Go Home Productions
GHP is Mark Vidler, the very grounded, well known and equally talented mashup artist from the UK. He's best known for his work as a Bastard Pop artist, but has also been quite busy doing more traditional remixes, in addition to some creative work for television and radio (Update: We did a phone interview with him in 2008. Check it out HERE). He's been a featured artist on XFM, WFMU, LIVE105 and the BBC, just to name a few, and is one of the few mashup artists to have his work legally available. Don't ask me how, but he's managed it... His album "This Was Pop (2002-2007)," a 5 year bootleg retrospective, is also available as a free download at his website.
He's actually made his entire back catalog available - a couple hundred tracks at least, by my estimate - downloadable by album. Check it out HERE. There are a small handful of mashup artists I've learned to trust and Go Home Productions is definitely in the top five. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions...
*Name: Go Home Productions
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Mark Vidler / Go Home Productions
*Do you use a pseudonym? I have used various pseudonym's over the years: Lord Greystoke / Tarzan Of The Apes / English Cheddar Produce / Allen Dean / iBall Hard Life / The Kray Twins amongst others...
*Members: Just the one. I get claustrophobic.
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: 'Digital Deconstructions' would suit me best I guess. All the bootlegs and original material are digitally created on the whole. I use hardware too, my guitars (via my Pod XT).
*Another genre descriptor: 'Psychedelectronics' is what I'd describe some of my more experimental stuff that I toy with in my spare time. Weird soundscapes with little or no form or structure. They are just personal sketches and very theraputic.
*Location: I'm currently based in Watford and have been for the past 10 years.
*What is your creative/artistic background: After dropping out of art school in 1987, I joined Camden based 'World Of Music' as a guitarist. We then morphed into 'Chicane' around 1990. We achieved a fair degree of success. 5 singles and an album. Played by Peel / Radio 1. Supported Spiritualized / Catherine Wheel, signed to BMG. Eventually left the band in 1996. In 2002, I felt the need to get back into the 'business' and created Go Home Productions.
*History: This year (2007), Go Home Productions has been creating for five years. On a personal level I've been making some sort of recorded noise since 1983.
*Born: I was born in Barnet (North London - UK), 1967 (the summer of love). So... that makes me a very healthy 40 years of age ...and yes, I look pretty good on it.
*Motivations: I've always made music in some form or another. My father being a classically trained pianist, my mother forcing me to watch TOTP and my uncles bending my ears with Beatles / Stones / Osmonds and Abba, all made a pretty big influence on me I guess. It's in my blood. In a weird way I see what I do (and what I have done) is paying homage to all the artists and bands that I grew up loving. I'm fortunate to have met, made friends and worked with a healthy handful of them. It's very much been worth it. That's what keeps me going.
*Philosophy: Not too much philosophy to be fair. Just tampering and remolding 'pop' music, or 'sounds' that I like. Yes, I'm manipulating other people’s work but I like to think I've applied a healthy splash of red to their canvas. My original material tastes many flavours: electro - dub - psych - soundtrack.
*How would you like to be remembered: As a good son, brother, husband, uncle and friend.