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A Dirty Dozen with ROBERTO SOAVE from DOGTABLET – January 2020

| 19 January 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “The dark electronic band DOGTABLET featuring Jared Louche (CHEMLAB), Martin King (TEST DEPT.) and Roberto Soave are pleased to announce the release of their full-length album, Feathers & Skin.  DOGTABLET’s individual parts all make sense on their own, but together they should not. Combine the people involved in Industrial agit-noise disruptors TEST DEPARTMENT with the baroque-goth figures SHELLEYAN ORPHAN as well as the machine rock’n’roll pioneers CHEMLAB.  Add dashes of THE CURE and some BEAT GENERATION ghost voices and you’d naturally come out with a directionless howl of meaningless cacophony.”  We get Roberto to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

It’s a very varied album. Its’ themes are dark but there are some lovely, introspective moments. Although the music is diverse, we were careful to make sure it hung together as a cohesive piece of work.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I played in my bass teacher’s cabaret band when I was about 14. We played in a psychiatric hospital where all the patients were extremely vulnerable – they would never be released. It was very quiet and there was very little activity until we started playing (“The Girl From Ipanema,” I think) and then they erupted into smiles and clapping. It was a really powerful indication of the power of music and I decided I wanted to pursue it.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

“Day is Done” by Nick Drake is possibly my favourite all-time track. Beautiful and atmospheric but heartbreakingly sad. Kind of defines the sort of music I like.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Roxy Music (early), Wire, Nick Drake, Iggy Pop, and The Cure.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Unfortunately, it can’t be done but it would have been Mick Ronson – genius guitarist and arranger.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Dark, brooding, rhythmic, noisy, soothing and varied ! People have been very kind about it.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The hours.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We tend to hang out in our local bars. We all get the drinks in and, being Dogtablet, acoustic guitars are banned…

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Post Cure show, London 1989. Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteaus. I embarrassed myself by raving about how much I loved her voice. I got the chance to apologise a couple of years later!

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?


11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I’d like to re-record my bass on The Associates Perhaps album. It was the beginnings of sampling and I ended up having the parts looped and stuck together. It was a very fragmented recording process and I thought the results didn’t flow like they should.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d play bass on Stranded by Roxy Music as long as I could play the same lines as my hero John Gustafson. Unfortunately, he was a genius and I’m not…




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