Some of you may be aware that, many years ago, back when I used to write for FACT - back when it was an interesting and innovative magazine, not the lame on-line advertising conduit it is now - I interviewed Burial. Can't remember exactly when - sometime after the first LP / a bit before Untrue - 2006? 2007?
I was one of the first / few to publically interview him. The story behind that was a lot more complicated than just a simple interview / chat... basically, I had made contact with Burial many months earlier and - genuinely struggling to remember how we drifted into this - we used to speak on the phone for, literally, hours... just about music and shit. I can say, honestly - hand on heart - he's one of the nicest guys I've ever spoken to in my life. His passion for / interest in music of all shapes and forms was, well, very evident within minutes of our first conversation. I used to really enjoy sitting at our old kitchen table and talking to him on the phone about, well... stuff. Nice geezer; really fascinating, very articulate, extremely passionate.
There was no great plan to do a formal interview, but it started drifting in that direction and - with his permission - I started recording some of our chats, but he'd always end up saying, "Nah, not that one, mate. Please don't put that out there..." So I never did.
I had hours of stuff on dictophone - really fascinating / personal stuff. Beautiful stuff-- probably had the making of one of the best articles ever. But I made a promise to him - several, in fact - and I kept my word. Sat on all that stuff. But it was easy, tbh - I treasured our conversations, enjoyed talking to a fellow enthusiast - another music-lover. It was a weird, very special time for me-- both the Dubstep and Noise / Freepsych scenes were exploding. Looking back, it was a fucking Golden Age.
Eventually, media interest in Burial started to peak, and so I was despatched to talk to him in person and he kindly allowed me to spend a chunk of a day with him in London. It's one of those days that I'll remember for the remainder of my life. A lovely day. Chatting in the pub, wandering round town, talking in the park. "Now," he said. "Now, I'm ready..." And I switched on the tape-recorder. A plane flew overhead.
FACT have reprinted the interview - maybe as part of their recent anniversary, or off the back of the Burial release, I dunno. I got to spend a magical few hours with a truly remarkable and extremely likeable individual.
He still emails me occasionally, once in a blue moon, bless 'im.
A smashing bloke. I truly wish him the best in all he does.