Written by Priscilla Eyles
25 Monday 25th October 2010


Nedry, a trip-hop trio consisting of programmers and guitarists Matt Parker and Chris Amblin and singer Ayu Okakita, are building up a reputation through their captivating live sets. And through the release this year of their critically acclaimed debut Condors and support from BBC DJs like Huw Stephens, Nedry are gaining deservedly bigger audiences.  Ahead of their must-see show with Drum Eyes at Corsica Studios on Wednesday and a show at the ICA on November 6, Chris talks to Don't Panic about their journey.
I read that Nedry met through recommendations on the internet, what first attracted you to each other?
Matt was playing in an interesting hip-hop, psychedelic type band and it was just something that I hadn’t really heard much of. I went to see him play and I was just really interested in the way he was doing live electronic stuff. Ayu is just really special, immediately you hear her voice and it just instantly captures you.  So it was a no-brainer really! [laughs] And Matt’s a bit like me, really organised so once we started making music together we knew it was going to work because we’re both driven.
With Ayu coming from such a different background, having been on major record label in Japan and part of the J-pop scene, how has this affected the group?
Ayu’s got a really strong sense of identity coming from that scene.  And when we toured in Japan she was very conscious of showing us how J-pop is 99 percent of music in Japan and how she’s really battling against that. She’s basically created her own sound in amongst a big backdrop of generic bad music [laughs]. So in a way her strength of identity helps because she’s constantly pushing against what is the mainstream. And she doesn’t feel constricted by that either, we can quite happily follow her and do things that we wouldn’t expect to.
Before you and Matt were in Nedry what other musical projects were you involved in?
Oh loads! I’ve been doing music for as long as I can remember, I’ve been playing in bands since I was a teenager. Me and Matt are both from a background of playing in four-piece bands playing rock, post-rock and metal. For the three of us this is the first time we’ve chosen to do something totally electronic, a bit more unique. But all those influences of the bands we’ve been in before help us now.
Was it always your intention to combine electronic music with live instruments and vocals?
I think the main intention for us is to just try and make something that’s visually stimulating for an audience. We try and play live as much as possible, and the live experience is different to what you hear on record. I think it’s just a reaction to the amount of gigs I went to in my early twenties where it was just two guys behind laptops, and they just weren’t doing anything and the audience weren’t doing anything. It just was really boring and I felt that there was a real stagnation in the electronic music scene that I was seeing, and we were determined not to end up in that hole. That’s what’s pushed us, I mean we haven’t sat down and said we’ve gotta mix these beats with this, that’s happened simultaneously.
Who do you think have been your biggest musical influences?
For this type of music it is Portishead or Radiohead, people who have their own identity and you can immediately tell it’s them. We’re all Radiohead obsessives, they’re definitely a huge influence on all of us.
And also Thom Yorke’s Eraser album, I heard the influence of that too.
Yeah, it’s really funny because when we first got together, because we were getting to know each other we started off by making little mix CDs for each other and we all had Thom Yorke on there [laughs]. Like, yeah that’s gonna be an influence.
What are your plans next for Nedry? Do you have any long-term goals?
Our plan now for the rest of the year is European touring playing in London occasionally and trying out new material. Start of next year we’ll be going back into the studio and trying to finish off the majority of the new record, we’re basically just gonna spend a lot of time on it because we want it to be as good as it can be. Certainly the festival season next year I really hope we can get out in front of more people. It’d be hard to top this year really for us; it’s been a magical year.
Nedry play at the ICA on Nov 6 with Soft Circle, EYE from The Boredoms and Baths, before return in December. For more information see here.


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  • Guest: Lo7294
    Wed 03 - Nov - 2010, 20:46
    They really are a great live band. Well worth going to that show on Saturday. It's going to be awesome.