Dan Murdoch is singer and bassist with The Lazlo Device
- How did you get your initial start in music?
I met Guzzly Bear (Ross Saunders) playing at the Rock Garden in Covent Garden. I was about 16, he was a little older, and playing with his band goldroom. They were awesome. We got chatting. And i ended up joining the band.
I was a solely guitarist back then, but they told me I might have to play a little bit of bass. When i arrived at the studio for my first jam, they handed me a bass, and that was that. I played bass for them for the next three years.
When goldroom folded and The Lazlo Device was born i stuck to the bass, and ended up doing the singing too.
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
We all love writing and playing more than anything else. We’re good mates so happy spending days together in the studio, or on the road, and are constantly jamming new ideas. I think anything that would let us spend more time dedicated to making and playing music would be the dream.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
We’ve never even attempted to play a cover – everyone in the band is a good song writer, so there a tons of ideas going round. It would seem weird to play anyone else’s music. I’ve been writing tunes with Guzzly since i was 16.
- Who are your top three influences and why?
Everyone has their own influences, but for me, i’d say Radiohead were a huge influence growing up, and i feel like I’ve grown musically as they have. I’d have to put someone more ditty-ish in there, maybe Beta Band? Or Grizzly Bear. And in the last few years the Wild Beasts albums have blown me away. Enjoying the new Foals direction too.
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
This is one of our more chilled numbers. Its a reflection on something or other.
I wrote the melody and vocals during a reflective moment strolling late one night through Highbury Fields. My phone was dead so I sang the song all the way home, so as not to forget it, then laid done a bass line and melody.
The rest of Lazlo took to the tune, adding their own musings on piano, guitar, drums and backing. Lazlo debuted it at The Troubadour in Earls Court at the end of 2014 during a Barney Scott night (Passport to Stockholm).
During recording we included some sleazy guest sax from a bloke called Dennis – who we met in The Fox, Haggerston, wearing a keyboard tie, during a break from recording. We invited him inside, he laid down some notes, and we never saw him again.
The next week, at a Wimbledon Weekender, Mark and Leo composed some gentle backing strings to add to the texture, and the Looking Glass was whole.
Recorded at Live Wire Creative in Haggerston & Space Biscuit in Wimbledon, mixed at Guzzly Bear Studios in Hoxton, and mastered by Roy and Mike at Hafod.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Our studio is in Haggerston, so we often play around Hoxton, Shoreditch, or head up to Camden.
We played the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen recently and it was ace. We’ve also played a lot of shows at The Troubadour in Earls Court and I always enjoy it down there.
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
I’ve really been feeling the Nick Mulvey album – but I think he was nominated for a Mercury so that’s hardly a big secret.
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