Q&A SERIES - CHANTAL ACDA
GZH100 - We Hovered With Short Wings is a compilation album celebrating Gizeh's 100th release. It features 21 exclusive tracks from artists who have been involved with the label over the past 18 years.
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GZH19 - Sleepingdog - Polar Life
GZH31 - Sleepingdog - With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields
GZH46 - Chantal Acda - Let Your Hands Be My Guide
GZH54 - Chantal Acda - Live in Dresden
Can you remember how you ended up first getting involved with Gizeh
Chantal: As if it was yesterday. Rich and I met after a concert I played with my band Chacda in Leeds. We immediately connected. We stayed in touch and we decided to work together.
What are you currently finding inspiring?
Definitely nature and also culture. My work is most of the time a reflection of what is happening around me. But also our loss in contact with nature. With just being instead of always wanting more. The downside of capitalism. I try not to write about it but it seems to always happen.
What does a regular day look like for you? Do you have routines or habitual ways you work?
Since none of us have been able to tour this year, what have you been occupying yourself with?
I was finishing a new solo-album and I made a new film-score for Koyaanisqatsi. A wonderful, deep experience.
Tell us a bit about your workspace / studio / the place you create.
I work in my basement. A very simple intimate place. Far away from my family life. I also sometimes work from a little caravan that I put in my horses field.
I exercise. That has been the best way for me to get things flowing. Boxing, extreme sports, running. And I spend a lot of time with the horses. It puts me in the now and that’s when creativity comes. Besides that I am always surprised how much time I spend with organising instead of the music itself.
What would be your dream collaboration?
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis in the house.
What was your entry point into playing music?
Hearing my mum sing….
How do you know when a record's finished?
When I am still working on it, I never have doubts. Just a lot of fun and passion. As soon as I start thinking it’s a bad record, I know I have to stop and the phase of recording is done.
How do you balance health and productivity?
A lot of sports. A lot.
Do you have a favourite Gizeh release or one that particularly resonates with you?
Glissando- With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea….. love it and it brings back so many good memories that I wouldn’t want to miss for the world.
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