He is one of the living legends of the wider alternative music wing. Dean Garcia from the iconic 90s alternative rock/ shoegaze outfit Curve (Doppelgänger LP 1992), and the electronic dream-pop/ shoegaze band SPC ECO. The man who is also involved in a number of other edgy and pretty advanced outfits like KGC, STFU, Blurred City Lights, Inkraktare, Das Bleep, MAD, and more. A musician who has toured the world several times and recorded multiple albums with such established artists as The Eurythmics, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bryan Ferry, Sinead O’Connor, and Ian Dury. A real music machine, Mr Garcia, never rest as an artist and proof of that are the numerous records he was involved in all through his course from the mid-80s until now. Was it luck, Karma, the right time, his undoubted skills? All of these and more? He saw his name in the top spots with the most influential musicians ever in rock music generally. And think of this; It was Curve, Ride, Slowdive, and Telescopes who gave us the sounding of ‘shoegaze rock music’. The sonic definition of ‘shoegaze’ has his own permanent ink. Listen why, and let’s go the interview after that!
Hello Mr Garcia. Almost ten years have passed since Inkraktare’s previous album but, in December 2019, we saw the release of the new LP ‘We Are Not Really Here’. Once again you worked closely with Mark Wallbridge on the songwriting, performance, and production of the record. What caused such a huge hiatus in new musical output as Inkraktare and what led you to work together again?
Rose Berlin and Preston Maddox also appear in the album. What was the artistic “agreement” for that?
Is the outfit Inkraktare a collective work generally or is it Garcia with Wallbridge who pull the strings?
Are you also performing on stage as a band or is it all a studio project mostly?
So what should we expect to experience in your live shows? Any special visual treatment maybe? Any peculiar sonic approach to the music? Can you give us any dates, please?
You worked in two studios for this album. Can you tell us why and how you chose ElAb, and V Pig Studios?
Inkraktare notes that the album is “ dedicated to the collective consciousness”. Can you tell us please a few things about that?
You are the owner and the operator of ELab records. What is the aesthetic criterion of your choices to release a record via the label?
Mr Garcia, you are in the pitch for almost 40 years as a session musician and as a member of some of the most significant bands like Curve and SPC ECO. I’d like to ask first about the good things you took from your collaborations with Eurythmics, Sinead O’Connor, and Tom Petty. What did Dean Garcia keep from that era?
And then came Curve. After all these years do you think that Curve was an “instinctive” band or was the reaction to the wider indie-alternative rock scene?
Curve are fairly considered among the Europen pioneers of shoegaze. Do you accept the title?
Curve, Ride, Slowdive, the noises from The Jesus and Mary Chain, and even The Telescopes shaped the whole European shoegaze stream. What is your point of view on these bands?
Can you remember for us your gear when you were playing with Curve?
How do you feel about the current shoegazers of the world?
After some years you launched SPC ECO with Rose Berlin. What is SPC ECO to you and what is for Rose?
STFU, Blurred City Lights, KGC, are only but a few names you work with. Maybe, the musician can never stop creating music in the head, maybe the musician can never rest, right? What are all these amazing outfits?
And you also produce and release records as a solo artist too! From 2011’s ‘How Do You Feel’ LP to 2018’s ‘Das Bleep – You Are The Sun’ EP, which are your favorite Dean Garcia solo records and why, please?
And which one is the next album by Dean Garcia as solo, or with another team?
Mr Garcia thank you very much for your time! Last words on you!
Loud Cities Mike