?

An album (hopefully in the summer), hopefully so film work and more collaboratings with the amazing artist Mark M Mellon.

What’s your advice to humanity?

I’m in no position to give any advice or consultation to such great & ponderous questions. So I look to Dan Simmons for a quote ‘It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another’.

Thank you!

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