playing his instrument looking over
is a little difficult for me to find
proper words to describe Zed Desideraja.
Even after knowing him for nearly 10
years (I think), he continues to remain
a mystery – a
character in the shadows who tells stories
through the sounds of the yidaki (commonly
know as the didgeridoo) and the sites
of surrealism paintings. While his physical
being resides between Mexico and England,
he has a soul that is scattered throughout
the 7 continents. Paying homage and respect
to the yidaki, Zed has recorded an album
that reflects the spirit of the Aborigini
people, and represents a vulnerable side
of himself. Naming the album, "Critical
Paranoia", gives a glimpse into
the man that admits, "I'm a bit
of a darkhorse and want people to know
me through listening to my music and
looking at my paintings." So, the
interview GeoClan conducts below..is
just well, a little extra something.
Tell me a little bit of history about
how you came to discover and fall in
love with the yidaki?
Zed: It was at the Brixton Academy in
November 1993 watching Jamiroquai. When
Wallis (the yidaki player) came on and
played, I was complete blown away. It
was the firs time that I'd seen the instrument
played in such a way, and not just as
a novelty. I instantly knew that that
was the instrument I would play for the
rest of my life. I eventually started
playing in the summer of 1995 in Los
Angeles. There really is something about
making a tree sing.
is playing his yidaki
The album can be seen as a cultural experience
of sorts really…tell
me a little bit about the creation
and birth of it?
Zed: The album was drawn from a lot
of emotions; in particular, very low
points of my life that I really need
to keep to myself. It's a very personal
album in that aspect. The actual playing
style of the yidaki is contemporary,
with strong elements that incorporate
a traditional foundation technique, as
used by 'yolngu' in Northeast Arnhemland.
I wanted the sound to have a very earthly
vibe with a timeless feel. I sincerely
hope I achieved that latter.
Geo: Briefly describe the particulars
on guests, collaborations, etc.?
Zed: I worked with only one person;
DJ Tigerstyle (Alvin Seechurn) who produced
all the beats and scratches. I was telling
him what I needed and wanted. I tried
to paint so many pictures in his head
of how it should sound. What he came
back with blew my head. He has incredible
talent, and it was a pleasure working
with him. A show will be in the works
in the not too distant future. Also,
a huge THANK YOU to Richard Bignell for
the recording, mixing and mastering.
Geo: Who are some of your inspirations
Zed: The world around me – good
and evil. The influences they provide
and make me who I am. Jungles, oceans,
deserts, the fury and beauty of nature.
Music wise – Jamiroquai and traditional
playing from the Northeast Arnhemland.
The Yolngu are without a doubt the greatest
players on this planet.
art from Zed
Geo: I know you are a paint artist – tell
me a little bit about the difference
and balances between that and your music?
Zed: When I don't play yidaki – I
paint. When I don't paint – I play
yidaki. They both feed off one another.
It is absolutely essential to find a
positive channel of release within our
lives. No one taught me to play yidaki
and no one taught me to paint. I had
to find it myself. Sound and picture
are the easiest ways for me to express
myself, as I don't have a clue how to
do it through words.
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