Derek Bailey

Derek Bailey


Author Profession: English Musician
Born: January 29, 1932
Died: December 25, 2005
Birth Sign: Aquarius


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I'm not much into current electronic stuff, what I think of as lounge electronics, mumbling electronics.

In fact it's quite gratifying for me to see some of the people who really objected to this method of working now being quite so profligate in their use of it.

I have always been attracted to the cottage industry side of this business.

For me, Company is still the best way for me to work.

For me, playing is about playing with other people.

I am reactive.

I don't research anything.

I like duos with percussionists. I like the songs that percussionists sing.

I think playing solo is a second rate activity, really. For me, playing is about playing with other people.

I think the blues is fine for blues players, but free blues has never made much sense to me.

I've always liked the effect of having somebody in there who hadn't the faintest idea what was going on.

In the absence of that, I am happy to play solo, but I don't think there is any comparison.

Nowadays, I really like playing in studios.

Playing music is not really susceptible to theory much. Circumstances affect it so much.

Solo concerts are murder, I find; I don't like doing them.

Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music.

Even if it is difficult playing with other people - sometimes it's great, sometimes it isn't, but that is kind of the point of it. It loses its point playing solo.

I wouldn't want to be ideological about it but I think of it as being the best way to approach this kind of playing. I don't think it works in other music, other kinds of playing.

Personally, I've found one of the more stimulating ways of playing in recent times has been to kind of move outside the free improvised area and work with people who are probably improvisers but they have a particular way of working.

Personally, I've found that the kind of thing that I like is going into somebody else's area and not playing their music but doing whatever I do in their area.

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