Sheer Zed Live at Media Kitchen L.A. 2003 #VHS #WeirdMusicForWeirdTimes

From 2001 to 2005 I had the pleasure and privilege of being a part of what John Wyman (the then head honcho at Media Kitchen) would call “The Content Incubation Society”. As a regular client at Media Kitchen Studio, Gardena, L.A. (producing one album, one EP and one single) I would come to know the crew that ran this remarkable studio and rehearsal space namely, John Wyman (producer/mastering engineer), John “Irvo” Irvine (producer/engineer) and the late, great Bill Krodell (He was an engineer/producer for area studios such as Pendragon, Jet City and Media Kitchen. He worked with bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Seinsfeld, Pennywise and Motörhead. He also recorded oprea singers, rap artists, gospel choirs and even relaxation therapists!) Irvo would regularly organise rehearsals, recordings and the occasional happening (which would eventually come under the name of Irvopalooza) The video document you see before you now is a casual, surreal, chaotic and non-professional VHS taping of one such happening that was streamed live on the night onto the internet via a PC cambot. The line-up that evening also featured a local band called The Rolling Blackouts (which are not included here but make up part of the audience) I had no control over the quality of the taping. Indeed, as you will see the whole evening was somewhat unhinged (including my performance) The cameraman was unknown to me and is sadly uncredited. The performance starts at 7:23 mins, so if you wish to fast forward past some experimental cut out puppetry, Irvo stopping hipster art nerds nailing up canvas onto the pristine Media Kitchen wall with the now legendary “Hey, brainiacs!!!” intervention and bizarre L.A. audience banter, then please do so. The previous year I had released my debut album ‘Music For Your Head’. The tracks featured here are from that recording and are as follows: 1 – But He Didn’t Know What He Wanted. 2 – Label. 3 – Sticky Glyph. 4 – New/Old. 5 – You Are My Sin. Since this recording many things have changed or passed; my weird postage stamp moustache, the orange shiny jacket and the great Bill Krodell. Many thanks go to Adrian Finn at The Great Bear for his migration of the VHS tape to digital. I would also like to thank the two John’s for their inspirational support and friendship. This video is dedicated to the memory of Bill Krodell.       

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of eight. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the 1980’s. Sheer Zed has been releasing music through his own (SZR) Music label since 2002. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several) and the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance have all featured Sheer Zed’s eclectic electronic music •

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