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Wildplanet
by Andrew Duke

Why would a musician living in Stockholm send a demo to 430 West Records in Detroit?
"I did an album and a couple of 12 inches for Warp in 1992 and 1993 as Wildplanet and then I left that and did some music under the name Feedback for FNAC and F Communications. I was living in Leeds England, but fell in love with a Swedish girl and ended up moving to Sweden. When I started doing music as Wildplanet again, I wanted a change. I thought that 430 West were the people to send my music to because it had been so long since my last record on Warp and the style had actually changed a bit--I had grown up, become more mature. I was doing a little bit different music, so I decided to send it somewhere else."

What was your goal when you recorded the Transmitter album for 430 West?
"It's a real mixture. It's not just 4/4 techno or electro or a similar thing. It's really all the things I like to do mixed together to make an LP. I haven't tried to just make techno or electro. Basically, half the tracks on the LP are quite offbeat and half are a little bit more like the 'Moving On"/"Synthetic' single. It's Wildplanet, but people should expect something different from the 12 inch."

You're also part of a Swedish collective called Lucky People Centre that does music and film and released an album (International) on Sweden's Beverage label. Tell me more.
"Lucky People Centre is more of a side thing I do when I'm not doing my own music. It's actually something quite different to get away. There are four of us in the band and two of the guys make videos and film, the other two of us and one of the film guys make the music. It's great to work with various people coming and going, doing a track here and there. It's fun."

You almost released an album as Kindred Spirit.
"I had a brief relationship with a London label, Brute. They pissed me about totally. It's a small label and they rang me for two years because they wanted me to do some tracks for them. I the end I did some tracks as Kindred Spirit and then an album, but it was never released. There were huge problems with it. Basically, they wanted me to change my music completely. So I had to cancel that whole project and move on."

The rumor is that Wildplanet was once a duo. True or false?
"Originally the records on Warp were actually me and one other guy, an old friend of mine in England. We actually had a big breakup and we just didn't feel like it was good to work with each other anymore."

What's your connection to LFOer Mark Bell?
"I've been working with Mark since I was 16. Before he had LFO, we did a band called TUF, the Underground Force. It was kind of a joke, but we were young and just getting into techno. We were listening to Metroplex, stuff like that, and in the late '80s we started making our own tracks. I did a lot of touring with LFO from 1991 to early 1994."

Why did you wait so long to do new music under the Wildplanet name?
"Warp Records had a lot of faith in the music, but I had some bad reviews in Melody Maker. People like it, but they didn't seem to really get into it. It wasn't the time in 1992 for this kind of techno to be received well in the North of England. It is now; now it's been and gone almost."

Do you visit the UK often?
"I try to get back at least once a year to see my family and friends and just kind of soak up the English vibe. But I'm really enjoying living in Stockholm right now, so I don't have any intention of moving back to England in the near future. Maybe later. Actually I've been playing in Amsterdam recently and it seems like a really nice place. So the probability of me moving to Amsterdam is higher."

What's your take on the Swedish scene?
"I have friends like Jesper Dahlback, Cari Lekebusch, Adam Beyer, and others who are very successful. They're really nice guys. I'm not Swedish, I'm just living here. It doesn't have the kind of musical content that I really like in music, like in the music that I do."

related link:
Wildplanet website