CFCF (Mike Silver) was so kind to grace us with a mini interview. We here at the 20 have been following this talented young Canadian for quite some time now. He is most definitively in our hall of fame. Mike clearly has something very special, and this shines through so vividly in his production and his many brilliant remixes. His debut album Continent I is a journey of sound bliss. And we don’t get tired of it. Oh how we love to say just that.
What five words best describe CFCF?
Atmosphere, rhythm, melody, film and piano.
How did this whole music thing start for you?
Listening to music is pretty much what got me into it. I guess I got that feeling when you listen to something good where you want to try and do it yourself. I’d describe the music I make now as atmospheric electronic music, in varying styles… I have a hard time keeping myself to one genre.
What did you look to for inspiration while making Continent?
Many different sources of inspiration. Music, film and television. Arthur Russell, Larry Heard, Tangerine Dream, David Borden, 80s and 90s and 00s Balearic pop. David Lynch (Twin Peaks), Werner Herzog (Aguirre, Woodcarver Steiner), Michael Mann (Heat, Manhunter). Honestly too many to list! Try http://www.viva-radio.com/cfcf . You’ll find my influences there most of the time.
If you could perform with someone living or dead live in concert who would it be?
What sound or noise do you love?
In typical Twin Peaks fashion, the wind through the trees. Or a little piano arpeggio with tons of delay.
What are are you listening to at the moment?
A lot of Peter Gabriel, Dam-Funk, Popol Vuh, Prefab Sprout, Nacho Patrol, Michael Rother
and Walter Jones.
What is your vital daily ritual?
Coffee and an episode of Law and Order.
What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced at a show/gig so far?
Hm, nothing too wild I can remember unfortunately. Boresville.
What’s in store for you this year?
Playing some shows here and there, many remixes to come, releases of varying size on different labels! One with Rvng Intl. Hopefully a new LP with Paper Bag.
Any Last words?
Whenever you take a shower, always make sure the curtain is inside the tub.