MySpace Interview – John Dorr

So, who are you anyway?

I’m John Dorr, a solo artist, multi instrumentalist who layers up guitar/vocals on a loop pedal utilizing unusual guitar techniques.

Describe your sound for us.

The overall sound is quite dreamy, generally songs are based around a melody, a beat, a drone or a short vocal phrase which repeats and is added to and layered up to create a hypnotic crescendo.

So you rate yourself then?

Well yes and no, sometimes i have a confidence crisis but generally i’ve managed to get myself to a stage where the music sounds like i envisage it, i mean its taken me 13 years to get to this stage.Plus i suppose you have to have self belief to contantly get onstage in front of an audience who have probably never heard of me and perform solo.

Who are your influences?

I suppose my main influences have to be Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Velvet Underground, Sigur Ros, Nina Simone, Massive Attack, Television, Nick Drake and Sonic Youth.

Tell us one of your musical secrets.

I only play when i’m in the right mood, otherwise i get frustrated and it harms creativity.

What’s in the future?

I have a few things lined up, including two new cds, one is already completed and is a collaberation that features glitchy beats and one with strings and brass which will also feature a video from a polish director.I also have a live dvd and will hopefully be heading out to Europe next year.

What’s your claim to fame?

Well i’ve ridden around manchester in a limo with a radio plugger who totally slagged me off, guess he didn’t think that acappela songs were acceptable for radio 1 ha ha.Also my first e.p manna took a slating too tagged with minus infinity points, claim to infamy maybe more accurate.

Musically, where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

God only knows, 2 years ago i couldn’t have imagined playing the music i do now, but it will probably be something different yet similar…

Myspace or Facebook?

I’m new to facebook and tend to use it for me personally, but i think myspace is better for my aims for the obvious reason that you can put songs up.

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