FROM THE LAB: Check out our Bon Harris Music Reference Playlist!!!
We’re presenting the first in our new series of interview videos, starting with my friend and colleague, the inimitable Vaughn “Bon” Harris. Bon is known for his work with his band Nitzer Ebb, as well as his roles as synthesist, sound designer and remixer for artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson and recent work with DJM/REX. Working with Bon for the last few years here in Los Angeles, I have been lucky enough to discover what an inspiring and musical fellow he is, as you can see in this first clip.
In this first segment, Bon discusses his first experiences with synths, including trading in his Mongoose bicycle for an EDP Wasp. Describing the influence skateboarding had on his involvement in music, Bon explains the motivations behind the early days of Nitzer Ebb and their desire to translate the excitement and energy of skating into electronic music. Like so many other great artists of the time, he tells us about the importance of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” produced by Giorgio Moroder (or was that Morgio Zoroger…) in his discovery of synthesizers.
In 1989, Nitzer Ebb signed with Mute Records, joining a lineup of artists that included Depeche Mode, Erasure, New Order and many other influential Electronic and Synth Pop acts. Working with legendary music producer Flood, the band had the opportunity to record at Worldwide Studios, which housed the massive collections of synths amassed by Vince Clarke and Daniel Miller. This led Bon to a modular synthesizer that he’s been using ever since, the Roland System 100m.
To avoid any prickly Youtube/DMCA music takedown notices (no one has time for that…) we’ve created a playlist as a sort of music reference guide to this series of interview clips with Bon. You can open play the interview and the playlist side by side in separate tabs or windows to get the best experience, or listen to the music afterwards at your leisure. Rather than getting a tiny slice of the work Bon has done over the last few decades, please enjoy the full works.
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