5 Questions: Inge Beckmann

2011-01-28 09:45
Inge Beckmann's coffeetable book is called My Afflatus, available from www.pics2book.co.za at R299.95.
Click here to stand a chance of winning a copy of the book, courtesy of Orms.

1. You're adored by fans of Spindle Sect, Lark, and your solo work. Do you think each of your projects has its own following, or have your fans migrated and grown with you?

Spindle Sect and Lark have two very different energies, although they are both electronic and organic. So I think the following that likes that hybrid migrated with me and grew with me. My experimental solo tracks are more obscure and minimalistic so I might have shed a few die hard electro fans through that.

That said, I feel (that) I gained a couple of new piqued ears at the same time. I am a bit of a vocal adventurer so I try to play with my voice and change it as I feel fit. I suppose some people follow me for that. I have also involved myself in very interesting collabs over the past few years that have kept me very stimulated and have challenged me to grow as a vocalist.

2. What's the musical plan for 2011? New albums/projects or consolidation?

We're releasing a 3rd Lark album later this year. We are very excited! I have also collaborated with Bittereinder, Die Heuwels Fantasties and I'm busy working on a track with Francois van Coke - a theme song to an Afrikaans horror comedy we are both involved with.

3. You also sometimes engage in slightly unusual side projects: tell us about the coffee-table book you've been working on.

Orms contacted me and asked me if I was interested in taking part in this picturebook project. I was quite nervous at first because I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER! But I eventually warmed up to the idea and decided to give it a shot. I loved every second. It was so therapeutic and Nikon was kind enough to lend me a camera to work with.

4. When you were working on it, what were some of the ideas you were most excited about?

I was drawn to the romantic relationship between nature and the man-made, old people, shadows with a lot of texture and also accidental pictures (not thinking just shooting). It was a very organic process though and I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started out. I took an autodidactical approach.

5. On the social side, what's the best way for you to 'get away' from the work and the lights, etc?

Movies, doing crosswords and reading up about all things weird and wonderful. 

Our "5" series kicks off its 2011 run with one of SA's favourite music divas Inge Beckmann. See below to stand a chance of winning her coffee-table book My Afflatus.
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