Machines & Merriment: Peverelist

Peverelist – label head, trailblazing producer and key ingredient to the Bristol sonic insurgence. Tom Ford has established himself as a local legend amongst the creatively minded, ever ambitious Bristolian youngsters that surround him. From the hay-days of Jungle to the rapture of Dubstep, ‘Pev’ has seen it all. At a guess, his success may well be attributed to a mixture of observance, perseverance and eclecticism, but then again, does it really matter? Hyponik had a chat with the man ahead of his upcoming gig at Dystopia.

Describe to us the function and purpose of Punch Drunk.
I started Punch Drunk in 2006 as a response to the new music that was coming out of Bristol but didn’t have a natural home. We’ve always stuck to our pledge in supporting Bristol artists and more recently, for example, have launched the recording careers of artists such as Ekoplekz and Kahn who have gone on to have huge success.

Describe to us your method for both production and performance.
I have always just dj-ed as Peverelist. I love vinyl and playing across the board, lots of different types of music. We do a live show for the Livity Sound project, maybe sometime next year I’ll be able to put together a Pev one. My production method could be described as haphazard and tea fuelled.

Tell us about your musical origins and inspirations.
I’ve always been inspired by underground music, independent music and the do it yourself ethic. I got in to dance music in the early nineties and have followed the UK scene ever since. From Jungle to Garage and Grime to Dubstep. I’m also a big fan of 70’s Jamaican music and the UK soundsystem thing, obviously house and techno and anything else that’s a bit odd or different. I love it all.

Tell us about your ‘Livity Sound’ collaboration with Kowton and Asusu – will we hear future collective work?
Livity Sound is an ongoing project. We’re working on music that has a shared aesthetic rather than a specific genre I guess. It’s been really helpful to bounce ideas off each other. We have been performing together as a live show for a few months and have done shows so far this year in the UK and around Europe. Expect more 12″s soon.

Elaborate on the importance of Rooted Records to you personally and the influence it had on your creativity – was the closure a significant loss to the community?
It’s like anything; people don’t miss stuff until it’s gone. Thankfully my old Rooted colleague Chris has picked up where Rooted left off with his own Idle Hands shop on Stokes Croft in Bristol. I worked at Rooted for 10 years and loved it. Hearing and being able to champion new music, joining the dots on the local scene, bringing it all together. Being right there for when Grime exploded and then later Dubstep was really exciting to be a part of.

As a matter of curiosity, give us your take on ‘the human experience and perception of time’ – are you intrigued by our capability limits as humans?
More likely, I am frustrated by my capability limit. It’s often underestimated the extent to which music can profoundly affect us. I love music’s psychedelic potential.

It is apparent that pieces of your work reference the notion of ‘man versus machine’ – is this a subject that interests you as it did for Kraftwerk?
I don’t really know much about Kraftwerk but for me it’s not really ‘man versus machine’. I was writing a lot with the idea in mind of the uncanny machine and our new found dependence on technology.

What are we to expect during your upcoming performance at Dystopia?
Dancing, beer drinking, merriment and techno.

Where next for Peverelist?
Onwards and upwards.

Interview: Mime

Peverelist will perform at Dystopia, alongside Surgeon and Perc, this Saturday the 13th of October. Tickets are available here