Thursday, 5 August 2010


Dave Syke, former front man of Hail Social is now a blogosphere darling under the alias (currently) of Memory Tapes (but previously and sometimes Memory Cassettes and Weird Tapes). Creating addictive, other worldly music that helped last year's release 'Seek Magic' climb into heaps of 'albums of 2009'. He's also a dab hand at the ol' remix business and it looks like artists are figuratively (although not confirmed) chomping at the bit for his expertise and also looking in Memory Tape's direction to produce. Syke has a new album coming out in around October that is said to not sound how we think it will. The fact he doesn't own a phone seems to be mentioned in everything I've read about him, so I'm going to buck the trend and say..maybe he does now.

In a myspace update a while ago, my friend thinks you hinted that you might be done with the Memory Tapes alias, is this true or is he crazy aha?
I was done for a couple weeks.... but i've had a relapse.

Are you working on any new remixes at the moment, your remixes are awesome!
Black Keys and Clare McGuire are the next big ones.

What's the best gig you've ever played?
My old band played a real small club show on New Years Eve in Philly... that was probably the most fun I've had at a show.

What artists do you like at the moment?
I like what James Blake is doing a lot.

Can you remember coming up with any particularly hilarious, initial band names that were thankfully discarded?
Whisper and The Kick Drum when I was a teenager.

And finally, who would you cite as your major influences?
The Beatles and David Bowie

Listen to all of this stuff and be seriously impressed.