It was the drums at the age of 16 (about march '84), it was for a good friend of mine that said he needed a drummer for his psychobilly band, I remembered him asking me in a park one night if I fancied playing with him, I told him I had never played drums before but I would give it a go, he knew I was into punk/hard core amongst other alternative music and with my hyperactive personality I would be perfect. He got me a pair of drum sticks and booked a rehearsal room to jam songs he had written, it was quite a mess but an energy was there and within several weeks he had me hitting the drums just how he wanted it, he was stuck for a name for the project and I offered a name which he liked--it was Martian Brain Squeeze, the name came from a Canadian punk band I was very much into called the Neos, they had this EP called "He hassiban gets the martian brain squeeze".
I turn on the machines and start to think about ideas and take it from there, it usually begins if it's a beat, a track creating a beat/beats and then the bass-line/lines, then comes the sounds--drones, atmospherics etc, then the edits of various sounds I created and keep going till I feel I have enough sounds ideas to start working and building a track. I have many banks of sounds that we hear that can be manipulated in the machines.
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