#47 - The Third Man (live set)
After D. Knox’s Movement Festival special we now hand the controls over to EPM recording artist The Third Man for the next instalment of the EPM Podcast. Delivering something a bit different, The Third Man offers a brand new live set, direct from the studio bunker featuring tracks from the recently released debut album ‘Beyond The Heliosphere’ and many brand new and unreleased cuts that are exclusive to this podcast.
British born, London based producer The Third Man (Toby Leeming) had previously delivered releases on influential electronic labels like Ai, ART and Tabernacle before EPM put out his ‘Double Dawn’ single earlier this year. Accompanied by re-workings from like-minded producers Claro Intelecto and John Heckle, it presented the first sample of what ‘Beyond The Heliosphere’ had in store – a fine-tuned and captivating long-player.
The Third Man will be performing live at SuicideCircus in Berlin on Friday 5th July as part of his own album launch party alongside ‘Double Dawn’ remixer Claro Intelecto, ahead of the release of new single ‘Pipes of Helios Canyon’ (Legowelt Remix) both digitally and on 12” vinyl from 8th July on EPM.
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Q&A with The Third Man
1. Please give us a quick run through the live set. What inspired you to choose these tracks and what can you tell us about the new material?
This is a live mix I did of ideas that I had before I laid down the album, I made it as a mix of my own just to listen too and see what I liked and just as a piece of music to have. Then after the album it seemed a chance to get it out there, its got a couple of album tracks on, some more finished than others and then the rest is little clips and ideas, some of tunes I may release at some point and others just as little live nuggets.
2. ‘Beyond The Heliosphere’ your debut album captures a lot of textures and shades across the palette of techno. Was it always your intention to make such a journey?
Yeah, definitely. I had put out various tunes before and they were always chosen by the labels whereas here I got to dictate the tracklisting and order and sculpt it as one listen as opposed to a selection of random tracks DJ’s might play. I did an “LP” before on AI but that was literally 8 tracks on one record, and the reason that happened is they wanted to be album to sell it at LKP prices, but it wasn’t an album in my mind, just a very long EP!
3. You also form the song-writing nucleus of Duologue? How did the band come about and is it easy for you to have a foot in each camp?
It was from meeting a mate Tim at university and we both shared similar influences, electronic and more rock / indie etc. I think breadth of interest is a good thing and I like being able to do differing styles of music, so no it’s a pleasure doing both, it does just mean that I am a bit slow with delivering mixes etc!
4. Your stage name is taken from a famous book and film. Who would play you in ‘Toby Leeming’ the movie?
I always reckon when I am fat and old it would be Philip Seymour Hoffman! If I was being a bit more egotistical then could I have Orson Welles?
5. Your recent singles have been remixed by such luminaries as Claro Intelecto, John Heckle and now Legowelt. Who would be your dream remixer for the next single?
Yeah I am really chuffed with the remixers we have managed to get as they are all artists I rate and chosen on a per track basis. So it would entirely depend on the tune but I guess a Detroit luminary would be nice, Jeff?!!! Well you did say dream.
6. Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
There were youthful issues with fraud and forgery but other than that I am clean as a whistle.
7. You are set to play your own album launch party with a new live set at Suicide Circus, Berlin on 5 July. What can we expect?
A real mix of stuff, some off the album and some of my favourite older stuff. I try and mix it up as much as is possible within a live set, but its definitely on the harder side of my stuff.
8. How do you occupy your time outside of music?
Well there’s the day job which is me working for myself which is a bit shit but pays the bills – other than that, waiting to make music! I have to confess to being really bad to listening to tunes at the moment, I hit up talk radio and classical music and embrace middle age.
9. Which new producers or DJs have recently caught your eye?
Hmmm – well its tricky. As I say I am pretty out of touch at the moment as I find if I listen to too much dance music when I am making stuff it really feeds into what I do too heavily. I do like the Karenn project of Blawan and Pariah’s, I saw their live set on the Boiler Room, nice full analogue setup and properly hard techno.
10. Please give us your all time Top 10 (tracks, singles or albums):
Really? Well I ‘m not going to dwell on this too much otherwise it’ll be ages. I know I should seem all clever and alt, but I don’t think I will. Lets go top 10 albums that I can see across my music room in the CD rack, so its my all time right now that I can see….pretty route 1, then I went electronic, even if they aren’t the best.
Radiohead – Ok Computer
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 85-92
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Vangelis – Blade Runner OST
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
David Bowie - Low