After an amazing response last year we have once again resurrected our Brighton Bites mini-interviews. These short and snappy Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts strutting, sailing, surfing (insert preferred form of transport here) in to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. 2018 was a record-breaking year for the Fringe with over 575,000 people attending the festival; and with 2019 promising to be more inclusive than ever, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store across the 4,500+ events and performances that are on offer.
Next up, Hypnotique tell us about their show Totally Wired! which they’ll be performing at Sweet Werks 2.
Describe your show in one sentence?
A multimedia show about the weird and wonderful story of electronic music, with Britain’s third best theremin player.
Why Brighton Fringe?
I’ve done many great shows at Brighton with my other act, electronic music comedy duo, Eccentronic – and I do like to be beside the seaside! The atmosphere and team behind Brighton Fringe really is world class.
How did the show get to where it is today?
I studied the history of electronic music when I was at university, and I later got a chance to meet and work with some of its great historic figures – like Bob Moog and Jean-Jacques Perrey – who are responsible for the sound of music that we hear today. This show celebrates the pioneers, past and present, who are changing our audio imagination.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
In what other show could you meet the woman who created the Doctor Who theme, the inventor of the world’s first synthesizer, and try your hand at playing the theremin – the spooky sci-fi instrument that you play without touching it?
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
John Callaghan’s Cabaret Electro.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Always start your show with a glitter canon (or whatever the creative equivalent is for your genre!).
With the theme of this year’s festival being ‘DARE to Discover’, we’d like you to tell us a TRUTH – something about you or the show that fans may not know.
When researching this show, I was surprised to discover how far back electronic music goes. The first electronic instrument significantly pre-dates the 20th century and was a keyboard designed to give electric shocks to the player – just for fun! To find out more about it, you’ll need to come along and get Totally Wired (though I won’t be wiring up or electrocuting anyone in the show!)
Totally Wired! runs at Brighton Fringe 18-19 & 25-27 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed