Former member of legendary group Head Of David, now a headmaster of industrial act Tunnels Of Āh, Stephen Burroughs answers our questions about year 2014.
How would you summarize this past year on an artistic and personal level?
Artistically I am happy, always developing my sound and the ethos behind that sound. I’ve been writing and producing a new album which I’m pleased with (as far as I can be pleased with anything I do, I always here things I could do differently.
Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?
That is a tough question, I listen to music pretty much all the time. But if I kept a score of albums I’ve listened to this year it would probably be ‘Green’ by Steve Hillage from 1979, one of all time favourites. But this answer could be anything from Arvo Part to Bourbonese Qualk.
What was the best gig you’ve attended?
I rarely go to gigs these days but I had the great pleasure of playing the SE:UK Industrial Alliance festival in London last week (6-12-14) along with Sutcliffe Jugend, Brighter Death Now, Iron Fist of The Sun, khost plus many more, that was very enjoyable in a confrontational way.
What was the best non-music related cultural experience you’ve had?
Visiting Dresden for the Tower Transmissions IV festival, specifically the Militar Historiches Museum. I could have spent a minor lifetime in that place, a forbidding experience.
Was there an event within this past year that has significantly influenced your philosophy and outlook on life, or your perception of the world around you? For instance some specific place you visited, people you met and so on?
I can’t place one specific moment though there have been glimmers of insight this year that have spiritually sustained me. I don’t search for experiences I keep my mind open and let them happen when the conditions ripen for them to emerge. Idiots remain my gurus, you can always learn a lot from idiots.
What was your greatest disappointment in 2014?
I genuinely don’t label life as a ‘disappointment’ or otherwise. It’s part of my spiritual practice to stay in the ’empty centre’. I’m sure there were many minor moments of disappointment but nothing that left a scar.
Your plans, hopes and expectations for 2015?
My hope is that people will not vote Conservative or UKIP in the 2015 General Election. Some will of course, I just hope not that many.