The release of “Souvenirs” on Correspondence Tapes is only a few days away. Here’s an interview with the maven behind this brilliant project, Ben Catt.
What have been your inspirations as an artist?
Different song ideas come from different places. Souvenirs feels like a sort of weird accumulation of real and imaginary events from day-to-day life over the past few years.
What gave rise to the name Outside the Museum?
It’s stolen from Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut, somewhere in the prologue.
Describe the creative process you use whilst writing songs.
There’s no deliberate “process”. Bits get torn apart and stuck back together. For example, the piano tracks were lifted from some tapes I made almost 5 years ago.
How did you come to be in the Correspondence Tapes collective?
I came up with the Correspondence Tapes name because I was interested in taking on new responsibilities and figuring out the whole process of releasing music. I’d been recording albums under different names for years, but I never let anyone else listen. After working in publishing for a couple of months I decided to start an actual label and get other people involved. New adventures.
What can we expect to see from Correspondence Tapes in the coming year?
Firstly, our inaugural compilation In Wonderful Correspondence is available to download (for free!) through our Bandcamp page and has contributions from the likes of iji, Wisdom Tooth, Adrian Orange, and more. Right now we are planning a release by Dressed Like Wolves along with a few other exciting tapes for 2012.
What’s your preferred format for releasing material?
I prefer cassettes because I grew up with them. Correspondence is as much a digital label as it is a tape label though. Different formats for different purposes.
Can we expect some future cassettes from Outside the Museum?
There will be a cassingle coming out on Rok Lok Records sometime this year which includes a handful of recordings which didn’t fit into Souvenirs. I recently started writing songs for a new album using a computer, which I have never really done before. It took about a week to make 2 seconds of music. Slow process!
Where do you see yourself over the coming year?
We will hopefully be moving into printed releases; story booklets and informative leaflets and endless scrolls.
What is your opinion on independent music?
It definitely makes a difference when art is produced self-sufficiently.
Do you think social media has helped or hindered independent music?
I don’t really use social networking sites, although I probably should. In general I find it difficult to pay attention to internet things. We have a Bandcamp page and a mailing list though, which you can sign up to here: http://eepurl.com/ilKdI.
A huge thanks to Ben for taking part in this interview!
Go and visit Correspondence Tapes and scope out “Souvenirs” for yourself as well as the new compilation, “In Wonderful Correspondence!”