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Soft Riot | July 2016 | Photo Outtake B&W

Realising that I as Soft Riot have been a bit quieter than usual I thought I would write an update in this new, futuristic sounding year of “2017” (I say that every year). So I’ll start with the news items and then move onto more reflective items. Here we go.

RELEASES ON SALE

First off, I’m doing what a lot of other people are doing and putting all items in the Soft Riot online store on sale. 20% off if you enter the code ohseventeen.

SOME MORE TERROR

Some More Terror, an album released in 2014 of instrumental, soundtrack-influenced compositions, has been out of print for a while and will be released again physically again in the coming months.

LIVE DATES

Shows are in progress for this year in the UK and Europe. If you are interesting in booking or sharing a bill — get in touch. Show announcements will come soon enough! In the meantime you can check the Live Events page for updates. There you also also opt to be notified when show listings are added.

BEHIND THE SCENES

If I haven’t had much of an online presence as of late it’s likely because I’ve been spending a lot less time on social media as of late as I’m a bit burnt out on it. I’ve met a lot of great people over the world over the years but sometimes they just become abstract personalities online. Fragments of people you know. There was also a lot of hard times for people in 2016 and a lot of those people had a far worse time than I or my friends around the world did.

As far as music goes, in 2016 I lost some confidence and dealt with life and depression but I think that happens to a lot of people. Sometimes one is not entirely sure what to do next, or unsure about being a salesman or promoter for your own music. Like a lot of artists and musicians out there I’m my own worst critic but as I’m a conflicted optimist/pessimist, toward the end of this past year I started to focus on what I enjoy most, creating music and getting immersed in it and that has started to get a bit of excitement stirring within me. Things comes in waves, up and down and I’m trying to frame myself to be in an “up” wave.

There’s eight new songs that are being finished up into first mixes for the next record. The next step is figuring out the best plan for releasing it. And shortly after that things will hopefully “click” to feel a wave of inspiration to get out there and play it! And there will be of course a number of video projects going along with that in the form of music videos and other things. Can’t give away too much yet.

The tracks are three new ones that I’ve been playing live over the last year or so including another five that are very new: THE EYES ON THE WALLS / KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE / NOW WORLD ROMANCER / WAITING FOR SOMETHING TERRIBLE TO HAPPEN / YOU SEE HOW THEY BURN / HE’S GONE UNDERGROUND / THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD / THE OUTSIDER IN THE MIRRORS.

The album will be named after the last track, “The Outsider In The Mirrors”. I’m sure it will see the light of day in this year and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Here’s a recent interview done with Belgium’s WAVES radio where I talked with Philippe Bauwens about a range of topics, including the origins of the Soft Riot name, creative approach, the new Possession Records as well as fellow artists Hausfrau and Marcel Wave. The interview premiered on air on Oct 23rd and is now available as a MixCloud archive below.

There’s a number of upcoming shows in the UK and Canada which you can check out below. Further shows for 2017 will be announced soon, as well as other developments behind the scenes.

Possession RecordsThis past week a new Glasgow-based label called Possession Records announced its existence. It is a new endeavour that I am starting with members of other Glasgow groups Hausfrau, Kaspar Hauser and Ubre Blanca. It is a co-operative affair and a new direction that’s being taken for future releases for all bands involved, including a new Soft Riot album in the works for 2017. Not only will the label be handling artist releases but also organising and promoting music events in Glasgow in the near future — “Processed and prefabricated music out of Glasgow.”

www.possessionrecords.com
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The first release will be for Hausfrau‘s Trivial Pursuits EP available in digital/cassette format for pre-order very soon. In the meantime, you can check out a video for the title track below:


Video by Georgina Penstkart

Top 10 Covers for Peek-A-Boo MagazineThe title of the article is a bit heavy-handed but I suppose this is a selection of 10 albums that have a place in my history of writing and listening to music. Thanks to Didier at Belgium’s Peek-A-Boo-Magazine for getting in touch with me to ramble on about this group of records. Albums by Unwound, The VSS, Simple Minds, DAF, Second Layer, Adult., Fad Gadget, Martin Dupont, Labradford and U.S. Maple. You can click the link at the end of the end of the excerpt to read the full article at www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be

1. UNWOUND – New Plastic Ideas

When I started actively getting into music and playing in bands, I was in my teens and I was very immersed in the underground experimental punk and hardcore that was happening in the US and Canada at the time. I was always checking out new releases on labels like Kill Rock Stars, 31G, Gravity, Ebullition, Lovitt, Troubleman, Great American Steak Religion, Touch and Go and the list goes on. Over the years, some of those records haven’t aged with me, but there’s a significant portion of records from that era that I’ll come back to from time to time and listen to and I still get that goosebumps feeling as to when I first listened to it.

Unwound put out a string of records from the early to late 90s that were incredible. They were very aggressive and dissonant but still having some atmosphere, interesting song structures and an appeal to misanthropic youth in a 1990’s North America. There was a great chemistry between guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper, bassist Vern Ramsey and drummer Sarah Lund. The album Repetition (1996) is arguably my favourite, but New Plastic Ideas was the first I listened to and got me hooked. In fact, the title of the Soft Riot album Fiction Prediction is a bit of a wordplay of a title of a song of this album as a bit of an homage, I guess.

Read full article at www.peek-a-boo-magazine.be

Soft Riot | Promo Photo | Summer 2016Here is a new interview conducted with Electronic North, a new UK music site based out of Manchester featuring artists in the northern parts of the UK. Thanks to Adrian Thompson who gave the opportunity to provide answers to a number of questions…

Residing in Glasgow via Sheffield, London and Vancouver, Soft Riot is an artist who’s been rocking the synths for the best part of 20 years across various bands and projects. He describes his current output as ‘art punk synth disco’ and you should absolutely be checking it out. We caught up with JJD for a chat as part of our Featured Artist series.


Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s the story behind Soft Riot and how would you describe your sound?

My name is JJD (Jack Duckworth) and I’m a Vancouverite currently residing in Glasgow after spending some time in London and a little bit in Sheffield. I moved to the UK almost 10 years ago from Canada. I’ve been playing in bands for the better part of 20 years, probably the one I’m known most for back in the homeland would be the “new wave” band Radio Berlin.

Soft Riot started very, very slowly in 2006 when I was still in Vancouver. I was playing in other bands at the time and I was using Soft Riot as a vehicle to try out ideas with electronic music that didn’t suit a band format, mainly as the music was too minimal and too specific the in musical detail that I had in mind that would have made it difficult working in a collaboration. I barely did anything with it until early 2011, a few years after I moved to the UK when I released an initial EP, “No Longer Stranger”. I started performing live with Soft Riot in mid-2011 in London.

Read the whole interview here