As one-third of the group Jahcoozi, (Sasha) Perera Elsewhere first came to our attention with her entrancing spoken-cum-sung vocals. Now treading her own path, her recent album, Everlast, is an inspired 21st century take on folk music. Listen to the longplayer below, and get to know Perera before her CDR Berlin visit this Thursday 5th December.
When and where did you first hear about or attend CDR? What do you recall?
I first heard of it from people in London quite few years ago. It was held at Plastic People [And still is!]. Plastic People has a great soundsystem…. its like an ideal small club. I’ve never been to CDR but I’ve been to a monthly night called FWD there quite a few times.
What do CDR Berlin attendees have in store for them when you represent at Prince Charles on December 5th?
I guess I’ll just tell people about the way I personally make music. I think there are no rights or wrongs in production methods, its just a subjective thing about how you want to sound. So I’m a big fan of hands on experimenting… totally autodidact…. just do what sounds good to you. I’m probably more an instrumentalist who pisses around with technology… I feel like I”m learning new stuff all the time.
When and why did the move from London to Berlin happen?
I actually studied German at university in London and had to do Erasmus in Cologne in 1999. Thus I stumbled upon Berlin and realised what a cool city it was and knew I had to move there as soon as possible. One year later I did so. Nobody in London at the time really realised how amazing Berlin was as a city, people were always a bit baffled. At the time it felt really off the radar… which is exactly what I wanted.
Who/What has been on heavy rotation on your audio player of late?
Sometimes some obscure re-releases on Honest Jons or Strut records too. Robot Koch put me onto this psychedelic folk chick called Linda Perhacs… I like some of that too. Depends on my mood.
Please talk us through the track you last [cmd] ‘S’d ? ([ctrl] ‘S’ to PC users) [in other words, last project you saved]
I made a remix for Planningtorock. I used a MFB 522 drum computer for the first time. I recorded load of different Moog synths using the their app Animoog. It feels spacious at times and then there are a load of layered synths and a really percussive part… a dragged out outro. It’s kinda dynamic and pretty and odd sounding…. I pitched and timestretched some of her vox, a synth and a pizzicato double bass from her stems. Its become a lil mantra like… listen in [link to the Guardian‘s site].
Finally, have you any advice or words of warning for producers/musicians developing musical works in progress to play at CDR?
No not really … I think it’s great you’ve come along to do this… I think I wouldn’t have had the balls to do so, I can be very reclusive when I’m making stuff….. so I do think it’s great you’ve come down. And I’m sure you are gonna meet some like minded souls here.. In the end everyone can learn from each other and collaborating can be a great way to do that. As I said, there is not right or wrong… I think its about developing your own identity soundwise.
Photo by Patrick Houi.