"THAT'S HOW I LIKE IT, THAT'S WHY."
Skinshape is the project of London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer William Dorey, originally from Swanage, Dorset. Not much is known about him, and that is perfectly fine and unnecessary because that is exactly how he wants it to be. What is known though, is his high caliber music that has that distinct psychedelic component that characterizes Skinshape. To utilize one genre only to define his style would be an understatement. To Dorey, music is not just a form of expression, it is personal. A personal interpretation of the inner workings of himself. Whatever it is that encompasses the definition of himself. And he does a pretty amazing job at that. Dorey delivers an authentic expression untouched by the complications often surrounding music. From composition, process and delivery, the end result is just an astonishing, crisp, surreal, mellow sound that to define it is almost impossible.
“I play most of the stuff because it's so personal that I don't want someone else to have an impact on what it should be, which maybe sounds selfish, but it's the emotion in what's being played”.
Leaving his former band Palace and remaining almost anonymous to Skinshape, Dorey has simply offered this earthly dimension real, raw, uncontaminated music. And we are grateful and fully satisfied for his generosity.
Without further ado, go on and let your senses fully endulge and get lost in a moment where deciphering real from non, is simply all there is to do. Let Dorey, musician and music producer born in Swanage, Dorset -a small province in the south of England- introduce and enrich you to "his" music.
Q. Tell us about some of the highlights of your artistic career, such us memorable shows or publications and blogs where your music has been featured?
A. Highlights do not include any shows or features... For me, the highlight is having the privilege to do music as my 'job' and to be able to get by doing only that.
Q. What's shaped your artistic journey since then?
A. The artistic journey started for me around age 12 when I took an interest in the guitar and other musical instruments. I've been recording little bits of music at home since I was 14, doing it for fun trying to make tracks, layering up guitar parts. Back then, my music sounded quite feudal, not sure how that happened. It's been a steady and incessant progression since then...
Q. Do you remember the first piece of music you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. I could not say I remember the first piece of music I made, but as I said before I can remember those first pieces of music I recorded. I still have the files on my computer. If you come to my house you can hear them, but I will not give them to you, they are sort of like memories to me.
Q. How did you start in music? Why did you decide to become a musician?
A. I think that sometimes in people's lives something indescribable pushes them to do something. For me it is like that, I had an interest in music from a young age, and in recording music and the sonic nature of instruments... Something pushed me to explore this... And really that is all I can say. There was no conscious decision to 'become a musician' it's just what I wanted to do, almost at any cost.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. I did not have to sacrifice anything because it is what I wanted to do. I did not have to sever family ties or break up with my girlfriend to pursue my desire to do music, everything just kind of happened and actually I have only had support for what I do from the people around me.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. For me, music recorded before 1980 is my main influence. The 1950s-1970s are particularly potent influences for me. American rhythm and blues, Ennio Morricone, movie soundtracks, African music, South American music, reggae... They all melt into one huge pot of vibrations that I eat lustfully!
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it. What differentiates you from other musicians?
A. I will not say what differentiates me from others, for that I will leave to the listener. But the path to come to the musical place I am is part of a journey of discovery and recreation. Looking for strange and wonderful sounds and trying to combine different styles of music in ways that may not have been done before is what I try to do. But following the ethics and recording techniques of 30 years ago.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of music?
A. My philosophy is a very simple one. That is to simply do what sounds good! And to explore new sounds and textures. Aside from that music can be said to be a window into the soul and the essence of life, I think that's a nice way to view it. Music can capture a mood so perfectly. It can change your mood, it can enhance your mood, it can scare you, it can make you fall in love. The power is incredible.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. Success means that I am happy with what I am doing in my life and in my work. If I am happy, I am successful.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. I can't remember who said it, but it's certainly more than one person. That advice is not limited to music. It is to always do what you want to do, and to never give up on your dream, however long it takes to realise.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. Be imaginative, be creative, push yourself, explore new areas continuously. Do not be afraid to try new things.
IN THE STUDIO
Drums: Dan Hale
A clip featured on the TV Show 'Four To The Floor' on Channel 4, UK.