12 September 2012The Wim Mertens exclusive interview
Recorded in Bruxelles, Belgium on 29 August 2012 the interview covers in depth the origins of Wim's music, his musical education, style, influences, philosophy and recording techniques.
The interview was recorded to a high standard using professional equipment, is punctuated with selected clips of Wim's work and lasts a full 90 minutes.
Many thanks to Brandon Spivey, Laszlo Umbreit (sound recording), Paul Pledger (Executive Consultant), Chusa at Usura and last but not least, Wim Mertens for making it all happen.
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Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography