Interview: Man Made
There’s no business like show business, and by that we mean it’s fucking difficult to get somewhere irrespective of whichever angle you’re approaching it from. Invariably, no one in this context ever got anywhere without help; which can mean anything from being childhood friends of a record label boss, to having relatively-well off parents so you can live rather comfortably whilst undertaking several unpaid internships in cascading order, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who really did do things their way, off their own backs, 100% of the time. With that being said, undertaking something that requires dauntless self-believe – which may or may not be regarded as misguided by those privy to it at the time – on one’s lonesome, irrespective of whether support is on hand, is most likely the most difficult thing for anyone to do, so much so that most people don’t even try during their entire lifetime (we might have nicked that from Little Miss Sunshine, which of course is one of the many reasons it is SUCH A GOOD FILM). Being a one-man band, like Man Made, can’t be the easiest of rides when inherently you’ve got to do the
lion’s share all of the glamourous and not-so-glamourous side of being a musician; such is the case for 19-year-old Nile Marr, with the added factor of being related to one of one of the biggest musical personalities the UK has produced. Either way, because or despite of these elements surrounding Man Made – and we wouldn’t dare presume to say one or the other at this stage, we are of course speculating – this previous-Killing-Moon-TOTD-Championship-belt-holder has done more than alright for himself, to date having shared stages with Badly Drawn Boy, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene (all the B’s, really), and most recently The Lemonheads, winning us over in the process with his thought-provoking lyrical power that resonates along the same lines as REM doing Damien Rice doing Jeff Buckley. Now on the eve of a UK/European tour and an EP to promote, we thought it was high time to get boy-wonder to answer those six probing, in-depth questions that you know, love and cherish…
Could you introduce yourself for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Hi, I’m Nile. I’m 19 and make music as Man Made.
Man Made – Nobody’s Dreaming
Man Made – Happiness (We’re All Invited)
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
My favourite has to be the Mass Grave/Golf Course EP release from Sharpie Crows (it actually came out end of 2010, but whatever). It’s one of the most exciting records I’ve heard for a while. Great singing, great words, amazing guitar playing, with really imaginative bass and drums. It just does the job.
KM: “But whatever”? “BUT WHATEVER”??? Do you have any idea how long it took us to develop such a succinct and articulate line of questioning, in line with keeping our remit both current and relevant to the subject matter? Why stop at 2010 dude? You’ve got all those other years to choose from as well. And while you’re at it, why don’t you just tell us to go fuck ourselves and our brilliant questioning. EH? BUDDY? We’ll allow this, however, purely on the basis that we’ve just watched the video below and found it truly terrifying.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz5681kSHs8&feature=related]
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
Sonic Youth playing NYE at Hammersmith Apollo. They came on stage for the countdown, then started playing at midnight, it was just insane. Shellac opened for them and killed it, keeping all the house lights on. It was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. On my way home I got mugged… totally worth it.
KM: Hmmmm. That’s 12 months and 15 days ago, to be exact. Close enough. Thanks for trying.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChnwlYvw4xc]
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
I’d quite like to moon an unguarded million pounds in cash…
KM: Very tactical of you, Mr. Made. We appreciate your ingenuity in this respect. However, whacking your answer through Google Images yielded the following result, so the best we can do right now is surmise that this is what you’d look like SHOULD you present your bare buttocks to all that wonga…
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
It depends on how you’re going to be killed? But it’d be Can’t Explain by Meredith Sheldon. I think she’s putting it out on an EP pretty soon. I’d die happy listening to that.
KM: Good choice. In answer to your question, the method of killing would involve travelling back in time to exactly 12 months ago, diving into an unguarded pile of a cool million pounds in cash all-Ducktails style, and finding out that actually it really hurts.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ovrRsveZw]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
KM: You seriously don’t give a shit, do you?
Man Made – Don’t Thank God
Man Made – Do Your Worst
Man Made tours with Howler across the UK from 23rd January.
Thanks to James Hawkins @ Oh! Inverted World.