For our next Meet The Composer event with Erased Tapes and Jensen’s Gin we are delighted to be joined by Douglas Dare as we look at his amazing new album ‘Aforger’.
In a digital age where memories are mimicked by pixels and identity is as malleable as static, Douglas Dare’s new album Aforger questions the boundaries between reality and fiction.
Inspired by recent events and revelations encountered in his life these songs depict Dare at his most vulnerable, whilst simultaneously reflecting our own obsession with reality and technology back at us.
Aforger was mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and produced by long-time collaborator Fabian Prynn. In the following conversation Douglas strips back the personal journeys and realisations which preceded its recording.
Having first toured the world to support of the likes of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Fink, followed by European headline tours in 2014 and 2015, this autumn saw Douglas return to the live circuit for a series of select shows in London and beyond.
In a conversation with Douglas Dare on July 11th 2016:
The album title plays with the idea of a forger – someone creating imitations or copies, and reimagines them as the creator of something that’s no longer real. Prior to writing the record, I came out to my father and came out of a long relationship, both were hugely challenging for me and questioned my idea of identity and reality. These thoughts leaked out into the record and formed the core of Aforger. I was determined not to write a break-up album or repeat what I’d done before..
I grew up on quite an isolated farm in Dorset, surrounded by fields and not much besides. My mother taught piano from home and we didn’t have a computer, or the internet or mobile phones. In fact, my family still chooses not to use these things. It’s worlds apart from my life now in London where technology seems to dominate everything I do.
Read more album Douglas and the album here.
Join us for what is sure to be an amazing evening as CAS founder and BBC 6music host Colleen Murphy interviews Douglas about his inspirations and memories of making the album which will then be followed by a full album playback on our world class audiophile soundsystem. This will then be followed by a short Q&A.
We will also be joined for the evening by the incredible Jensen’s Gin who will be creating a bespoke cocktail for the evening designed especially to be drunk while listening to the album. Each ticket buyer will receive one complimentary cocktail.
Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry gin is a recreation of a classic, old-fashioned London Dry style. Smooth and rounded, with delicate floral and citrus notes it is an essential gin for a Dry Martini.
The kitchen will be ready to serve food from 1830 and will be serving a special Temaki menu.
Date and Time: Monday January 23rd January 18:30 – 21:00pm (Doors open at 18:00)
Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE
Tickets: £10 here (includes one complimentary Jensen’s Gin cocktail, non-transferable for any other drinks)
Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Douglas Dare
Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Simaudio Moon 310LP Phono Stage, Audio Note Jinro Integrated Amp, Chord Signature Speaker Cable, Chord Signature Tuned Aray interconnects, ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers