Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta is something of a music addict. Not entirely convinced his previous project Mellowdrone was working, he set out to make himself an entirely new project, the Big Black Delta you can hear today. He’s released an EP and (BBDEP1) and is due to release an LP (BBDLP, do you see the pattern here?) this autumn. We think it’s some pretty special stuff, so we caught up with him to talk about working with M83, UFOs and changing musical clothes.

Why did you choose to leave Mellowdrone?

I never left. Mellowdrone was 95% my songs and 100% my arrangements and production. Tony, Brian and I put yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeears into touring and doing the whole "band" thing. I love those guys until the day I pass on. I felt that I needed a change, and doing things for Mellowdrone just automatically put me in a mind frame to follow a certain protocol.

With Big Black Delta, there isn’t any history. Nobody expects anything. Most importantly, I don’t expect anything. I feel I make the coolest shit this way. That’s not to say Mellowdrone won’t do something in the future.

What is the concept behind Big Black Delta?

Hold on, let me put my Birkenstocks on and light the patchouli oil.

I love UFO folklore, because it means there's a possibility that there are beings out there, millions, if not billions of years evolved beyond the human shit all of us have to deal with. What is that like? What's it like not have worry about rent, car payment or republicans and democrats. If there are species out there that have been around long enough to be able to traverse trillions of light years, chances are they got over whatever differences seem to currently hinder our evolution (religious bigotry, consumerism, vanity, politics, etc...)

When I think of things like this, it calms me down. In that calmness, music literally falls from the sky to me.Hopefully I’ve recorded a few of those moments.



"...there are plenty of hippies out there giving you strong poems as titles"



What is your goal as the BBD project?

To be rad.

Why name everything systematically? (BBDLP etc)

Because of the amount of songs and ideas I have floating around, I had to start cataloguing them. I got tired of losing songs. Plus there are plenty of hippies out there giving you strong poems as titles.

What's the longevity of the act as a whole? Was the project started with an end point?

As long as I’m having fun, and people want to hear it, i’ma be here. So ultimately, I don’t know.

What's your inspiration for the project?

Fleeting feeling of freedom.

How did you come to work with M83?

Mutual friends and acquaintances. They needed a guitar player, and I wasn’t doing anything. Then we all became good friends and kicked it in different countries.

Who would be your ideal collaborator?

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit. great question. Ultimately, someone with my same sense of humour.

Why didn't you use real instruments properly?

Because I was technically proficient for so long, that they became invisible and I took it for granted. Kinda like when your significant other gets a haircut and wears new clothes and you’re like "daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.... lez fuck"


http://www.bigblackdelta.com/

Listen to 'Huggin and Kissin' here.