Tape Deck kicks off a Christmas edition this Thursday at Ancient World - where The Gore Edition will be performing, alongside fellow electronica alumni Kimonono, CAVLRY and Jack Sellars. We caught up with Thomas Harding to learn more about his enigmatic project.
How did The Gore Edition come about?
I started playing in bands soon after I picked up the drums, playing a lot of hard rock and blues inspired music. As a kid, all I ever wanted to do was make music, so I started using programs like Garage Band and Mixcraft to make tracks that I could drum too. This then led into making more complex music and getting into music production. The Gore Edition came about because I wanted to release my music, and also perform it live.
What influences your work - musically or otherwise?
I grew up listening to a lot of different types of music, so I like to think that any style of music can influence me. If I was to name a few people/acts, I would say Navenek, BadBadNotGood and Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers.
What was the idea behind bringing the drum kit into the live setup? Has there been any complications with the setup?
I like to think of myself as a drummer first, producer second. So when I started to think about my live performance, it was only natural that I would include a live drum kit. The only complications I have run in to are in regards to space - some stages can’t fit my whole kit, so in those situations I adjust the kit accordingly.
What’s been your favourite show so far?
Probably the time I played Futuresounds Adelaide's Sidechain. It was such a great environment and I had the most invigorating feeling while performing. Being a part of that was brilliant, especially because of what Futuresounds are doing on the Adelaide electronic music scene.
What are your plans for 2017?
2017 is shaping up to be a killer year! I have quite a few shows coming up, some really sick collaborations in the pipeline, and also a brand new EP coming out.
Tape Deck promises to be a big night - how are you feeling about it?
I am extremely excited, it’s basically a night of performing with my favourite Adelaide artists, which is going to be awesome.
Tape Deck played on Thursday night at Ancient World. You can keep up with The Gore Edition here.
Images by Foto Hund; supplied by Thomas Harding.
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