Interview: Disorder – Hungry Ghosts

Disorder is an alternative rock vehicle from London, UK – a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and engineer Machi-ei Faron and drummer/percussionist John Stewart. The project is equal parts musical journey of self discovery and an attempt to reevaluate and reimagine what rock n roll is in the XXI century.

Hey, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. Can you tell us about your early career? Where did you get the idea for the music industry?

I’d like to think we are in our early career stages right now haha. I have worked as a sound engineer and a studio assistant throughout my adulthood so these experiences were crucial to my perception and, ultimately, acceptance for music industry and everything it is. 

Where do you start when producing songs?

Itall starts with a direct transmission from, let’s called it, ‘beyond’. Usually the song arrives in my head fully formed as a certain feeling, mood, only then, it is the intellectual part that kicks in when I need to channel it properly to make it ‘materialize’ on this plane. And this doesn’t ever stop up until the song is fully mastered. There’s a feeling, emotion I want and need to convey even all the way down to selection of artwork.

Your latest song is ‘Hungry Ghosts’. Can you tell us more about the making of it and if there were any unusual things happening during the process?

I’m extremely fortunate to work with a drummer like John, he is to me one of the most exciting musicians I have ever heard playing and the parts he writes are always challenging, surprising and ultimately, satisfying to work with for me. ‘Hungry Ghosts’ started as a simple, two-chord psychedelic jam, but the different patterns, grooves he introduced to the song pushed me into a very different direction – inspiring me to built those different sounding sections around them.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced?

Quite honestly the biggest challenge for me is marketing our music, I love writing, producing, performing, but one thing I absolutely hopeless with is find a way to reach wider audiences with the songs. It feels somehow wrong to think about something this precious as a product that needs to be marketed, yet it is absolutely necessary. I suppose finding a way to do that that is not against my personal beliefs and doesn’t degrade the art and my relationship to it, would be the ultimate challenge.

What is your goal in artistic activities?

To be a device through which the worlds of energies and spirits communicate with our world.

How do you know when a work is finished?

It never is haha. But realistically it needs to eventually; I have this really old stereo my parents bought when I was a kid and I’ve been listening to music on it pretty much all my life, so I know it fairly well – if it sounds acceptable on it, I feel it’s ready to be send to distribution. 

What is your trademark? It’s about unique sounds or behaviors on stage.

I strive to write music that’s uncompromisable – I want it to sound familiar, yet, like nothing else on the radio today. Also I look great in black gothic dresses haha

What are your biggest achievements so far as an artist, but also personally.

I would divide this into two: personally, every song that we finish is the biggest achievement as, ultimately on the day I write each and every single one of them in my head I go ‘This will never be done, I cannot fathom the amount of work it will take for this to be done, ready, out’ and then we always do, so yeah. On an industry level when we got to work with Billy Bush who mixed and co-produced our single ‘At The Door’ was an important milestone – having someone who worked alongside Butch Vig on some of the greatest rock records of the last decade or so appreciate and collaborate on your work, was a huge validation. 

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

My grandma always says I don’t sound like me whenever I play her any new song. I am yet to find out who DO I sound.

What are your plans for the future?

We will have a new song ‘Lily’ coming out in August, followed by 3 more till the end of the year. We’ll see how it goes, hopefully some local gigs in London area in the Fall, but that’s in the works!

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