Interview with UNDISCOVERED TELEVISION (UTV)
Undiscovered Television (UTV) are a postjazz quartet from London. We intend to make accessible, intelligent and emotional postjazz. By the term postjazz we mean that we live now and have studied the past: That the language of jazz is intrinsic to this contemporary musical statement. We have conducted an interview with Andy Lale of UTV today.
What is UNDISCOVERED TELEVISION about?
Why have we called ourselves Undiscovered Television? Because the compositions on this record (Gypsy in a High Rise) are thematic, meaning that there is always a discernible musical theme that is explored through improvisation and returned to (most of the time) in the classic jazz tradition. These themes are instrumental and therefore can be used with images of the listeners choice, or can be used as a soundtrack for life: In an age when most music is listened to privately (on headphones) but while we are ‘out in the world’ – as we walk around and explore our environment. My experience of this phenomena is of entering into my own TV show, supported by a private music that remains undiscovered by the society I interact with. I loved the idea of deliberately writing for this imagined individualist, who might want something evocative rather than bombastic, to better represent them.
Tell us about your album “Gypsy In a High Rise” which was voted as No.1 summer album.
Gypsy in a High Rise is a concept album in a low key sense. The overall idea is about the ancient spirit of freedom that we can all relate to that Gypsies represent, becoming trapped within capitalistic forces, freezing us into tower blocks, physically, while an uneasy sense of becoming trapped remains psychically. The music is about the painful absurdity of this, but also about expressing this, and finding an inner place of individuality.
What is your inspiration as a musician?
I started playing when I was 7 but after an awkward incident in a sweet shop, which involved the local constabulary, I was grounded and this love of music lay dormant until it returned at the age of 12, along with fags, fires, fights and ideas of romance. I have always been inspired by traditional early blues and the progressive rock movement, but also by Bernstein, Ravel and Stravinsky for their interest in contemporary harmony. My guitar style is a synthesis of Metheny, Montgomery, Page and Gismonte, there is a little gypsy in them all. I got the idea of using an 8 string guitar from Egberto Gismonte.