Jerico One >
After reading a promising album review and interview featured in the latest Side Line magazine, it seemed a worthwhile idea to contact theLondonbased solo act for some additional promotion and fresh news.... So, with this years debut album release "Replica Automata" unleashed recently via his own Urbcom label and distributed throughout Europe by Alfa Matrix, it's taken next to no time at all for him to create a growing interest abroad, leading now to not only collaborations alongside other artists, but also a new label deal and already some follow-up material planned for October....
Richard Hobbs fires some questions at a busy J. Hookens. (September 03)
(Pictures by Neil Froud)

1. How did the Jerico One> project spring to life, and what are your reasons for keeping it a solo project?
           Musically the project started in mid 2001 with a few compilation contributions...like "Hi-Techwars", but it was around December 2002 Jerico One> started to play live, which instigated the recording of the debut lp... released in 2003.
With regards to being a solo project, this way I can keep my identity and have complete artist control, and more importantly keep my independence without having to compromise or being at the mercy of any individual member... also there are no other egos to deal with... coz I don't have time to deal with that shit... coz around '97 I rolled with a few bands/projects and I was always at the mercy of the main guys producing the music... so without them... nothing was done!! which taught me in the future to be as mobile/independent as you can be...This way I have only myself and my vision... to drive me on... and to keep creating / developing both as an artist/producer... Also I think it's more interesting for the listener, coz stuff just unfolds rather than having a set format or formula
           ...Also in the year 2k3, who needs a band... I can create pretty much any sound on my laptop studio...You also have artists like [Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto who does all the shit himself....also people like Surgeon....to Sqaurepusher...The Aphex Twin.....to Bad Asse Al-[Ministry].
           ...So yea, I intend to keep JERICO ONE> as myself and the face of the project.... with various collaborations with other artists like [Geoff] also I've done a few tracks with [Dave Escott aka AWACX ] and I like to keep stuff open for interpretation with regards to working with various other artists/singers etc..
         In contrast to my debut album "Replica Automata" my new material will have other artists involved and will also have various singers... this will result as album featuring various remixes and will be released at the start of 2004 via the Belgian label Alfa Matrix.

 2. Since Jerico One> has been around for 3 years, you have only just released the debut album "Replica Automata", what else had the project been concentrating on between this time?
          Like I said, the project only became real around Dec 2002 and before that it was just a name I used for various internet projects/writing etc... So in real-time the name was officially only born musically speaking in 2003.....

3. So, what does "Replica Automata" actually mean to you on a personal note?
          To me they are just words cut up... that came together by chance.... so there's no big meaning behind it to speak of... It's really just a concept that could mean anything to anyone.... so I will leave it up to the individual to make their own meanings.

4. Apart from using some samples, why the decision to make "Replica Automata" an instrumental album?
          Previous to this project I used to be a singer/frontman with various underground projects, so it was a time for me to try something different and working at the controls was new to me and something I've never done before and now I am no longer interested in doing vocals... This I will leave to various other collaborators in the future, so that I can focus on the production side of things... Talking about vocals, I've just done a collaboration track with Marc Heal from (Cubanate) called "No Blind Runner" and will be available only via our website as an mp3... Aside from that, we plan to work with a few vocalists both male and female in the future... However, for me it is still very important to have space/instrumentation coz sometimes I don't want to hear any voice, just sounds and effects.

 5. You've said your music is influenced by sci-fi films, so when composing do you imagine a certain scenario you've seen in a film and then piece together a relevant soundtrack which could correspond to it?
           All my ideas with regards to sound come from me and are original...really just a state of mind... as I am a very visual person... and creating sounds is part of my experimental nature and who I am... So no, I don't try to re-create a soundtrack for any film, more like a film that has never been made... My influence with regards to sci-fi is just entertainment and food for thought... But people say to me my music would be really good for adverts and films... which is something I might try in the future...

 6. Whilst on the subject, seen any good films recently?
The last film I saw was Terminator 3... which was pretty cool and better than expected...

7. Back to business... Lets talk about achieving the finished sound, how do you construct/arrange each track?
          A lot of my tracks are very bass driven and electronic to the core, so to answer this question is very difficult only to say each track I try to create has a life/mood of its own so there's no set way of working... every track is different...

8. Why was it so important for you to produce the recordings in one-take for the album?
          My reason for this was to keep everything raw, fresh and inspired and not to over-produce shit, and I love working this way... coz it leaves space for interaction with other off the cuff instrumentation and it's more experimental like this...

9. The engineering work on the album was handed to The Nine's Geoff Pinckney. What has influenced your choice in seeking his input, and what valuable aspects do you feel he has contributed to your music?
           I met [Geoff] at punish studios and we just clicked right away... Both of us were looking to create something more experimental, so meeting [Geoff] was perfect timing with regards to mixing down the lp... All the tracks were recorded and performed by myself on my laptop before going into the studio... So [Geoff's] role was to edit and help me mix down the tracks and he helped me to enhance the sound and overall production... So yes I enjoyed working with him on this project... We have also collaborated on some new stuff for the ep, as he is working under the name [alien#six13] he's also got his own lp coming out sometime this year...

 10. What kind of a listener are you looking to attract, maybe I've gone to the wrong places, but it's not the really the type of music I've come across in clubs?
          Whoever likes it I guess... But mostly people who like their music with and edge or left field electro-industrial-experimental-techno... and are interested in listening to something that's not contrived or cloned... in terms of new ideas and re-constructing... de-constructing sounds and beats...
           I think the tracks on the lp are quite varied in the sense its very adventurous with no real music pretensions whilst still keeping a theme that runs through...
           My aim is not to try to make music for anyone but myself... Saying that, it's always nice when someone else likes it as well!!... coz at the end of the day, that's what it's about... communication... and expressing your emotions...
           On the album you have a few slow dark moody tracks in conjunction with a few off-the wall tracks... and tracks like "Paralexia" which is also now featured on the new compilation called "Cyberl@b v.4" released by the [Alfa Matrix] label which features mostly dance/club tracks from artists like FRONT 242 etc...
           So my music is still at its early developments, but already I have had really cool feedback from people... who have included my stuff on club playlists and radio etc, so it depends on what clubs you go to... maybe people who go to places like The Slimelight... or Nag Nag Nag... or wherever...
           Me, I always keep an open mind... My new stuff is a lot more danceable, whilst still being very experimental and uncompromising with regards to production... So far, mostly people inFrance,Belgium,BerlinandUSAhave liked it, but it's only available on import and has not been officially made available in theUKyet...

11. What other musical side projects are you working on, and how do you strive to keep these projects separate to Jerico One>?
           I have no time for any side-projects right now... all my time is now focused only with Jerico One>... Since the release of the album, I've already had a few offers to do various remixes etc... which is more interesting for me... but right now I don't even have time for that coz I am interested in producing my own music... unless I really like the artist etc... that's different... coz it's good to work with other people, and I need to keep growing and to be inspired also...

12. I see you're currently planning a mini tour ofEurope, how will you go about reproducing your music for a live audience?
          These dates ofEuropehave been put back coz I've been busy recording the new stuff... My worry is not about re-producing the music live... but how it looks visually also... as I will be doing some show soon before x-mass in and around London just as PA'S mostly, to promote the current album.... The live performance will be myself triggering live samples/sounds via my laptop really, and mixing fx through the desk... Also I hope to have a few guest appearances from various artists... to make things a little more visual and interactive and interesting.

13. Is music your life, or are there other areas of work and interest?
          Yes... pretty much... however I do have a life doing other shit... But music is probably the most important to me...Since I can remember... also I love films and being active in one form or another, whatever that may be.

14. So, after a promising start, what do you think the future holds for Jerico One>?
           So far I am really pleased with how it's all going... Things are going to keep evolving with regards to the development of sound etc... I think it's a case of letting things take their own course... Who knows what the future holds... 
           I am really looking forward to my next album coz I feel it's a real step in the right direction... in terms of keeping shit off the cuff and keeping it raw and experimental... and it should appeal to a bigger audience in the industrial electronic scene... in terms of using vocals and other artists etc...
           Also I am glad the name is getting around and I hope to have a good profile by the end of 2k3, both in the industrial and electro markets...