Blanck Mass // In Short

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Somewhere between pressing buttons and pressing your buttons, Fuck Buttons musician Benjamin John Power has been up to no good for the past five years under his moniker Blanck Mass. The new resident of Scotland will be making the long trip down to Hackney to play Visions festival on August 8 so be prepared. Even if his music as Blanck Mass is a bit more sensual around the edges he will still be bringing the same high-octane electronic fuckery-pokery that defines the Buttons’ reign.

Yes, Power’s already made his mark on London – during the 2012 Olympics to be precise, when his track Sundowner was chosen by Underworld’s Rick Smith and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra during the opening ceremony of the Games.

With slightly less fanfare, Power dropped his second solo album Dumb Flesh last month. It was written, produced and recorded by Benjamin in various locations in less than a year. It began life in Fuck Buttons’ Space Mountain studio, moved into a windowless attic space in Hatch End, north London, and was then finished at his new home in Edinburgh.
According to Power, the album is a ‘comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state’. He added: “The frailty of the human body naturally became a resonant and inescapable part of the album’s gestation. We are at the mercy of our genetic heritage every day. No matter how intelligent we are compared to other life forms, we’re still made up of the same building blocks and things can go very wrong.”

Going wrong is something Power knows a few things about. Whether it’s his mind-warping psychedelic warfare or his frequency-bending musical proclivities, he admits that the album went through myriad stages of completion before arriving at this definitive version. “There must have been at least three occasions where I re-produced the whole thing, replacing instrumentation and experimenting with new machines until I was happy with where the evolution of the project had arrived,” he said. “That’s the difference between the subject matter of Dumb Flesh and the process of creating it; an end point can be reached. Saying that, I don’t like to stick around in one place too long so we’ll see where this leads to next.”

We caught up with Power to ask him the tough questions ahead of his Visions set – just don’t ask him to sniff glue with you.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Good, bad and ugly

My favourite film ever is…
Changes all the time. Close tie between Silence of the Lambs and Hell Raiser right now.

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Silly question

The song I hate the most is…
I don’t offer preferential treatment in this case. There are hundreds which I hate equally.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
I worked in a glue factory. I averaged around four nose-bleeds a day.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
The end of my musical career.

My favourite word is…
I like verbs which describe humans (or non-humans) destroying fruit, with tools or otherwise.

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Teleportation. Without a doubt. It would eliminate the need for me to ever be in an airport again.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
At the airport

I think you should listen to…
Your heart

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Myself, in the flesh, as I will then have successfully achieved astral projection

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Blanck Mass play Visions Festival in Hackney on Saturday 8th August