What is UM?   Leave a comment

Been sat in Sam’s cupboard for almost an hour trying, for the purposes of a press release, to describe what it is I do as UM, which is like asking a self-obsessed masochist what he does for a living, which is like staring into a Hall of Broken Mirrors, which is like being fucked by an Indian elephant God, which is a real pain in the arse.

I’d like to be able to say something like: “I don’t really know what it is that I do, I just try to feel my way intuitively…” which is kind of true, but obviously bollocks at the same time. I’ve got lots of ideas about what I want to do, and lots of ideas about what I’m doing. In fact I think I’ve got more ideas than actual…stuff. I also feel under some pressure, probably from common sense, to just keep it factual and unpretentious, but that makes it sound like the most dreary, everyday wanky little thing in the world. And then I get to thinking: But it is. And then I start hating myself even more.

Here though, for what it’s worth, are the bare facts. More or less.

I’ve been involved with music since 1990-ish, but I still can’t play a goddamn thing, and only just know enough about computer/music technology to get by.
Um starts circa 1996
Start gigging late ’97/98
Since then I’ve been mostly doling it and getting wasted (and getting increasingly less proud and more ashamed for doing both), doing millions of (Cambridge) gigs, and making shitloads of songs (2000+, at least)
My live act was meant to be some kind of multimedia mind-fucking, rib-tickling, crotch-fondling philosophical art circus with films, jokes and politics, but mainly it’s just me singing over tapes, and the occasional bit of rambling between songs.
I can count the number of demos I’ve sent out on the fingers of two hands, and still have a thumb left over to stick up, irony-style, at The Biz, or up my ass or something.
I’m almost 33 and I’ve practically got a wife and kid.

So there you are. Game over.

PS: In the end I asked people via email what UM was all about and I got lots of kind and considered replies, so I’ll shut up now.

Posted January 23, 2003 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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