Interview: Daniel Higgs
Daniel Higgs, known primarily for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the legendary band LUNGFISH, will be visiting Nice'n'Sleazy on Wednesday 20th June to perform his solo works of which the following has been said. "Higgs has wedded his music and his visual art into a singular being, meant to be encountered as a conjuring force similar to that of the tarot experience. The yggdrasil is the great tree of Norse myth that connects all worlds of cosmology. Passing into Christian folklore, the tree is said to connect heaven and earth. In his relentless pursuit of the indivisible, Higgs travels up and down this spine and hatches a new transubstantiation of sound and image into life-form." Support comes from Raymond MacDonald & Jer Reid and Tickets Are Available --> HERE.
Ahead of this undoubtly cosmic performance we were able to get a hold of Daniel Higgs to ask him his thoughts on a few subjects..
NnS : Once upon a time, you fronted the band lungfish. The voice is a primal instrument. It requires amplification to be heard over a loud rock band like Lungfish. On your own you often do not require amplification, preferring the intimacy of an acoustic instrument and your own lungs, throat and various singing apparatus. Can you tell us about the process you involve yourself in when approaching how best to communicate with an audience?
DH : I can't tell you about the process. It's vibe-work. Crudest telepathy.
NnS: Somewhat relatedly, you do not use a mobile telephone. Can you tell me about how mobile phone technology makes you feel and how you see it's role in our society?
DH: I have an internetless fone in the states. again I cant really comment except maybe to quote ecclesiates- there is nothing new under the sun, which I take to mean that everything now corresponds with something in the past-society is static even though tech is not. in every age we worship idols of false gods.
NnS: What does the word 'God' mean to you?
DH: God means home
NnS : What does 'home' mean to you?
DH: Home means God
NnS : Whether it be travel to bring people your music or otherwise, are there travels that you particularly enjoy or dislike?
DH : I did not enjoy travelling to jail
NnS : Some of my favourite pieces of music by you feature your banjo playing. Can you tell me about how you came to play the banjo and what it means to you?
DH : A friend loaned me a banjo after I played it for a bit at his house. I switched to it from guitar almost immediately. I love its ancient voice. I love the voice of all banjo-like instruments. shamisen, tar, sarod, sanxian, gimbri, loutar, dhramyen. its a universal instrument.
NnS : What is next for you as an artist?
DH: I am painting a lot. larger door-size works mostly. recording a third album with Fountainsun, the duo with my Dear Wife, Fumie Ishii. working on the masterbook of verses, hieroglyphs etc.
NnS : thanks for your time Daniel!
Daniel Higgs & our booker James T. McKay. One of them looks very happy. Photo by Mhairi Muir