On The Records: Mark Dobson (Ambassadeurs)

Hi Mark, how are you? Do you mind to introduce yourself?
Hi, I am an electronic music producer from Brighton, UK.

When do you start making music, especially under the Ambassadeurs moniker?
I started making music quite a long time ago on my first computer (an Amiga 500 using a program called Octamed) and learnt how to play guitar, piano and drums on the way.
The Ambassadeurs moniker started a couple of years ago when I decided to put out a load of tracks I had been working on to see what happened and if people would like them.

What’s the story behind the name?
I don’t really remember where the name came from, probably just from reading something and seeing the word and thinking yeah, that  will be what I’l call my project. Its funny because it confuses most people because of the name being plural, I turn up to gigs and they are like “where are the others” thinking it’s a duo or something.

Which musicians and albums are you most inspired by?
I listen to loads of different types of music but I suppose the artists that have had the biggest effect on me would be…

  • Amon Tobin – Im a fan of all his work and love the way he continues to push boundaries and is never scared to experiment.
  • Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders – This is one of those albums I can always keep going back to and listen to from start to finish. Its one of my favourites.
  • Cinematic Orchestra – Everyday – This album blew me away when I first heard it and still does today, I love the atmosphere it creates and the drumming is incredible.
  • Tame Impala – Innerspeaker  – Discovered this album about a year ago and its still getting played regularly, the great songs mixed with the raw and psychedelic production sound amazing.
  • Clams Casino – Instrumentals – This album is one of my favorites. Again the atmosphere and emotion in the way he samples things is really special.

I could go on all day with these and there are many important ones I have left out but inspiration and influence comes from everywhere.

What’s the typical creative process when you start making a track?
Sometimes I’l start by sequencing a beat, sometimes it will begin playing on the keys, sometimes it’l be chopping up samples on the MPD. I find Its always good to switch up the process of making music in order to keep thing fresh and discover new ways of doing things.
How would you describe your music to someone who hadn’t heard it?
I usually just call it electronic and whenever its described by anyone else they call it something different. The boundaries of music genres are so blurred nowadays which is a great thing but it always makes this question difficult.

Do you have any routine before you perform on a gig?
Not really other than having some drinks and watching whoever else is performing that night. That’s one of the best things, getting to see other acts play when Im gigging.

Watching your “M.O.P.E” video while getting high is one of the greatest trip I ever had, how do you see the importance between your music and the accompanying visuals?
Haha, yes a lot of people tell me that and I can understand why, it’s a pretty trippy video and the guys from Feel Good Lost did a great job, I love their work! I think visuals can be important if they are done in the right way and not just done for the sake of putting visuals with a track, listening to music without visuals frees the imagination.

Do you have any subliminal message on your music/video?
No, but that’s a good idea, I might try that haha.

What’s you currently doing beside music?
I’m completely working on music at the moment, apart from that I am doing some other music related work (Mixing and Mastering) for some people.

Next project?
I think I want to work on the Ambassadeurs project and concentrate on that until it is at a point where I will have some time to branch out into another project and try something different… I’l keep you posted on that one!


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